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O N T H E C O V E R : W W W. L A W. U I O W A . E D U The College of Law unveiled a new web site in September. Not only does the site provide a new look and organizational structure, it is striving to make more information available to prospective students, current students and alumni. The site was designed and is maintained as a collaborative effort between the Office of University Relations and the College of Law. Josh Kaine, Ann Freerks, Gary Kamen, Modei Akyea, and Kirk Murray from the Office of University Relations and Kirk Corey, Bob Ramsey, Amy Liu and Jill De Young from the College of Law provided direction, support and design to the new site.

G E T I N VO LV E D W I T H I OWA L AW ! The College of Law is grateful for the involvement of its alumni. From making financial gifts to the Iowa Law School Foundation to judging professional skills training exercises, Iowa Law alumni always answer the call.  Without such support, we could not achieve or maintain our outstanding national reputation.

If you are interested in getting involved with Iowa Law activities, here are a few opportunities:

Class Reunions Volunteers are instrumental in the success of class reunions. Volunteers not only can shape the event in its planning stages, but can rally their classmates to organize an exciting event. Admissions During the fall semester, our Admissions representatives travel throughout the country and talk to prospective law students to encourage their applications to Iowa. Volunteers can help by coordinating with our Admissions office to attend recruiting events and lend an alumni perspective of life at Iowa and where it can take you upon completion of your degree. Even if you can’t attend an event, you can make yourself available for prospective student questions throughout the year. Alumni Outreach Events While Iowa City is a great place, we know our non-local alumni are not able to visit often. So, the College of Law has been traveling the country regularly to keep alumni updated and informed about the College of Law. We are always looking for event hosts as well as volunteers to help promote upcoming events. Partners in Placement If you are interested in talking with current students and recent graduates about career paths and opportunities, then the Partners in Placement program is a perfect fit for you. For detailed information, please see page 54 of this Iowa Advocate. If you want to get involved with one of these projects at the College of Law or with another volunteer opportunity, please contact Mark Wunder, Assistant Dean of External Relations, or 319-335-9232.




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SIX OF THE CLASS OF 2008 The Class of 2008 share several common traits: ambition, a demonstrated record of achievement, a commitment to public service, and a determination to improve the world as they know it. Meet six members of this class and take a glimpse into the potential of the Class of 2008.


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Message from the D E A N To a large extent, this issue is about things expected and some things unexpected. What is it that draws people to law study? Parent or grandparent lawyers, an experience as a victim of a crime, seeing the world from the classroom, in a legislature, from the standpoint of a nonprofit organization, all provide an impetus for legal study. The stories of just a few of our entering students tell of people who want to make the world better (in some respect) by learning the manners and ways of the law. This desire to serve characterizes our student body and is expressed in many ways at the College. The Iowa Student Bar Association and the Equal Justice Foundation have done well in raising funds for stipends for students undertaking public interest internships, while developing a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and parents to enjoy time together. Our students’ many efforts to help those ravaged by last fall’s hurricanes will culminate in a wonderfully large delegation of Iowa law students spending spring break in New Orleans helping with manual and legal labor. This impulse to service is essential to the legal profession. What these students bring to us in Iowa City is entrusted to those of us who are legal educators and to those of you who provide mentoring, summer employment, or partner for a day opportunities. This straightforward urge to serve becomes complicated during law school. Legal studies and all the activities that attend them require devotion of time and energy. In the classroom, fairly direct assumptions are questioned and explored with rigorous analysis. Sometimes the results of that analysis seems counter-intuitive. This tension between principles and rules is the theme of Professor Herb Hovenkamp’s new Harvard University Press book on The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution. Another example of this sort of focused consideration of legal rules and results was the Journal of Corporation Law’s wonderful fall symposium on Professor Robert Clark’s treatise on Corporate Law twenty years after its publication. This has been a year which the airport reader could barely escape the lure of the counter-intuitive. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s Freakonomics, standard fare in book stores, could be read in passages as throwing a wet blanket on the impulse to do good. They write, “morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work — whereas economics represents how it actually does work.” The difficulty of effective service could lead to cynicism. As Jane Wagner wrote in The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe, “I worry no matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” What I hope emerges from study here is the continued fostering of the goal of service (partly through the examples set by our faculty). I hope that desire is enhanced through analytical skills and a deeper appreciation of the chaotic and complicated world in which we live. The unexpected may become explicable. The unexpected may happen. Thus, the sometimes surprising and rewarding twists of career in our alumni profiles section. As Adam Smith wrote in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, “How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.” I hope it is with pleasure that you read this edition of the Iowa Advocate and watch our students, faculty and alumni in action wherever they may be.

Expected and Unexpected What I hope emerges from study here is the continued fostering of the goal of service (partly through the examples set by our faculty). I hope that desire is enhanced through analytical skills and a deeper appreciation of the chaotic and complicated world in which we live.

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By Sara Langenberg


S O M E W E R E A N T I C I P AT I N G A L E G A L C A R E E R E V E N A S C H I L D R E N . O T H E R S D E C I D E D O N L A W O N LY A F T E R A W O R L D V I E W - C H A N G I N G E V E N T, O R A F T E R A S E R I E S O F T H E M — S O M E F O R T U N AT E , S O M E N O T S O . Whatever brought them to The University of Iowa College of Law, the 225 first-year students who arrived in 2005 share several common traits now: ambition, a demonstrated record of achievement, a commitment to public service, and a determination to improve the world as they know it. Take the six first-year students interviewed for this publication this fall, each recommended

by a faculty member for the background, intellect, and interests they bring to the graduating class of 2008.

Suzie Pritchett, is an active feminist working on behalf of impoverished women around

the world. Joshua Williams has his eyes set on a career in higher education. Alison Klare Guernsey, who graduated from the University of Michigan at age 19, climbs mountains in her spare time, and wants a law degree to help her further human rights and social justice. Andrew Finkelman, whose intellectual charisma draws the good-natured envy of classmates, is at Iowa on hiatus from Tufts University, where he’s simultaneously seeking a master of arts in law and diplomacy to complement his JD.

SIX OF THE CLASS OF 2008 Lauralyn Martinez opted against a job as a policy analyst to have a more direct effect on labor relations and international law. And Michelle Booker is a former New York City school teacher who speaks fluent Japanese. She wants to have an impact on international human rights. Altogether, the University of Iowa law Class of 2008 has a median grade-point average of 3.59, and a median LSAT score of 161. They represent 99 undergraduate institutions, and 34 states and foreign countries. Forty-seven percent of the first-year students are women, 16 percent are minorities, and 46 percent are attending the University as non-Iowa residents. We hope you enjoy reading a few of their stories. > > >

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In October, she took a week away from her first-year classes to attend an international women’s human rights conference in Bangkok. While living in London in 2004, a chapter she had written about the role of young feminist voices in the emerging global political economy was published as part of an anthology. She was invited to the Bangkok conference to discuss her work and to facilitate a strategic planning workshop with a group of grassroots international human rights leaders. However, despite Pritchett’s childhood interests and more recent traveling exploits, she hadn’t traveled outside the United States by the time she enrolled at Grinnell College, where she would pursue a degree in religion with a concentration in gender and women’s studies, in 1997.


Suzie Pritchett Suzie Pritchett grew up on a northwest Iowa farm, but has been interested in issues well beyond the state’s borders since childhood. “My family and my school were progressive around national and international issues of justice and social involvement, so perhaps I was more engaged in current and international events than most kids my age,” she recalls. “In 7th grade, I wrote a paper on the legitimacy of foreign aid. I’ve been watching the news almost every night since I was 5.” At 27, Pritchett has turned her adolescent interest into a mission to empower women across the globe. She sees the law as a force for social change that can help her along the way. Already, however, Pritchett is a fairly accomplished force for change herself.

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After having traveled so much, coming back to Iowa hasn’t been difficult because I’m interacting with such a diverse and interesting group of people. It’s also nice to be ‘home’ again, and reuniting with old friends, too.

The travel bug bit her soon enough, though, and by the time she was a junior at Grinnell, she was completely immersed in the culture of Southern India, living with a Hindu family in order to study religion, gender, and language in Tamil Nadu. “I had to give up so many pieces of my material and social identity there—from the way I interacted with people down to the clothing I wore,” Pritchett recalls of the intensive study abroad project. “Stripping away the material—perhaps habitual—fixtures of your daily life really gives you space to reflect on who you are and where you are from. It was especially interesting to be part of an Indian family with a 20-year-old daughter the same age as myself. We both knew the words to

Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, yet our lives were different in so many ways. I was struck by the power of globalization.” The experience reinforced her interest in gender studies, but also sparked an interest in international law. “In the midst of a remarkably stratified caste system and seemingly rigid gender roles, I began thinking about the power of law,” she said. “What role does law play in regulating human behavior and shaping realities? I realized that although I grew up on a farm in Iowa … the way I had lived had impacted others half a world away. The farm subsidies that paid for my college education were skewing world markets in favor of Western producers and denying Southern producers of fair market values and livelihoods. At the root of this inequality were international trade laws. For the first time, I realized what a small world we live in, and what a big role the law plays.” Pritchett didn’t immediately set off to change the world, though. After graduating from Grinnell in 2001, she spent a year working for an asset management company in Palo Alto, Calif., where she was put in charge of lease administration—and came face-to-face with another reason to go to law school. “I was in a conference with an attorney to discuss a lease contract,” she recalls. “The meeting wasn’t going extraordinarily well, and as the attorney got up to leave the room, he shot me a parting comment: ‘There is power in knowing the law.’ The message stuck with me, because it was so appropriate in that situation, and because I knew it was true on an international level, too.” In 2003, Pritchett traveled to England to pursue a master’s degree in gender and international development from the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies. She graduated at the top of her class. Her thesis addressed how women’s grassroots organizations can use international law as a form of legitimacy for making their voices heard in development and governance reform.


