IAJ's 47th Annual Convention - Des Moines Marriott Downtown


IAJ's November Annual Convention has become one of the most anticipated CLE seminars in Iowa. The 2020 Convention will be offered as a hybrid. Each registrant can choose to attend in person, or virtually/online. 

Seating for the in-person convention will be limited to 115 registrants. Subsequent registrants can choose the in-person waitlist or can choose to attend virtually. Virtual/online convention attendance is not limited, and you can register anytime.


  • You can expect to wear a facial covering.
  • You can expect to practice social distancing.
  • You can expect assigned seating six feet apart from other attendees.
  • You can expect to adhere to a self-administered pre-event wellness check.
  • You can expect low or no contact food and beverage service.
  • As always you can expect the best trial lawyers experience in Iowa.

Remember, if you're more comfortable attending the convention from the comfort of your home or office, virtual/online registration is available for anyone who wants it. 


You will experience a live video feed of everything the in-person attendees experience, including the ability to:

  • Ask questions of presenters;
  • Engage with convention exhibitors and sponsors;
  • Chat with fellow trial lawyer attendees;
  • Access all presentation material online at any time;
  • Attend IAJ's Annual Convention from any device.

Circumstances outside of our control could cause IAJ to change or alter the plans for this event. We will keep all registrants informed if any event changes occur.


Building a Better Demand Letter with Rob Conklin, West Des Moines
Evidence-Based Causation in Traffic Crash-Related Litigation: From Whiplash to Wrongful Death with Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., Portland, OR
ETHICS: Professional and Ethical Tips for Lawyers with Justice Matthew McDermott, Iowa Supreme Court
Appealing to the "New" Iowa Supreme Court with Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge; and Jessica Zupp, Denison
ETHICS: Attorney Disciplinary Board Claims: A Clear-Eyes Analysis with Katie Ervin Carlson, West Des Moines
Maximizing Your Damages From Complaint to Trial with Bruce Braley, Denver
How the Agency and District Courts are Interpreting the 2017 Workers' Compensation Law Changes with Emily Anderson, Cedar Rapids; and David Stamp, Waterloo


Trials Update with Chad Swanson, Waterloo
Medical Aspects of TBI with Dr. Shawn Spooner, Urbandale
Identifying With and Understanding Conservative Jurors with Lisa Blue, Dallas, TX
What to Do When Your Client Calls at 2:00 AM With a Criminal Law Issue with Tom Farnsworth, Iowa City; and Nina Forcier, Waterloo
The Role of Foreseeability with Jim Fitzsimmons, Mason City
Legal and Proof Aspects of TBI with Bruce Stern, Lawrenceville, NJ
Opening Statements with Karen Roberts, Tyler, TX
Effective Settlement Strategies and Negotiations from the Defense Perspective with Amy Beck, Johnston, Moderator; Erika Bauer, Des Moines; Maggie Hanson, Des Moines; and Melissa Schilling, Des Moines
Legislative Changes with Lisa Davis-Cook, West Des Moines, Moderator; Nate Borland, West Des Moines; and Eashaan Vajpeyi, Waterloo


CLE Hours:
15 CLE hours including 2 Ethics hours (applied for).
Registration: Early Bird registration is available through October 5. Those who have paid 2020 IAJ dues, or who join IAJ before or at the convention, are eligible for the member rate. Please use a separate registration form for each registrant.
Luncheon Programs: Your seminar registration entitles you to attend both luncheon programs at no additional charge. Additional guests are $25 per lunch. Please indicate dietary needs.
Seminar Materials: All seminar materials will be accessible online immediately prior to and during the convention at no charge to registrants. Registrants may also purchase a standard seminar book, but it must be ordered upon registration to ensure availability.


Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Click here to reserve your hotel room by October 21st.  

Or call the hotel directly at 515-245-5000.

Remember to ask for the IAJ rate of $148.


IAJ 2020 Annual Sponsors

Cancellation Policy

Refund Policy

Cancellations will be accepted through October 28, subject to a $50 administrative fee. Requests for cancellations cannot be honored after October 28, but materials will be mailed or a substitute may attend. Nonmembers substituting for a member must pay the difference in price at the door.