June 23, 2022

On August 5, 2022, retired attorney Jim Hanks will receive the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Twenty-fifth Annual Jefferson Fordham Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. This award is presented by the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law and the Jefferson Fordham Society.  

The focus of this Section of the ABA is on issues relating to urban, state, and local government law and policy. Jim was involved with this Section for many years and served as Chair of the Section in 2014-2015. There are approximately 6,000 members in the Section of State and Local Government Law.

The Jefferson Fordham awards program was established to recognize and honor the accomplishment of practitioners and institutions active in the varied areas of practice associated with state and local government law.

Jim retired in December 2018 and his practice within the state of Iowa included advising and representing school districts, cities, and counties in collective bargaining, labor relations, and local governmental law. Jim authored multiple books published by the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law on the topic of school bullying. 

Jim graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1975. Jim was recognized by COSA (National Council of School Board Attorneys) with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. He had been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers/U.S. News annually from 1995-2020 for Employment & Labor Law. He was also recognized by Chambers USA from 2008-2019 for his work in Labor & Employment Law in Iowa.

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