The following year, she worked for the director of the London-based Womankind Worldwide, an international nonprofit designed to help grassroots women’s rights movements in developing countries. It was a tough time to be an American in London, however, and Pritchett says she frequently found herself having to “answer” for America and its leaders after the invasion of Iraq. “It really made me consider why I wanted to work internationally when our domestic political situation alone seemed to need so much attention,” she recalls. That experience, combined with the strength of Iowa’s international programs, her interest in international issues, and a desire to reunite with her family in Iowa, moved law school to the top of Pritchett’s travel agenda. She arrived in Iowa City a week before classes started, and quickly began making new friends and reuniting with old ones. “I’ve met so many amazing people,” she says. “After having traveled so much, coming back to Iowa hasn’t been difficult because I’m interacting with such a diverse and interesting group of people. It’s also nice to be ‘home’ again, and reuniting with old friends, too.” Once her law degree is in hand, Pritchett wants to continue to be involved in international development and international gender and law policy dialogues—perhaps as part of a U.S. foreign aid program or an international non-governmental organization. Aside from her other interests, Pritchett likes to cook, enjoys dinner parties, and she’s a classically trained pianist. In college, she considered pursuing graduate study in piano performance, but opted against it. “I knew it wouldn’t fulfill me completely,” she said. “My various experiences at home and abroad … intensified my desire to pursue the law as an avenue for social change.”

Joshua Williams

With two lawyers for parents and a longstanding interest in civil rights, attending law school was always a strong possibility for Joshua Williams. Actually enrolling in law school was another matter. As a mixed-race African American, Williams has been interested in civil rights law and discrimination for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until about a year ago, while working as an admissions counselor at The University of Iowa, that he finally found a niche in which he’d like to use a law degree. His goal is to someday work in higher education or academia, possibly in employment or anti-discrimination law. Before he got to this point, though, he took a few detours. As a student at Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Williams earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Missouri at Columbia. He had participated in the high school newspaper, debate squad, and basketball team, and became the first recipient of the Arthur Davis Scholarship awarded by the Des Moines law firm of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C., where he interned as a college student in the summer of 1999. However, after earning a BA in communication with a minor in political science in 2002, Williams wasn’t sure he was ready for law school. “I wanted to be in the professional world a little bit to make sure I was really ready,” he said. “My parents went to law school, and they are my heroes, so it’s something that was always in the back of my mind.” His parents, human resources consultants with The Williams Group in Des Moines, specialize in working with companies on issues such as racial sensitivity and sexual harassment, and Williams shares their interest in civil rights. His initial post-college career choice turned out to be disappointing, however. His first job was as a teacher at an inner-city public school in Kansas City. During a fire drill, he saw a bag of crack cocaine lying on the floor next to some third-grade students and decided that it wasn’t the job for him. “I felt professionally impotent,” Williams recalls. “I had been seriously considering teaching indefinitely, but after that, I realized that it just wasn’t for me. Some teachers say that if they reach one kid out of 50, that’s enough. That is a

My parents went to law school, and they are my heroes, so it’s something that was always in the back of my mind.

morbid ratio, to me. I want to help children, but I think I’d have to work with just one or a few at a time to be effective.” After a year in Kansas City, Williams became an associate at South East Junior High in Iowa City, tutoring students on academics and conflict resolution. In 2003, he joined the University of Iowa’s Office of Admissions. He visited high schools in the Des Moines and Chicago areas to recruit students and help them through the application process. It was in this role that he finally decided to pursue his goal of earning a law degree. “I really have had a positive experience working with admissions,” he says. “It made me want to stay in an academic setting. Maybe I’d like working in a general counsel’s office or in student services.

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I’m not sure yet, but I know I want to stay in the business of helping people in some capacity.” He says his focus right now is on antidiscrimination and employment law. “I’d like to protect the rights of women and minorities,” he said. “I think a lot of people get the perception—and it’s accurate to some degree—that minorities have an advantage when it comes to getting a foot in the door for a job, but once they are in, it may be more difficult for them to thrive because of the culture in the workplace or the people in charge. I’ve heard enough stories and seen enough that I’d like to try to prevent that from happening.” He says he’ll also bring a variety of perspectives to the table as an attorney, based on his background and interests. “I consider myself to be a ‘mixed-race AfricanAmerican,’ to coin a term, as my mother is white and my father is mostly—definitely ‘legally’—black. So when I’m around black folk and they might say, for example, ‘Is this how or what white people say or think?’ I can say, ‘No, but this is…,’ because half of my family is white and I really do know. I’ve also worked and gone to school in what amounted to allblack, all-white, all-male, all-female environments, as well as in diverse situations. The fact that I’ve managed to thrive in these multiple environs is due partially to my own unique make-up, partially to experience and partially to my disposition.” So far, Williams is enjoying law school for the intellectual stimulation of his classmates and courses, but also because it’s not a real job, he said. “To me, this is much better than being a 9-to5er. Just walking around with shorts on—it feels good,” he joked. “What I really like about it is that it’s collaborative versus competitive,” he added. “From the first day, the upper-level students were very helpful. I ran into some in the bookstore, and they talked to me for about an hour and they didn’t even know me.” “The lack of racial diversity I’m not a big fan of, but this is Iowa, and I think the school is doing a lot to change that. Iowa is a tough spot to be in, geographically, because there’s not a lot of minority kids in Iowa looking to go to law school. It is my hope and belief that it will improve.” Outside the law school, Williams enjoys Tom Wolfe novels, live music, and watching and playing sports (he was being recruited by college

basketball coaches until a severe knee injury forced him out of the sport at age 15). Over the past five years, he’s volunteered as a tutor, youth basketball coach, campaign worker, and food pantry employee. Now, as a law student, he hopes to get more involved with the Black Law Students Association, the Legal Clinic, the Equal Justice Foundation, the American Constitution Society, and the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice. Right now, though, he’s just enjoying his classes and colleagues. “There are some brilliant people in my class with some amazing experiences, and that inspires me to bring my A-game to class,” he says. “It’s not necessarily that I want to compete with them, but I feel that if I came to class unprepared, it would be disrespectful. They are so prepared and dedicated to law school, I feel privileged to be in the same class with them. I think what I bring to the table is my experience. Because of my racial make-up and having lived in three different regions of the country, although my roots are in the Midwest, I can see things from a lot of different vantage points.” “I’m just really enjoying being a student right now.”


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Alison Klare Guernsey Alison Klare Guernsey has always been on some sort of accelerated track. At 16, she was accepted to the University of Michigan. At 17, she traveled 212 miles in the Pacific Ocean on a sea kayak. She graduated from Michigan with highest distinction at age 19, then spent three years living in Chile, partly on a Fulbright grant. Before enrolling at The University of Iowa College of Law in 2005, she was a legislative committee assistant in the New York State Assembly in Albany, and spent her spare time researching and translating material related to the Bring Pinochet to Justice Project for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. She also helped organize a grassroots anti-war effort in Albany and worked

to bridge the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Today, Guernsey’s interests remain focused on human rights and social justice. Law school will cultivate tools to further those goals, she hopes. “I want to help ensure everybody has access to basic human needs—access to education, access to health care,” she says. “I’m 24, and it amazes me to think that I’ve seen so much injustice. If I can perceive that much, I wonder how much I’ve not seen. I don’t think there are enough people out there trying to rectify the damage, trying to hold the system accountable.” Guernsey’s parents are lawyers, so you might think law school was the logical next step for someone with her academic credentials. Dad is president and dean of the Albany Law School at Union University. Mom is a law professor and nurse specializing in special education law. But as an undergraduate, Guernsey had no interest in law. “I studied anthropology and Latin American studies. After I graduated, I applied for a Fulbright grant because I wanted to further the research I had done for my undergraduate honors thesis,” she says. Actually, she moved to Chile to teach English as a second language even before she got the grant.

I’ve been around enough law schools to know that this one is not pretentious. That doesn’t mean it’s not competitive—it is. But here, competition does not preclude friendliness and compassion. Unlike any other school I’ve seen, people here do help each other. It’s a community.

