John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program
This federally-funded program provides loan repayment awards to public prosecutors and defenders employed in the state of Iowa who agree to remain in their positions for 3 years.
Renewal of this award is contingent upon future funding, employment, and each recipient completing renewal applications for funding by the priority deadline.
- Meet the definition of an eligible prosecutor or public defender in the State of Iowa (see definitions in Appendix A and Appendix B of the application);
- Must have been employed in an eligible position on or before January 1, 2012;
- Complete and file annual applications by the deadline established by the Iowa College Aid. If funds remain available after the application deadline, the Iowa College Aid will continue to accept applications;
- Have outstanding eligible educational loan debt, described as one of the following:
- Federal Subsidized Stafford loans;
- Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loans;
- Federal Perkins loans;
- Federal Graduate PLUS loans;
- Federal Consolidation loans (excluding those used to repay Federal Parent PLUS Loans)
- Be employed in an eligible prosecutor or public defender position for each year of the three-year contract period;
- Must be continually licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa;
- Must be employed full-time, which is not less than 75 percent of the forty hour work week; and
- Must not be in default on any federal student loans
Prosecutor - Fulll-time employee of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level (including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases). 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21(b)(1).
Prosecutors who are employees of the federal government are not eligible.
Public Defender - an attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full-time employee of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full-time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a state or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employees full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to Subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases. 42 U.S.C. - 3797cc-21(b)(2).
NOTE: Attorneys who are in private practice and not a full-time employee of a non-profit organization, even if individually or part of a firm that is under contract with a state or court-appointed to provide public defense services, do not qualify as "public defenders" and therefore are not considered to be eligible as beneficiaries under this solicitation.
- Completed and signed application and form
- Completed and signed Service Agreement (see Attachment A of the application)
- Signed copy of the 2012 US 1040 tax form and 2012 Iowa tax form
- Priority application deadline is September 30, 2013.
- Conditional award designations will be made by December, 2013.
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-RJ-BX-0023 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.