Sibley, Iowa — A northwest Iowa attorney has become the 128th president of The Iowa State Bar Association.
Joe Feller of Sibley, a sole practitioner in the firm of Koopman Kennedy & Feller is the second president in 56 years from Sibley to lead the statewide association of more than 8,000 Iowa-licensed attorneys. He is also the first ISBA president in almost a decade to come from a rural county-seat town.
In his inaugural speech at the association’s annual meeting, the 36-year-veteran attorney summarized his goals for his presidential year, which runs until next June.
“Back to basics” is the theme for his year. He plans to ask the bar to rededicate its mission to serving the members, supporting the legal community and the justice system, and serving the community at large.
The State Bar Association says Feller is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to justice. The legal challenges facing undocumented workers and victims of human trafficking are two groups in particular that he wants to address. He says that as a bar association, they cannot ignore these types of issues that affect our society.