The 2002 Fulbright award allowed her to research how social organizations influence people’s ideas of ethnic and social identity. For example, in the migrant indigenous community where she lived, she studied how religious organizations, such as a church, changed a person’s perception of his or her ethnic identity. “Eventually, I realized that although what I was learning was great, I wondered whether I really wanted to write something that sits in a library and has a lesser tangible impact,” Guernsey said. “Knowledge is a very important thing, but if you are just collecting knowledge, the impact is not as direct. I had to decide on a career that would let me develop a knowledge base and also have a tool with which to use it. That’s why I chose law. Ideally, I want a profession that has an impact and gives me the luxury of academia at the same time.” While working in Albany for two years, Guernsey researched prospective law schools by reading articles written by faculty members at schools of interest to her. UI faculty expertise in human rights and international law appealed to her, so she applied, and she’s not turning back. “I’ve been around enough law schools to know that this one is not pretentious,” she says. “That doesn’t mean it’s not competitive—it is. But here, competition does not preclude friendliness and compassion. Unlike any other school I’ve seen, people here do help each other. It’s a community. “ Perhaps the best testament to Iowa’s collegial atmosphere is to hear Guernsey

talk about canoeing with and cooking for classmates. She and three other first-year law students spent Labor Day weekend canoeing on the Iowa River. “None of us knew each other, but we were all having lunch outside one day and decided to go canoeing over the weekend,” she recalls. Also during the first semester, Guernsey baked cookies to relieve stress, and decided to bundle some up for a classmate. A few days later, the cookierecipient returned her Tupperware full of something he had made for her. Now, the traveling Tupperware is practically a tradition between the two students. At last count, she sent him pumpkin pie. “After living in Latin America, I see cooking as a way of showing compassion and love or comfort. It’s a way to say, ‘Hey, I hope you are doing okay,’” she says. Guernsey also is the child of a compassionate and close-knit family, including her parents and a younger brother. “My parents are the people I most admire. My mother is the most selfless person. There were foster children in my home my entire adolescence. So my mother taught me to be selfless, but I’m also my father’s daughter. He came from nothing to get where he is today because of his drive. I inherited that drive.” For instance, her family has joked that she’s the only “mature” one in the family since she was 12. “My brother would say: ‘Alison is on the accelerated track,’ but he always told me to keep things in perspective. My parents didn’t pressure me. I pressured myself. I have always just wanted to take advantage of my life. There is so much to do and see. I want to take advantage of every single moment.” And in 24 years, Guernsey has traveled great distances to do just that. She has been to Ecuador, Norway, Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay. Last year, she went backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s also hiked in the Utah desert and in the Andes Mountains. She even returned to Chile during winter break.

Outside the classroom, Guernsey continues to be physically and socially active, despite the demands of law school. Every weekend, she runs on area trails. She also is involved with the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights and she volunteers in the Iowa City Legal Aid office. Of all her accomplishments so far, however, Guernsey is proudest of her relationship with her family. “We are not only a family, we are a network of friends,” she says. “I am very fortunate to have them.”

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Behind his back, fellow classmates call first-year law student Andrew Finkelman “The Senator”—in a good-natured yet envious way. “We call him ‘The Senator’ because everything he says he articulates so effectively,” classmate Joshua Williams said deep into the first semester. “It’s not like he’s orating, but when he’s answering questions in class, he sounds like he’s had 10 minutes to prepare but he hasn’t, and it still comes out sounding natural. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s got my vote.” Finkelman, 26, may not be aware of the fans he has in the law school, but he’s certainly got a strong track record of impressing people. Before graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in history in 2002, Finkelman took a yearlong hiatus to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, with tutorials focused on central Asian, early Russian, and Islamic history. He had college internships researching naval history at the U.S. Naval Historical Center in Washington D.C., and helping a family court judge in Wilmington, Deleware, where he grew up. After college, he spent two years as an analyst at the Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C. law firm in Boston, where he assisted attorneys with trial preparation and transactional work, performed legal and factual research, and helped represent a political refugee from the Congo (DRC). In 2004, he was accepted to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he

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These days, so much of business and law seems to have an international component. Part of the reason I went to Fletcher was to further explore foreign relations and its effect on law, and vice versa. participated on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and was recognized as the school’s “outstanding first-year student.” He’s currently a candidate for a master of arts in law and diplomacy (MALD) from Tufts. This year, he’s taken another hiatus, this time from Tufts, to earn his law degree at Iowa. His goal is to bring an interdisciplinary and global approach to the bar with dual degrees in law and policy. Although he has lawyers in the family, Finkelman says he first thought seriously about pursuing a law degree after taking an advanced placement course on U.S. government and politics as a senior in high school. He was especially interested in free speech rights in peacetime vs. wartime. He enrolled at Tufts to pursue an interest in international law, but the reputation of Iowa’s faculty

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in the same area sparked his decision to seek a law degree from Iowa simultaneously, he says. “These days, so much of business and law seems to have an international component. Part of the reason I went to Fletcher was to further explore foreign relations and its effect on law, and vice versa. For example, what gives a country the right to launch a pre-emptive attack? So I’ve spent the past year looking at public international law—seeing where it works and where it fails—although one wonders whether it works at all. It’s hard to know if states act because they feel they are legally obliged to, or because it is politically expedient.” “Still, I find these topics fascinating because they are both legal and policy issues, and because of that, I think working in the government as a legal advisor, perhaps in the State Department, would be a fantastic job,” he says. “But I also could see myself working at a firm. I enjoyed my experience in litigation—I learned a lot about how the system works. At this point, I’m just trying to keep my options open.” Finkelman says his involvement in a pro bono political asylum case at Mintz, Levin was among the most rewarding of his accomplishments. The Congolese client and his family sought political asylum in America after the man was tortured by soldiers on both sides of the country’s conflict. Finkelman, who is fluent in French after having lived in France for two years as a teen-ager, interviewed the man about his story and helped compile his affidavit. He contacted experts on Central Africa to see if they could vouch for the credibility of the client’s story, and consulted with the U.S. embassy in Kinshasha before his firm filed the case. “I enjoyed knowing that my work was having such a direct impact on his life, but I look back with some regret because his case still hasn’t been resolved. He’s still in legal limbo almost two years later,” Finkelman says. “He’s got his temporary work authorization, and the last I saw him, he and his family seemed to be doing okay.” Also while working at Mintz, Levin, Finkelman helped conduct a mock trial program with 6th- and 7th-grade students, and tutored 8th-grade students in a local citizenship academy. When he’s not working or studying, Finkelman plays soccer and golf, he skis, and he enjoys opera. He loves to read history, and he’s traveled widely,

visiting Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Japan, China, Thailand, and Cambodia, among other countries. He also lived in Paris in his early teens, when his father’s job (as an engineer for a chemical company) took the entire family to France. “I’ve never been to sub-Saharan Africa, but my younger brother is in Togo in the Peace Corps, so I expect I’ll be visiting soon enough,” he jokes. Turns out, politics is in Finkelman’s blood. His great-grandfather, Ralph Zastrow (‘18), of Charles City, served in the Iowa Senate from 1943-53 (and was the Floor Majority Leader in 1953). Finkelman also comes by his Hawkeye roots naturally. His maternal grandfather, James F. Smith, and uncle, Ralph Smith, also attended the University of Iowa College of Law (‘50 and ‘76, respectively), and his mother, Pamela Smith Finkelman, earned a master’s degree in music from Iowa in 1974. Despite those Iowa connections, Finkelman hadn’t spent much time in Iowa until he started law school here. After having lived in Paris, England, New York City, and Boston, Finkelman was a little apprehensive about living the Midwest, but it turns out, he likes it. “I really like Iowa City, but I’m so busy I haven’t had enough time to enjoy it,” he says.


Lauralyn Martinez Lauralyn Martinez has long been fascinated with the idea of how law and policy impact people’s lives on a very personal level. So as a college student, the Colorado native focused on a variety of related research projects, ranging from U.S. decision-making during the Cuban Missile Crisis to mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines to cyber-terrorism. But after graduating from Cornell University in May 2005, Martinez didn’t want to end up being a policy analyst (despite having a few job offers as such), so she decided to go to law school. “I don’t like to see people in situations where they can’t help themselves,” she says. “Studying law will provide me with

I don’t like to see people in situations where they can’t help themselves. Studying law will provide me with the abilities to improve individual lives in a practical manner.

the abilities to improve individual lives in a practical manner.” A series of events in the lives of people around her helped lead her in this direction, she adds. For instance, as a child, her father worked as a machinist for a Denver, Colorado, steel company. “Every day, he’d come home with chemicals and mud caked on his shoes and all over his clothes,” she recalls. “But later, he sought employment with a new company, which had a union, and they negotiated some terms for helping the employees who were dealing with chemicals. The workers were given coveralls to protect their clothing, which they could take off before getting in their cars to go home.” “I remember it because it was one of the small changes in my dad’s job that helped to give him his dignity,” Martinez says. “He liked having a say in what went on in the bargaining unit without having to be a supervisor or manager, and seeing my dad able to negotiate for better working conditions—that was real cool to me. That’s what got me interested in labor policy.” Years later, as an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Martinez watched on the sidelines as her older brother struggled to negotiate for medical compensation after being injured at a job in Texas. Despite needing five surgeries in eight years after the accident, the state’s worker’s compensation law at the time provided compensation for medical costs incurred only within two years of the injury. Martinez watched in dismay as her brother’s financial troubles worsened year after year due to the overwhelming medical bills. The debt contributed to a credit problem and an

inability to hire an attorney to help him rectify the situation, she said. “It was a series of these types of situations that prompted me to want to study law,” Martinez says. “Mostly, I wanted to learn about what is going on the system that seems to be putting people like my brother in these situations.” At UC-Boulder, Martinez studied political science with an emphasis on international relations and global politics. She also attended the University of Guadalajara in Mexico for an intensive Spanish language program the summer after her sophomore year. The following fall semester was a tough one, however, for it included a devastating personal experience followed by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. To help combat her grief, Martinez delved even more forcefully into her studies. She wrote an honors thesis on the challenges that cyber technology and information warfare pose for U.S. policy, which turned out to be a difficult undertaking given the limited amount of information available at the time. She argued that cyber terrorism was a plausible phenomenon based on the rapid growth and expansion of information technology combined with terrorists’ ability to learn new techniques. After graduating from UC-Boulder in 2003, Martinez enrolled at Cornell University in New York, where she studied public and nonprofit management and labor and was one of a select group of scholarship recipients chosen to work closely with Cornell professors on their research projects. Martinez’ project involved researching the degree to which the 1996 federal truth-in-sentencing legislation influenced states to enact their own truth-insentencing laws. Of 39 states that subsequently passed similar statutes, 14 of them had been influenced by grant-based incentives in the federal legislation, her research showed. But of more significant interest to Martinez was learning about the impact of the legislation on judicial

discretion. It was a new canvas on which she began to see the impact of law and public policy on people’s lives. “I think that’s what I like about studying law,” she says. “It makes you take your own values and put them in a context unfamiliar to you. I learned what legislative initiatives can do, and about the ripple effect that lobbyists, lawyers, and judges can have. “One of my ultimate goals as a lawyer is to really take a look at the broad implications of what I’m doing, and to realize that there may be negative consequences for people in different situations later on,” she added. “For instance, in my brother’s case, I realize that the priority in worker’s compensation law may be on economic efficiency rather than disabled workers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and when something is grossly inequitable, we can do something about it. If we don’t, harm is going to

