Our Association

IDCA members are lawyers and claims professionals actively engaged in the practice of law or in work relating to the handling of claims and the defense of legal actions. IDCA’s mission is to be the trusted professional voice for the defense of civil litigants. We work toward our mission through advocacy, education and member engagement.

Founded in 1964, with official incorporation in 1965, IDCA embarked upon its journey 50 years ago. At an early Board of Governors meeting held in the Capital Room at the Fort Des Moines Hotel, “there was considerable discussion of the basic purposes of the organization and it was generally agreed that the organizations’ primary function was for education of the membership in the best techniques for establishing meritorious defenses.” 

While the organization has seen many changes in the past half-century, IDCA has remained steadfast to its purpose. IDCA’s mission is to be “the trusted professional voice for the defense of civil litigants. We work toward our mission through advocacy, education and member engagement.”

Advocacy: IDCA members develop and support policies and procedures that ensure a fair and effective civil justice system.

Education: IDCA delivers quality, timely, relevant continuing legal education for individuals and organizations involved in the defense of civil litigants.

Member Participation: IDCA provides opportunities for members to contribute to the success of the organization.
Learn more about IDCA’s rich history – and predictions for the future – in our 50th Anniversary Brochure


         
                       
Diversity Policy

IDCA expresses its strong commitment to the goal of diversity in its membership, and values the perspectives and varied experiences that are found only in a diverse membership. The promotion and retention of a diverse membership is essential to the success of our organization as a whole as well as our respective professional pursuits. Diversity brings to our organization a broader and richer environment that produces creative thinking and solutions. IDCA supports and promotes diversity in its organization. 

                    
         

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Advocacy

IDCA advocates and lobbies on issues and legislation in the Iowa state legislature. The Association keeps members apprised of new laws, regulations, standards and changes affecting the courts and civil litigants.

 

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