Using IowaJustice.org for case research

IAJ members who subscribe to our forum, criminal law, work comp, or family law listserves compare the resource to having the largest law firm in the state right at their finger tips. Right up there with our successful legislative advocacy and our best-in-the-state CLE seminars, IAJ’s listserve is considered a top member benefit. But did you know that you have access to a host of additional resources through your account at IowaJustice.org?

IAJ’s Listserve Archive

Every IAJ listserve post that has ever been sent (dating back to mid-2001) is available through IowaJustice.org. That adds up to hundreds of thousands of posts from your fellow trial lawyers across multiple listserves, and it is all entirely searchable.

When logged into IowaJustice.org find the “Member Resources” pull down menu along the top of the homepage then select “IAJ Listserves,” then “Search.” Here you can use a number of smart search options to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Access to this listserve archive is limited to only those listserves to which you currently subscribe.

IAJ’s New CLE Materials Library

Members have been asking for this for years, and we’ve finally built it! You can now access every single individual IAJ CLE presentation as a word searchable PDF on our website. At this writing, the library includes every presentation from every live seminar dating back to 2010. That’s over 600 presentations from over 60 seminars, and we’re just getting started. Our goal is go all the way back to 1990.

When logged into IowaJustice.org find the “Member Resources” pull down menu along the top of the homepage then select “IAJ CLE Materials Library.” The documents are sorted in folders by year and seminar. There is a “Search” tab along the top where you can use a number of smart search options to find exactly what you’re looking for. As an example, typing “loss of consortium” in the “exact phrase” search function yields 40 documents. Or typing “Jamie Cook” in the “presenter” search function identifies all nine presentations he’s delivered since 2010.

Access to this CLE materials library is open to all active IAJ members.

“Casey” the Case Catalog

Using the power of the EDMS system, IAJ is directing our members to pleadings, motions, briefs, jury instructions, orders, rulings and verdicts/verdict forms so that when needed, you can access templates. When it comes to written trial advocacy, you practice in public and your filed documents end up in the public arena, not subject to copyright, work product or attorney-client privilege protections.

When logged into IowaJustice.org find the “Member Resources” pull down menu along the top of the homepage then select “IAJ Case Catalog.” This catalog provides a roadmap to find relevant documents. If, for example, you want to find briefs associated with UM/UIM cases, you can scroll through the catalog to retrieve examples of such briefs.

Access to this case catalog is open to all active IAJ members.

IAJ Work Comp Resource Library

Like our IAJ CLE Materials Library, this is a brand new member benefit as of 2021 so expect more documents and resources to be added in the future. At this writing, the work comp resource library has two main folders. The first folder houses historic Iowa Industrial Commissioner Reports from 1979-1990. The second folder includes the case and appeal summaries that our work comp core group has prepared over the years. These are all completely word searchable PDFs, so you will never need to scroll through documents to find what you’re looking for.

When logged into IowaJustice.org find the “Member Resources” pull down menu along the top of the homepage then select “IAJ Work Comp Resource Library.”

Access to this resource library is open to all active IAJ Work Comp Section members. IAJ’s Criminal Law Core Group is in the process of building out an extensive resource library for members of our Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Section, and we will add that to the website’s Member Resources tab as soon as it is ready.