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F E AT U R E Six of the Class of 2008

Michelle Booker


continue to happen. So that’s why I’m here, and what I plan on doing with my law degree.” Outside the classroom, the 26-yearold Martinez is involved with the Iowa Student Bar Association and the Organization for Women Law Students and Staff. Her boyfriend, Sean, is a Taiwanese PhD student in finance at Cornell University’s business school, and her hobbies include weight-lifting, mountainbiking, and watching college and professional football (she’s partial to the Broncos, of course). She also likes to read novels by Stephen King, and books about the minds of serial killers and about the criminal mind in general.

This class is an amazing group, . . . We have some people who just graduated from college and others who have worked for senators or in human rights. I really feel fortunate to be a part of that.

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First-year law student Michelle Booker has a favorite Japanese phrase—yume wo akiramemasen. In English, it means never give up on your dreams, and Booker says it reflects her determination to attend law school. Born in Queens, New York, Booker graduated from St. John’s University with degree in public administration. Her experience ranges from teaching for the New York City Board of Education to working in Japan’s public school system to volunteering for non-profit organizations. Becoming a lawyer has been an interest since childhood, she says, but a cousin’s murder prompted Booker to learn more about international victim rights and further solidified her determination to enroll in law school. While she was living in Tokyo in 2001, a cousin also living in Tokyo was beaten to death while walking home from a nightclub. Booker struggled to cope with her grief while trying to navigate the Japanese criminal justice system with her cousin’s widow. They attended the murder trial, but no interpreters were provided to help them understand what was happening. They obtained a copy of the 340-page trial transcript, but the courts would not provide an English-language translation or the financial aid to obtain one. After asking the National Police Agency for help, Booker learned that foreigners accused of crimes in Japan were provided interpreters, but crime victims and their families were not. Determined to bring the disparity into the public eye, Booker wrote a paper on “The Intimidation of Foreign Victims in Japan,” which she presented at the 2003 International Symposium on Victimology in South Africa. The paper also was submitted to a committee studying legal reform in the Japanese Diet. “After that incident, I decided that I had to pursue a law degree no matter where I was in my life,” Booker recalls. “I believe that we all have a purpose in being here and a unique way to contribute, and I believe I’ve had those experiences for a reason. I want to use my experiences to aid society and improve general welfare.” Also while living in Japan, Booker volunteered for Japan’s Civil Liberties Union, and performed some translation assistance for the organization.

She intends to focus on the legal dynamics of international corporate transactions after receiving her law degree. She also is interested in making contributions in the area of international human rights. “When I gave that speech at the symposium on victimology, I kept meeting people from a business or corporate law background who were working in human rights organizations,” she said. “And as a member of a public service sorority (Delta Sigma Theta), I’ve always been interested in how policies affect our lives, but I also realized that there are many ways to address a problem. However, Booker decided that obtaining a legal education is the best way for her to make an impact. She believes that a corporate legal experience may better equip her to bridge the gap between businesses and nongovernmental organizations. Booker credits her mother for cultivating an ambition to succeed in the face of adversity. “I come from humble beginnings, and I don’t know how my mom did it, but I had everything from dance lessons to Girl Scouts, and I learned to play the violin,” Booker says. “Mother instilled in us (her children) that we should not define ourselves by our immediate circumstances, be they good or bad, because a person can adapt to adversity and create opportunities to overcome adversity through education. College was an expectation. She wasn’t a drill sergeant, but there were expectations to strive to do the best we could. She didn’t teach us to impose limitations on ourselves.” When she’s not studying, Booker says she enjoys reading biographies, traveling, singing Jazz, playing the piano, and performing on Taiko drums—a musical interest she studied and performed publicly during Omatsuri seasonal festivals in Japan. Her interest in travel stems in part form her participation in a program that allowed her to study in Budapest, Hungary, Italy, Germany, and Austria during college, she says. She also enjoys meeting new people and learning about different cultures. “This class is an amazing group,” she says of her fellow first-year law students at Iowa. “We have some people who just graduated from college and others who have worked for senators or in human rights. I really feel fortunate to be a part of that.”

Sold! Though only two years old, the Law School Auction has already become one of the top events on the law school calendar. Sponsored by the Equal Justice Foundation and the Iowa Student Bar Association, the money raised by the auction is used to fund stipends that help students performing public interest law internships cover their living expenses.

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F E AT U R E Saray Bermeo (’07) and Abigail Moland (’07) masquerade as Professors Carrasco and Wing at the auction.


The Law School Auction

JEFF SCUDDER (’06) is not a particularly big fan of Bob Dylan or his music. He knows Dylan is a great writer and revolutionary musician, but beyond that he doesn’t know much more about him than what he’s heard on “Like a Rolling Stone” or “Rainy Day Women” or the handful of other classic Dylan songs flogged to death on oldies radio. So when the third-year law student had the opportunity to spend an evening listening to Dylan’s songs with Dylan-phile and law professor Pat Bauer, he decided to learn more about what made this excellent poet with the lousy singing voice so great. The evening was offered by Bauer at the Law School Auction, so Scudder and classmates Jason Fernandez (’06), Patrick Vint (’06) and Matt Hektoen (’06) put in a bid. Their bid successful, they spent an evening listening to Bauer’s impressive collection of Dylanalia while discussing how it is that one gets tangled up in blue.

Left: Professor Allen served as auctioneer with Professor Janis during the event.

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“We had a wonderful time,” Bauer said. “I hoped I was able to pass on a little of my own passion and provide what Dylan fans call ‘touched by the hand of Bob,’ a moment when your eyes are opened to his genius.” Though only two years old, the auction has already become one of the top events on the law school calendar. Sponsored by the Equal Justice Foundation and the Iowa Student Bar Association, the money raised by the auction is used to fund stipends that help students performing public interest law internships cover their living expenses. “Most public interest law organizations pay little or nothing to their interns, so many students can’t afford to take them because they can’t afford to work for nothing,” said Daniel Feltes (’06), co-president of the EJF. He said the group awards as many as 15 stipends a year to students to work for public defenders and prosecutors offices, legal aid societies and government agencies in Iowa and across the country. In the past, students have interned at such organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the

The first auction in 2004 raised more than $7,000 to help cover those expenses, she said. The 2005 auction increased that sum to more than $10,000. United Nations, American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the AIDS Legal Council, People for the American Way and Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press. “The stipends don’t cover all their expenses, but we hope it’s enough to cover rent and a few other costs,” said Maggie Manternach (’06), ISBA president. The first auction in 2004 raised more than $7,000 to help cover those expenses, she said. The 2005 auction increased that sum to more than $10,000 by selling 52 items in both a live and a silent auction in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Second Floor Ballroom. Hosts and auctioneers were esteemed professors and less-esteemed comedians John Allen and Mark Janis, with musical entertainment provided by other law students. In general, food was the most popular offering on the block, with numerous faculty members offering meals at Iowa City restaurants or in their homes. Professors Arthur Bonfield, Adrien Wing, Tung Yin and Ethan Stone were among the many who fed successful bidders. Professor Gerald Wetlaufer offered to fill

Past recipients of EJF Summer Public Interest Internship Awards Program: Summer 2005 Joel Boon (’06) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, Illinois Amanda Dohrman (’06) – Senior Law Project in Legal Aid Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota Daniel Feltes (’06) – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chicago, Illinois Sehee Foss (’07) – National Consumers League, Washington, DC Brendan Hug (’06) – California Department of Justice, Los Angeles, California Edward Jones (’07) – New York Lawyers for Public Interest, New York, New York Nathan Knoernschild (’07) – Iowa Legal Aid, Iowa City Matt Kuykendall (’06) – Attorney General’s Office – State of California, San Francisco, California Todd Schmidt (’06) – Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Britta Schnoor (’07) – United Nations Development Program, Washington, DC Matt Swessinger (’07) – Iowa Public Defender, Cedar Rapids Heather Taylor (’07) - Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, New York Roselyn Tyson (’07) – U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC Anne Weakly (’06) – Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois Jacob Wedemeyer (’07) - Texas Rural Legal Aid, Eagle Pass, Texas

