September 15, 2011

Jim Hanks of Ahlers & Cooney Elected to ABA Section for State and Local Government Law

Des Moines, Iowa (September 15, 2011) Attorney Jim Hanks, Shareholder with the Ahlers & Cooney law firm, was recently elected at the annual American Bar Association (ABA) meeting in Toronto as an officer for the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law. He joins the Section’s Executive Committee as its Secretary and will eventually serve as Chair of the Section in three years.
Jim has been a member of the ABA for 35 years and a member of the State and Local Government Law Section for 15 years. Overall, the ABA has 22 different Sections focused on specific areas of the law. The State and Local Government Law Section serves over 10,000 lawyers and law students. It focuses on in-depth examination of issues, regulations and trends for lawyers involved in urban, state and local government law and policy.
At the ABA annual meeting in Toronto, Jim was also selected to moderate one of eight Presidential Showcase presentations. As moderator and presenter, Jim was responsible for identifying the topic to be presented, preparing the presentation, and moderating a panel of four speakers. The topic was, “The Bully at School Goes Hi-Tech: Protecting Students in the Internet Age.”   Jim’s presentation can be viewed on the Ahlers & Cooney website at
Jim graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1975. He has been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers/U.S. News annually since 1995 for Employment & Labor Law. He is also recognized by Chambers USA for his work in Labor & Employment Law in Iowa. Jim’s practice includes advising and representing school districts, cities and counties in collective bargaining, labor relations and local government law.
For nearly 125 years, Ahlers & Cooney has been providing comprehensive legal services to local, state, national and international businesses, educational institutions and municipalities.

Hanks, James


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