A Council Bluffs attorney is a member of a task force created to accelerate the safe return of family law trails to the state of Iowa.
Shannon Simpson, owner of Simpson Legal Group LLC and a practicing family law attorney in Council Bluffs for the past two decades, was appointed to the Jumpstart Family Law Task Force by the Iowa Supreme Court.
The court created the task force to make recommendations to help facilitate decision making on how to proceed with family law trials when they resume, including ways to prioritize family law cases postponed by COVID-19.
Members are seeking to ensure parties’ fundamental rights while protecting the health and safety of parties, court staff, attorneys, judges and members of the public.
Iowa Supreme Court Justice Thomas Waterman of Davenport is the task force’s chair, and Stacey Warren, a private practice attorney in Des Moines, is co-chair. Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Julie Schumacher is also a member of the task force.
Other task force members are Kevin McKeever, district judge, Iowa City; David Cox, private practice attorney, Iowa City; Scott Hand, district court administrator, Mason City; Julie Mayhall, private practice attorney, Carroll; Jackie Myers, Des Moines County clerk of court, Burlington; Jessica Noll, private practice attorney, Sioux City; Todd Nuccio, state court administrator, Des Moines; Carrie O’Connor, Iowa Legal Aid, Dubuque; Katherine Salazar, private practice attorney, Washington; Anjela Shutts, private practice attorney, Des Moines; Justin Teitle, private practice attorney, Bettendorf; and Jenny Weiss, private practice attorney, Dubuque.
The task force’s recommendations are due by June 26.