Summer 2004 Sapna Aiyer (’06) – Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Austin, Texas Kathryn Auerbach (’05) – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chicago, Illinois Milan Bhatt (’05) – United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary General, New York, New York Mike Biderman (’05) – Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, Texas Jon Ehtessabian (’05) – San Diego City Attorney’s Office, San Diego, California Daniel Feltes (’06) – Michigan Legal Services, Detroit, Michigan Jen Hitchon (’05) – Massachusetts Defense Committee, Boston, Massachusetts Matt Kuykendall (’06) – East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley, California

Laura McDonald (’05) – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC Tiffany Piecewicz (’05) – People for the American Way, Washington, DC Brian Raimondo (’06) – Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, New York Todd Schmidt (’06) – Iowa Public Defender, Cedar Rapids Mary Sevandal (’05) – AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Leana Stormont (’05) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Virginia Ben Weber (’05) – Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Southern Migrant Legal Services, Nashville, Tennessee Cori Zarek (’05) – Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, DC

Summer 2003 Kathryn Auerbach (’05) – Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, Illinois Cole Chase (’05) – Muscatine County Attorney, Muscatine Zeb-Michael Curtin (’05) – ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri Jon Ehtessabian (’05) – Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona Stephanie Fisher (’04) – Honolulu Public Defender’s Office, Honolulu, Hawaii Kirsten Gast (’05) – HELP Legal Aid, Davenport Kara Hartzler (’04) – United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Washington, DC Jim Jacobson (’05) – University of Iowa General Counsel, Iowa City and Humane Society of the US – Midwest Office, Des Moines John Ohle (’04) – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Washington, DC Daniel Poteet (’04) – Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center, Alexandria, Virginia Annette Stewart (’04) – Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota Michelle Roddy (’04) – ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia Lynn Rose (’04) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC Jason Schumann (’04) – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC Ben Weber (’05) – New York State Attorney General’s Office, New York, NY

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Sold! The EJF’s Law School Auction

Associate Dean Linda McGuire and Professor Peggie Smith enjoy their time at the auction. Below: Professor Tomkovicz and Andrew Wright (’06) pose for a photo at the auction.

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Sonya Renee Dotson (’07) wastes no time bidding on an item she favors during the event while Maggie Manternach (’06) encourages her.

their veins with cholesterol at the Hamburg Inn. Professor and Dean Emeritus Bill Hines made a walleye and wild rice dinner with fish caught during his summer sojourn at Cass Lake. Professors Jill Gaulding and Alexander Somek provided dessert, Gaulding with pies baked using recipes from her Grandma Nelly (she also threw in a lesson on pie-baking the Nelly way) and Somek with a fresh-baked topfenstrudel, a dessert from his native Austria. Professors Katie Porter and Marcella David offered stitching and knitting lessons. Professor and President Emeritus Sandy Boyd offered a private tour of the newly-renovated Old Capitol. There were golf outings, tennis matches, more food, musical get-togethers, doggie daycare, and still more food. There was art: a painting by Professor Peggie Smith, a Rajasthani shawl brought from India by Professor Lea VanderVelde, dance lessons from Christine Eichinger (’08). And there was the practical: One month of grocery shopping from student Jessica Blome (’07), two hours of snow shoveling from students Stevi Steines (’08) and Nellie Viner (’08), and a night of babysitting from students Sehee Foss (’07) and Kara Christensen (’08). Then there were the….shall we say, less conventional offerings. Professors Todd Pettys and Sheldon Kurtz making over a

Katie Auerbach (’05) places a bid; she was a past- president of Equal Justice Foundation and a recipient of the Summer Public Interest Award in 2003 and 2004.

student in the Queer Eye spirit. Professor John Reitz teaching how to tie his trademark bow tie. Professor Jim Tomkovicz blubbering over the movie “Field of Dreams.” An evening of poker with Professors Pettys and Hillary Sale. “We get some pretty creative contributions,” said Feltes. But participants said the most enjoyable part about the auction is socializing with professors and spending time with people they respect in a different context. “There aren’t many activities in the law school that generate so much faculty-student interaction,” said Manternach. “It’s important to get together outside of class and see each other in settings like this.” Scudder agrees. “I’m a casual fan of Bob Dylan, but a big fan of Professor Bauer,” he said. “He puts a lot of work into his classes and he really cares about his students. He’s one of those professors that alumni tell me I will remember long after I graduate because he made such a difference in their lives.” Feltes said a third auction will be held next fall and the EJF and ISBA will be inviting alumni back to Iowa City for the event, and to make contributions to be auctioned. For more information or to contribute, contact auction coordinator Sehee Foss at

About the Items: Food Faculty and students provided close to 20 different meals for the auction. Either at one’s home or a restaurant of one’s choosing for four to sixteen invitees. Some of the choices included: selected family favorites, Minnesota favorites, paella, dinner at Joseph’s, vegetarian, Hamburg Inn, and even a Graduation/End-of-School Year BBQ. Other food items available included: salsa, flan, pie, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and Topfenstrudel. Anne Weakly (’06), Brendan Hug (’06) and Brian Raimondo (’06) pause for a photo at the auction.

Donors: Professors Patricia Acton John Allen David Baldus Patrick Bauer Randy Bezanson Arthur Bonfield Willard ”Sandy” Boyd Margaret Brinig Steven Burton Pat Cain Jonathan Carlson Enrique Carrasco Lois Cox Marcella David Ann Estin Jill Gaulding Dean Emeritus Bill Hines Mark Janis Dean Carolyn Jones Sheldon Kurtz Steve Legomsky Chris Liebig Jean Love Linda McGuire Todd Pettys Katie Porter John Reitz Hillary Sale Mark Schantz Wendie Schneider Alexander Somek Peggie Smith Ethan Stone James Tomkovicz

Lea VanderVelde Gerald Wetlaufer Adrien Wing Tung Yin

Staff Rene Arps Jill De Young Greg Graham Karen Klouda Nancy Jones Amy Liu Susan Palmer Marty Peters Craig Spitzer

Students Jessica Blome (’07) Kara Christensen (’08) George Coulson (’08) Sonya Dotson (’07) Christine Eichinger (’08) Sehee Foss (’07) Kelly Hanker (’07) Iowa Law Review Editors Eric Parker & 2L friends (’07) Christine Ralston (’07) Stefanie Steines (’08) TLCP Editors Jessica Tucker (’07) Nellie Viner (’08)

Other Opportunities and Items • Northside Iowa City walking tour with stops at the Northside Book Market, Real Records, George’s Buffet, and Hamburg Inn. • Bob Dylan listening/watching opportunity complete with a copy of Nigel Williamson’s Rough Guide to Bob Dylan. • Old Capitol Museum Tour • Knitting instruction • Bow-tie tying lesson • Poker nights • Makeover (space or person) • Pie-making session • Tennis match • Guitar lessons • Dance lessons • Golfing • One month of grocery shopping • Babysitting • Two hours of raking leaves/shoveling snow • Doggy daycare • Ride to the airport • Gift baskets • Personalized stationary • Grammar and Usage guides • Gift certificates to a local salon • Rajasthani shawl • Football signed by Coach Ferentz • Basketball signed by Coach Alford • Autographed copy of How Free Can the Press Be? • Framed original painting

Other: UI Athletic Department

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Jonathan Stagg, Taylor Dix, William Street, and Carl Lasley gather for a photo before their Orientation week activities.

Abby Lemek and Anna Larson pause for a photo during Orientation week.

The Class of 2008 assembles in Levitt Auditorium during Orientation week.

The ISBA student panel prepares to talk to new students during Orientation week.

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Tuition increases minor compared to peer schools

Student Advocates Ben Segreto (’06), Anne Weakly (’06), Michael Schirger (’06) and Steven Moeller (’06) pose with Iowa Supreme Court Justices Michael Streit, Marsha Ternus, Jerry Larson, Louis Lavorato, James Carter, Mark Cady and David Wiggins.

Supreme Court Day


On Saturday, September 17, 2005, the University of Iowa College of Law recognized its historic relationship with the Iowa State Supreme Court during Iowa Supreme Court Day. This year all seven justices of the court attended the event. Chief Justice Louis A. Lavarato and Justices Jerry Larson, James Carter, Mark Cady, Marsha Ternus, David Wiggins and Michael Streit presided over oral arguments involving the right to arbitration for an employment discrimination claim. The arguments were presented by Ben Segreto (’06), Michael Schirger (’06), Steven Moeller (’06), and Anne Weakly (’06). Jason Fernandez (’06) served as bailiff during the arguments. Arguments were presented in the Levitt Courtroom of the Boyd Law Building. Supreme Court Day is held yearly to honor the state’s top court, and it recognizes the college’s origins, which

began in 1865 when then Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers. Faculty, students and justices met for dinners in faculty homes the night before the event. Following the moot court argument, participants attended a cookout, sponsored by Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PC of Cedar Rapids, in the courtyard of the Boyd Law Building. General funding for this event is provided by the University of Iowa Student Government, the Iowa Law School Foundation, the Richard W. Baskerville Fund, and the Justice Henry K. Peterson Supreme Court Day Fund, which was created to honor the memory of the late Iowa Supreme Court Justice Peterson. — Tom Snee

Increases in the cost of tuition for law schools have become a national phenomenon for both public and private law schools. Given the pressures to stay competitive while facing budget cuts from the state, the College of Law has also fallen to the trend. However, with an anticipated increase of $1,300 for the 2006-07 tuition, the College of Law remains an excellent value for law students. The additional monies will be used to fund the revamped legal writing program in 2006, add support to increase career services, extend library hours, and assist video operations as well as providing a routine increase that is designed to keep up with inflation. Some public law schools even find themselves functioning as de facto private schools given their dependence on tuition over state funds. Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley has expressed plans to privatize due to the reduction in state funding. At Iowa, we are thankful that we are not faced with such challenges. Our annual tuition is still modest at $13,374 for residents and $28,818 for nonresidents for 2006-07. These figures are $3,000 to $19,000 less than similarly-ranked public schools.

