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Belin McCormick attorneys are active in promoting our community by volunteering in several capacities. Our attorneys have been appointed to statewide or national board and commissions. Others serve as leaders of professional associations, nonprofit organizations and business and industry associations. Many donate substantial time to charitable causes, providing free legal services to those who cannot afford them.

Beginning with David Belin’s service on the Warren Commission and the Rockefeller Commission's staff, our attorneys have strived to contribute outside the legal arena.  Several have been appointed as adjunct professors at local law schools.  Several have also become judges.

By no means exhaustive, the following provides a sampling of organizations and committees in which the firm’s attorneys have served.  

Government Councils/Committees

  • National Planning Board for the White House Conference on Aging
  • Iowa State Board of Regents, Member
  • Iowa State Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Eighth Circuit Federal Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Committee on Local Rules, United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Southern District of Iowa, Chair
  • Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Attorney Disciplinary System, Chair
  • Iowa Lottery Authority
  • Vision Iowa, Board of Directors
  • IOWAccess Advisory Council, Member and Chair
  • State of Iowa Information Technology Council
  • Governor’s Iowa Public Funds Investment Task Force, Chair
  • Legislature Reform Committee on Government Ethics and Procedures, Co-Chair
  • Legislative Joint State Government Ethics Committee, Chair
  • Governor’s State Institutional Task Force, Chair
  • Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
  • Governor’s Committee on Child Abuse Prevention, Chair
  • Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Iowa State Historical Society, Trustee and Chair

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Chair, ISBA Real Estate Practice Manual Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Real Estate and Title Law Section
    • Chair, ISBA Environmental and Natural Resources Law Council
    • Chair, ISBA Appellate Practice Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Technology Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Corporation, Banking, Business Law Sections
    • Chair, ISBA Annual Meeting
    • Chair, ISBA Trade Regulation Section
    • Chair, ISBA Jury Instruction Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Administrative Law Section
    • Chair, ISBA International Trade Committee
    • Chair, ISBA Labor and Employment Law Section
    • President, Board of Governors
    • Fellow, ISBA Foundation
    • Temporary Examiner, Iowa Board of Bar Examiners
  • ​Polk County Bar Association
    • President, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court
  • Energy Bar Association
    • Chair, Power Generation and Marketing Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Corporate Counsel Association
  • International Masters of Gaming Laws
  • Association of Conflict Resolution
  • Iowa Association of Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court of Iowa IOLTA Commission
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Food and Drug Law Institute
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Central Iowa Society for Human Resources Management
  • Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council
  • Des Moines Thursday Tax Forum
  • Des Moines Estate Planning Council
  • Blackstone Inn of Court
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Educational Involvement

  • Central Iowa Harvard Schools Committee
  • Drake University Law School Agricultural Law Center, Founding Members
  • Drake University Law School, Board of Counselors
  • University of Iowa Law School Foundation
  • Iowa Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, Chair
  • Grand View College National Alumni Council
  • Roosevelt High School Booster Club
  • Grand View College Strategic Planning Commission
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Education
  • Des Moines Public Schools Advisory Committee on Gifted and Talented Education, Chair
  • Drake University Midwest Moot Court Team, Coach
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Drake University Law School
  • Associate Professor of Law, Drake University School of Law
  • Advisory Committee, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted and Talented Education, University of Iowa, Chair
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences, Board Member
  • Iowa State Board of Regents, Member
  • Iowa State University Alumni Association, President
  • West Des Moines Community School District, Chair of Community Education Advisory Council
  • Iowa State University Partnership for Prominence Capital Campaign, Deputy National Chair
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Iowa
  • West Des Moines Leadership Academy 
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School Foundation, Board Member and President

The Arts

  • BRAVO Greater Des Moines, Founding members
  • Civic Music Association of Greater Des Moines, Board Member and President, Treasurer and Development Chair
  • Des Moines Symphony Association, Trustee
  • Des Moines Metro Opera, Board Member and President
  • Des Moines Civic Center, Board of Trustees
  • Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation, Chairman
  • Living History Farms, Board Member, Board Secretary
  • Des Moines Social Club, Board Member
  • Very Special Arts Iowa, Board Member
  • Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, President, Board of Directors
  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble

Sports and Wellness

  • Youth soccer, softball, baseball and basketball team coaches
  • Greater Des Moines Sports Authority, Board Member
  • Soccer West Soccer Club
  • Greater Des Moines Youth Soccer Club, Board Member
  • Walnut Creek YMCA Board of Directors

Pro Bono

  • ISBA Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Polk County Bar Association Latino Outreach Clinic
  • Iowa Legal Aid Intake Volunteers
  • Member of Planning Committee for Equal Justice After Hours, Iowa Legal Aid
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Polk County Legal Aid
  • Polk County Legal Aid Society, President, Board of Directors
  • Central Iowa Legal Aid Advisory Council, Board of Directors
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate in Polk County Juvenile Courts
  • HOLA Center (Hispanic Outreach and Legal Assistance), Board of Directors

Business Associations

  • Greater Des Moines Committee, Chair
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership, Chair
  • Vintage Mutual Funds, Chairman of the Board
  • Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, Chair
  • Polk County Mental Health Center, President, Board of Directors

Charitable and Community Service Organizations

  • United Way of Central Iowa, Campaign Chairman
  • United Way of Central Iowa, Tocqueville Society
  • United Way Emerging Leaders Initiative
  • Greater Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Member of Board of Directors and President
  • Central Iowa Shelter Services, President, Board of Directors
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Iowa
  • Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Board of Directors
  • Windsor Heights Foundation
  • K-Life of Des Moines
  • AIDS Project of Central Iowa
  • Children and Families of Iowa, Board Member and President
  • The Homestead, Living and Learning Center for Adults with Autism, Board Member and President
  • Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, Board Member
  • Hospice of Central Iowa
  • Junior League
  • Des Moines Jaycees
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines, Board Member and President
  • Youth Homes of Mid-America, Board Member
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