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UI Law Symposium Examines Future of Corporate Management Laws Journal of Corporation Law Corporate governance issues have been the subject of public scrutiny during the past four years, as scandals like Enron, WorldCom, and Qwest have exposed faults in the way some American corporations are managed. On September 9 and 10, 2005, the Journal of Corporation Law sponsored the “Robert Clark’s Corporate Law: Twenty Years of Change” symposium. This event at the University of Iowa College of Law brought some of the top corporate law experts in the country together to consider how companies should be managed. The Journal of Corporation Law will publish the conference papers in an upcoming volume. “Robert Clark’s book has long been one of the most popular treatises on corporate law,” said Professor Hillary Sale, coordinator of the symposium. “But in the 20 years since it was written, corporate law and theory have grown in several directions.” Robert Clark is a corporate law specialist and former dean of Harvard Law School. The symposium focused on his landmark treatise, Corporate Law, which was first published in 1986. Among the topics to be discussed were: • What should be the fiduciary duties of corporate officers and directors? • What should be the allocation of responsibilities and fiduciary duties between shareholders and management? • What is the relationship of securities and litigation with corporate governance? “This conference provided a broad-ranging debate on where corporate law should be headed and how it should get there,” said Sale. “Our goal was to urge people to update their thinking on what the roles of the various corporate actors should be, what directions they should take, and how corporate law thinking and theory can and should change.” The line-up of corporate law experts included most of the top scholars in the field, many of whom frequently appear in media as analysts or before governmental bodies delivering testimony. Among those who participated were: Justices Randy Holland and Jack Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court; Bill Allen, formerly of the Delaware Chancery Court, now a professor of law at

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Professor Reinier Kraakman, Harvard University; Professor Robert Clark, Harvard University; and Professor Ronald Gilson, Stanford University and Columbia University presented the concluding remarks and discussion at the Corporate Law Symposium.

New York University; Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt University; Lucian Bebchuk, Harvard University; Lisa Fairfax, University of Maryland; Jill Fisch, Fordham University; Henry Hansmann, Yale University; Mike Klausner, Stanford University; Don Langevoort, Georgetown University; Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego; Bob Thompson, Vanderbilt University; Ronald Gilson, Stanford University; Reinier Kraakman, Harvard University. Funding for the symposium is provided in part by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, a former chairman and CEO of General Motors Corp, the Sloan Foundation provides funding for programs relating to science and technology, standard of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology and other national issues.

Journal of Gender, Race, & Justice Symposium Examines U.S. Immigration Policy The University of Iowa College of Law’s Journal of Gender, Race & Justice examined the effectiveness of U.S. border and immigration policies in its 10th annual symposium on October 7 and 8, 2005 at the Boyd Law Building. “Crossing the Line? Examining Current U.S. Immigration & Border Policy” also explored the ways in which immigration policy marginalizes some ethnic groups and provided an in-depth look at alternative immigration and border policy alternatives. Among the speakers were numerous immigration law experts from law schools across the country, as well as experts from other fields. Speakers included Cheryl Mason (’97) and Anna Stepanova (’04), immigration law attorneys from the Iowa City firm of Mason & Stepanova; documentary filmmakers Ari Luis Palos and Eren Isabel McGinnis; and author Roberto Martínez. — Tom Snee

Professor Tomkovicz teaches the mock class as part of the Parents and Partners Day events.


Parents and Partners Day

he 28th Annual Parents & Partners Day program was held Saturday, November 5, 2005 at the College of Law. Over the years, this event, which is organized through the joint efforts of the ISBA and the Dean’s Office, has become a high point in the law school’s fall activities. Parents & Partners Day is planned as a relaxed day of orientation, education and entertainment for parents, spouses, partners, children, other relatives and special friends of current law students. The program The program introduced students’ guests to the introduced students’ philosophy of law training at Iowa, exposed them to the classroom pedagogy guests to the of legal education, acquainted them with philosophy of law the collegiate routine and showed off the Boyd Law Building. The day began with training at Iowa, breakfast and tours of the law building exposed them to the and was followed by openings remarks by Dean Jones, a mock class by Professor classroom pedagogy Tomkovicz, a student panel on “Coping of legal education, with the Law Student in your Life,” and lunch in the law courtyard. The day acquainted them with concluded with the 2nd Annual Law the collegiate routine School Auction, which was held at the Iowa Memorial Union and is featured and showed off the in this Iowa Advocate.


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College of Law Hosts Pre-game Cookouts This past fall, the College of Law continued its tradition of hosting cookouts for alumni and friends prior to home football games. Five law firms provided generous financial support to enable the College of Law to host crowds ranging from 400 to more than 500 at the law school. Firms providing gift support for these events were: Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, Cedar Rapids – Sept. 17; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa/Supreme Court Day; Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, Des Moines – Oct. 1; Iowa vs. Illinois/Homecoming; Lane & Waterman, Davenport – Oct. 15; Iowa vs. Indiana; Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien, Des Moines – Oct. 22; Iowa vs. Michigan; Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis, with offices in Des Moines – Nov. 19; Iowa vs. Minnesota. Alumni and friends of the College of Law who attended the cookouts enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Boyd Law Building and mingle with alumni and friends of the college, as well as with faculty and staff. Continuing Legal Education programs were also held prior to each cookout for those interested in receiving CLE credit. The college is grateful to participating law firms for this special form of external support.

Davis Brown Koehn Shors & Roberts hosted the cookout before the Illinois Homecoming game.

Five law firms provided generous financial support

Lane & Waterman hosted the cookout before the Indiana game.

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The Nyemaster Law Firm hosted the cookout before the Michigan game.

Hawkeye cheerleaders stopped by the Indiana game cookout.

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll hosted the Supreme Court Day cookout before the UNI game.

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Faegre & Benson, LLP hosted the cookout before the Minnesota game

College of Law Bundles Federal Clerkship Applications/New Judicial Clerkship Coordinator The College of Law sponsored a bundling program for students applying to federal clerkships for the first time this past fall. Over thirty students participated in the program and close to 1,000 applications were sent to over 400 judges through the program. The college sent the student applications together to the individual chambers charging a nominal fee to the students. Amy Liu, the new Judicial Clerkship Coordinator, has already started work preparing and refining the process for 2006.

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Career Services introduces an Early Interview Week for Fall 2006 In addition to taking advantage of the beautiful Pomerantz Center, the early interview schedule will compress most of the on-campus interviewing before school begins. The University of Iowa’s new Pomerantz Center will provide impressive new job interview space to help students secure jobs and summer internships in 2006 while interfering less with their academic work. Starting later this year, 125 law firms and other employers will begin interviewing law students in the Pomerantz Center Aug. 14-19. Karen Klouda, the law school’s director of career services, said the move will provide not only a more modern interview space for prospective employers, but will also allow for interviews at a time of year that will make UI law students more competitive on the job market. Klouda said most other top-ranked law schools arrange to have their students interviewed in late summer, before fall semester begins. This puts Iowa law students at a disadvantage because their interviews typically can’t be scheduled until mid-September, after many employers have already extended job or internship offers. “In addition to taking advantage of the beautiful Pomerantz Center, the early interview schedule will

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compress most of the on campus interviewing before school begins,” Klouda said. “While this will require more intensive effort and coordination by staff, employers and students, it is thought to interfere less with students’ studies and other activities during the fall term.” The Pomerantz Center will also provide more comfortable and useful space for the interviews, Klouda said. Until recently, interviews were conducted in the Cannon-Gay House on Melrose Avenue, across the street from the Boyd Law Building. But Klouda said that while the 19th century house was a comfortable place for interviews, the Pomerantz Center creates a more conducive atmosphere. The new building provides lockers, changing rooms and comfortable waiting areas for students and employers, as well as online access that provides information about employers and other career resources. The Pomerantz Center also provides space for pre-interview career development workshops, which will be held Aug. 9, 10 and 11, 2006.

Mark Weinhardt of Belin Lamson McCormack Zumbach Flynn in Des Moines presents on Cross Examination as part of the Litigation Skills CLE on Saturday, October 22nd.

College of Law Provides Professional Development Opportunities for Legal Profession The fall semester was active with 12 continuing legal education programs sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law. From September through November, the college sponsored or co-sponsored a total of 45 hours of CLE programming. These seminars provided professional development opportunities for hundreds of attorneys and judges from Iowa and other states. The following programs were held: • Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning • Professional Responsibility Overview: Updates and Strategies for Ethical Practice • Law and Accounting • Litigation Skills: Sensitive Topics in Jury Selection • Legal Issues in Real Estate and Property Law • Litigation Skills: Depositions – Difficult Lawyers, Difficult Deponents, Difficult Topics • Issues of the Jury System • Business Law • Litigation Skills: Cross-Examination • Bankruptcy and Commercial Law • Litigation Skills: Character Evidence and Lying Witnesses • Advanced Medical Directives The College of Law’s final CLE program for the academic year will be the Spring Tax Institute, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2006. For further details, you may visit the College of Law’s CLE web site at or call the College of Law at (319) 335-9089.

Janel Vaughan (’07) and Marisol Vazquez (’07) helped raise funds and collect goods to provide support of hurricane relief.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts


The University of Iowa and the College of Law community responded to the needs of people affected by Hurricane Katrina throughout the fall semester. The college took in two students as part of the relief efforts. The first year class established a fund to provide support for Vinny Nelson, a first year law student, whose family was devastated and displaced by the destruction of Katrina. Here are a few of the ways that College of Law students and groups helped in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. • The Iowa Student Bar Association raised hundreds of dollars for the American Red Cross through bake sales, penny challenges, and other fundraisers. • The Black Law Students Association for the College of Law worked with the National Black Law Students Association to collect three boxes of school supplies for children of all ages and raised over $700 dollars. The supplies were shipped to Feed the Children to be distributed in the southern region. A small percentage of the monetary donations was given to the Vinny Nelson Fund and the remainder was donated to the American Red Cross. • The Black Law Student Association, the Asian-American Law Student Society, the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights, the American Constitutional Society, the International Law Society, the Christian Legal Society, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and the Equal Justice Foundation sponsored a faculty panel and discussion

regarding the legal implications following Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, September 22nd. The faculty panelists were: Professors Carrasco, Porter, VanderVelde, Wing and Yin. The professors presented on issues that included race, business and trade, federalism, property and bankruptcy. • The L1 class established the Vinny Nelson Fund to support Vinny Nelson (’08) whose family was effected by the hurricane. • Kate Burno (’07) and Professor Gittler coordinated and helped secure donations from the University and law school community for Brian Powers (’06) and three local residents to visit animal shelters in New Orleans and Tylertown, Mississippi. The group brought two vans of supplies donated by Iowa City donors and businesses. While there they transported several rescued cats, dogs and cockatiels to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center for adoption. Powers is a member of the College of Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. • The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (LHPDC) aided the Department of Labor in a Hurricane Katrina Relief Initiative. The Department of Labor (DOL) deployed Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) to assist individuals with disabilities that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. DPNs, who are trained individuals experienced in working with persons with disabilities, helped to make employment connections through the One-Stop system and connect

to needed benefits and services through government or community organizations. LHPDC assisted the DOL in this effort by facilitating daily conference calls for the national DPN effort. Additionally, the LHPDC provided funds through the contract with DOL to rent RVs that deployed DPNs could use in the field to provide services and temporary lodging. The LHPDC continues to be involved in the hosting of conference calls related to these relief efforts and is presently working with the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to develop an independent evaluation of this initiative. The goal of this evaluation is to plan future disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness to improve supports and services targeted to people with disabilities.


PROJECT KATRINA This spring break, the Equal Justice Foundation and the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights are leading approximately 40 University of Iowa College of Law students to New Orleans to aid in volunteer efforts. The students will contribute basic legal services, help victims with paperwork and contribute to manual labor. The trip is being sponsored by several corporations, the University of Iowa Provost’s Office and the Dean and Professors of the College of Law. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE STUDENTS’ PROJECT, please contact Sehee Foss ( for details. Checks to the Equal Justice Foundation can also be directed to her at the College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Iowa City, IA 52242.

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College of Law N E W S Professor Enrique Carrasco, who was elected faculty speaker by the graduates, spoke on the topic “Free Lawyers.”

December graduates Brian Powers and Alison Helland.

Sam Quattrochi and Nate Johnson pose for a photo.

December 2005 graduate, Aaron Buscemi, poses for a photo with his brother-in-law, Scott Nowka, and niece Gianna Rose.

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Sam Quattrochi (’05) and his wife Sarah, Erika Allen (’05) and her husband Bob Allen with their daughter Riley, Erik Harvey (’05) and his mother Karin, and Sophia Liao (’05). Sophia Liao and Sam Quattrochi took part in the December Commencement ceremony.

December 2005 graduates assemble for the processional.

COMMENCEMENT The College of Law held its annual Winter Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 17, in Levitt Auditorium at the Boyd Law Building. Prior to the ceremony, the graduates, their family and friends, and members of the law faculty enjoyed a continental breakfast reception. Presiding over the ceremony was Dean Carolyn Jones, who welcomed the more than 200 family and friends of the graduates and made brief remarks. Dean Jones then introduced the faculty speaker, Professor Enrique Carrasco, who was elected by the graduates and spoke on the topic “Free Lawyers.” Following Professor Carrasco’s remarks, Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran (’84) presented an address entitled, “Lawyers’ Oath of Public Service.” The final speech – entitled “Every Day Above Ground” – was presented by graduating student James Hamilton McDonald, who was chosen by his classmates to deliver the student address. Dean Jones then recommended the 2005 winter law class to Patricia Cain, University of Iowa Vice Provost and Professor of Law, who awarded the law degrees to 19 graduates. After the degrees were officially conferred, each graduate came forward to be introduced and hooded by Professors Patrick Bauer and John-Mark Stensvaag, and then to be congratulated by the platform party. DECEMBER 17, 2005

December graduates Amy Sung, Anne Pillard, Claire Diallo, and Lisa Mazurek.

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Professors Bauer and VanderVelde celebrate 25 years of teaching in law The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution

Professor Vander Velde poses with the painter of her portrait, Skye McNeill. McNeill was commissioned to paint the portrait of Vander Velde, the first portrait of a woman law professor to be installed at the University of Iowa College of Law. McNeill lives in Seattle but was raised in Iowa City and spent many hours in both the old law school and the Boyd Law Building while her mother (Mary Quigley ’87) was a law student.

Professor Pat Bauer poses with his portrait.

Let it snow. . .

Photo of the back of the Boyd Law Building. Photo by Hannah van Zutphen-Kann/Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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PROFESSOR HOVENKAMP’s new book, The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution was published by Harvard University Press on January 15, 2006. After thirty years, the debate over antitrust’s ideology has quieted. Most now agree that the protection of consumer welfare should be the only goal of antitrust laws. Execution, however, is another matter. The rules of antitrust remain unfocused, insufficiently precise, and excessively complex. The problem of poorly designed rules is severe, because in the short run rules weigh much more heavily than principles. At bottom, antitrust is a defensible enterprise only if it can make the microeconomy work better, after accounting for the considerable costs of operating the system. The Antitrust Enterprise is the first authoritative and compact exposition on antitrust law since Robert Bork’s classic The Antitrust Paradox was published more than thirty years ago. It confronts not only the problems of poorly designed, overly complex, and inconsistent antitrust rules but also the current disarray of antitrust’s rule of reason, offering a coherent and workable set of solutions. The result is an antitrust policy that is faithful to the consumer welfare principle but that is also more readily manageable by the federal courts and other antitrust tribunals.


Professor Leonard Sandler receives honors


and his work have been honored by several awards recently. This fall Sandler was one of the recipients of the first President’s Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement. Suggested by President Emeritus Sandy Boyd, this annual award honors faculty, staff, and students (individuals or groups) who demonstrate exemplary outreach and service to the public. Because of the very high quality of the applications and nominations, two winners are being recognized in each category in this first round of awards. Professor Sandler has supervised the Housing Project, initiated in 2002, through the Clinical Law Programs. The Project has assisted persons with disabilities and their families to obtain and pay for much-needed modifications and retrofits to their homes through workshops held throughout the state. This program has provided valuable legal training for law students, as well as


invaluable guidance to residents of many communities. The Project concluded this past spring by presenting to the Iowa Department of Economic Development a detailed set of comments and recommendations concerning difficulties that Iowans encounter in attempting to meet the mainstream housing needs of persons with disabilities. The impact of this program on both students and persons with disabilities has been profound. Sandler also received the Commissioner’s Award by the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities. The award recognizes his work on workplace accommodations (particularly assistive technology); his workshops and presentations; his job site accessibility audits; and his work with Iowa disability advocates and organizations, state and local agencies and officials. Finally, one of his clinical law disability projects was honored with a 2005 Distinguished Agency Award for improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the Greater Cedar Rapids area. The award, bestowed by Citizens for People with Disabilities, acknowledges the activities and contributions of the Student Legal Interns who represent and work collaboratively with Peer Action Disability Support (P.A.D.S), a grassroots advocacy and education organization. The project’s

primary focus has been to enhance paratransit and transportation services and policies in the Cedar Rapids metro area and to educate management and riders about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other laws. Sandler had the honor of supervising the project, which also involves presenting workshops on legislation policy and hot topics, teaming up to conduct accessibility audits of local businesses and helping people resolve individual and systemic problems. The following law students and alumni participated in this project, including: Natalie Ditmars (’05) Jennifer Donovan (’06) Lydia Godfrey (’06) Nishi Gupta (’06) Chris Loftus (’06) Krishna Mastel (’06) Jasleen Modi (’05) Eugenio (Gene) Mollo (’06) Monica Nigh (’05) Sean O’Callaghan (’05) Sonny Olsen (’06) Brian Powers (’06) and Jessica Taylor (’05).

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Professor Sheldon Kurtz elected vice-president of faculty senate Professor Kurtz has been elected as vice president of the Faculty Senate, a position that will lead to a second Kurtz faculty senate presidency in the next year. He first served as president of the Faculty Senate 1996-97.

Julian Bond presents the keynote address as part of UI’s Celebrate Voting events.

Civil Rights Pioneer Julian Bond Keynotes UI ‘Celebrate Voting!’ Events “CELEBRATE VOTING!” — NOV. 2-4, 2005 The struggle for voting rights is not only in our past, but also our present and future, according to Julian Bond, longtime civil rights activist and current chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Bond spoke on “Civil Rights, Voting Rights: Now and Then,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building at the University of Iowa. Bond’s address was the keynote event of “Celebrate Voting!” — a series of events Nov. 2-4 presented by the UI Center for Human Rights and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 85th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

T Barbara Schwartz receives 2005 Isabel Turner Award Barbara Schwartz received the 2005 Isabel Turner Award for her significant contributions to human rights in the Iowa City area. Isabel Turner, for whom the award is named, was an activist for human rights and the environment in Iowa City for many years. The award was presented at the 22nd Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 in the Wayne Richey Ballroom of the IMU.

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Professor Marcella David, Sehee Foss (’07), Professor Adrien Wing, and Dean Carolyn Jones pose with Julian Bond.


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NEW ASSISTANT DEAN FOR ADMISSIONS Collins Byrd joined the College

of Law as the Assistant Dean of Admissions this past fall. He has worked in undergraduate and graduate school admissions for 20 years. Prior to joining us, he was the Director of Admissions at University of Minnesota Law School for 8 years. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Dean for Admissions at William Mitchell College of Law for 6 years. Byrd also worked for Northwestern University’ s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as Associate Director of Admissions, and for Dartmouth College, where he was Assistant to the Director of Admissions. He has additional work experience in corporate marketing and consulting with General Mills, Inc., The Pillsbury Company, and Bentz Whaley Flessner, a consulting firm that caters to not-forprofit organizations. Byrd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, with a major in Psychology; and he earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he concentrated on marketing strategic planning, and public and not-for-profit management.

The Admissions office enjoyed a busy fall recruiting season participating in over 40 recruiting events throughout the nation. The Admissions office has also officially relocated to 320 Melrose Avenue, two houses away from the Boyd Law Building.


NEW PUBLICATIONS POSITION Jill De Young (’99) is presently serving

as Editor for this magazine as well as overseeing and developing web content for the new site and working on initiating new publication efforts for the College of Law. Prior to assuming her new roles, she was Associate Director of Career Services for the College of Law.

Amy Liu has taken on the role of Academic & Career Advisor, which includes being the new Judicial Clerkship Coordinator. Prior to accepting this position, Liu was the Associate Director of Admissions for the College of Law. In her new position, she advises students on classes, joint degrees, and the relationship of those decisions to long-term career goals. As the Judicial Clerkship Coordinator, her work includes advising students interested in seeking clerkships, setting up programs about clerkships, working with students throughout the application process, and coordinating the bundling program for federal clerkship applications.

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College of Law N E W S LLM NEWS Professor Adrien Wing visited several LLM Alumni during the summer of 2005.

Wael Wahbeh (LLM ’99), Professor Wing and her research assistant, Sam Sadden (’07) at Wahbeh’s office, the Allen & Overy firm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates branch.

Dzung Luu (LLM ’00) and Professor Adrien Wing pose for a photo with the Deputy Secretary of the Vietnamese Jurists Association near Hanoi, Vietnam. Luu works for the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam.


The International & Comparative Law Program at the College of Law draws students from around the world. Even though the program enrolls students from various countries, their work and connection with the school remind us that, the world truly is smaller than we think. Take this example. Siegmar Pohl (LLM ’96) and Alexander Klett (LLM ’97) are representing opposite sides in a controversy concerning IP infringements in Germany. This coincidence is a first for the LLM program at Iowa. Klett says, “I had heard of Siegmar Pohl, but not previously had contact with him. And I came across him when I least expected it. But it goes to show that Iowa alumni are everywhere and you can run into them at any given time, even in Europe. It was a pleasant surprise.”

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Zhou Qiang (LLM ’95) and Professor Wing in Tianamen square in Beijing in August. Qiang is a partner in the 30 person Beijing firm of ZY Partners.

Qais Abdel Fattah (LLM ’96) in his office in Amman, Jordan. Fattah is a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development working on the Jordanian legal system.

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Professor Bauer and John Monroe, spouse of Professor Schneider, at the Supreme Court Day faculty dinners.

has co-authored a manuscript about the history of the University of Iowa College of Law from 1910 (when the law school moved from the Old Capitol building to what is now known as Gilmore Hall) until 1935 (when the Law Commons was dedicated). The manuscript is entitled: “From Cuspidors to the Law Commons: The College of Law 1910-1935.” This manuscript joins an earlier one co-authored by Acton, entitled: “The Founding of the Iowa Law School and the Old Capitol Years: 1865-1910.” Acton is assisting in the preparation of some biographical entries of Iowa judges for the Iowa Biographical Dictionary project.


presented an “Overview of Iowa Mortgage Foreclosure and Contract Forfeiture Procedures” at the Law School’s Bankruptcy & Commercial Law CLE program in November 2005.


RANDALL BEZANSON published, “Introducing a New Concept Into Libel Law,” in Nieman Reports No. 2, the publication of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, (with Gil Cranberg) (Summer 2005). He has also published “Ninety Years of the Iowa Law Review: The Personalities, Policies, and Events that Shaped a Tradition in Iowa Legal Education,” in the Iowa Law Review

(with Sandy Boyd) (2005). Bezanson’s new book, How Free Can Religion Be? will be published in the early spring of 2006. The book is the third in his trilogy of books on the First Amendment—Speech Stories: How Free Can Speech Be? (NYU Press 1998); How Free Can the Press Be? (U Illinois Press 2003); and How Free Can Religion Be? (U Illinois Press 2006). STEPHANOS BIBAS published “Regulating Local Variations in Federal Sentencing” in the Stanford Law Review, which explores the types of sentencing variation that are necessary and desirable within a national system and suggests procedural and substantive ways to reduce undesirable variation. He also published “Originalism and Formalism in Criminal Procedure: The Triumph of Justice Scalia, the Unlikely Friend of Criminal Defendants?” in the Georgetown Law Journal. In that essay, he argues that where the Constitution’s text and history clearly support a bright-line rule, originalism and formalism can bring needed coherence to criminal procedure, but where they do not, Justice Scalia’s approach risks being arbitrary and too rigid. And he published “White-Collar Plea Bargaining and Sentencing after Booker” in the William & Mary Law Review. In that essay, he speculates that while in the short term the Supreme Court’s new sentencing jurisprudence may lead to more trials and lower sentences, in the longer term Congress is likely to respond by enacting new, more draconian mandatory minimum penalties and by further restricting judicial discretion. Bibas has given presentations at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University Law Schools; at the latter, he

took part in a symposium panel on the criminal procedure legacy of the Rehnquist Court. He is currently on leave and was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the fall and is at the University of Chicago Law School in the spring. is the new Chair of The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI). BBI aims to advance civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. It will create a collaborative environment—with entrepreneurial innovation and best business practices— to foster public-private dialogue, and create the capacity to transform policy, systems, and people through inclusive education, the workforce, and communities. BBI will collaborate with many centers and partners around the world, including Iowa’s Law, Health Policy & Disability Center. Blanck moderated a July 2005 event for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Iowa City commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the establishment of the EEOC. The event featured EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez speaking at the College of Law and participating with Blanck in an interview at WSUI. During 2005, Blanck continued to speak around the country and in Europe. He taught European disability scholars at the Disability Discrimination Law Summer School, held at the National University of Ireland, Galway; spoke on the ADA as Disability Law and Policy, to the 29th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress, in Paris, France; and addressed the European Commission, Section on Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, about the U.S. Experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Brussels, Belgium. PETER BLANCK

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Faculty N O T E S Professor Bonfield poses with the pumpkin that was carved in his likeness by Shelley Whitcher (’07), a student in his Constitutional Law class.

Blanck co-authored a casebook for Thomson West, Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (2005) (with Hill, Siegal, and Waterstone). He edited the volume Disability Rights, in the collection of the International Library of Essays on Rights for Ashgate Publishing. Blanck’s additional recent publications include editing a Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences and the Law (2005) focused on Corporate Culture and Disability (with Schartz as a co-editor). Articles published in the special issue included “Corporate Culture and the Employment of Persons with Disabilities” (with Schur and Kruse); “Accessibility As A Corporate Article of Faith at Microsoft: Case Study of Corporate Culture and Human Resource Dimensions” (with Sandler); “Emerging Technologies and Corporate Culture at Microsoft: A Methodological Note, Behavioral Sciences & the Law” (with Schmeling and Klein); and, “Disability as Diversity in Fortune 100 Companies” (with Ball, Monaco, Schmeling and Schartz). Blanck also served as co-editor of a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (Fall 2005), which included the article “Studying Workplace Accommodations” (with Schartz, Batiste, Hendricks, Hirsh, Dowler, and Schartz). These activities, and many of Blanck’s writings and speeches, are available on the Center website at SANDY BOYD continues to be actively engaged in co-teaching courses in nonprofits and cultural property. He has just been reappointed to the State Department’s Presidential Advisory Committee on Cultural Property. That Committee reviews requests from foreign governments to limit import of antiquities and other cultural property, which are in jeopardy because of looting and pillaging. His principal focus is as director of the

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Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. He has assisted Richard Koontz in developing a revised set of Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence. This compendium is designed to assist Iowa’s charitable nonprofit organizations to be more effective in their operations. The University’s Institute of Public Affairs is now housed at the Waterman Nonprofit Center. The Institute has long worked with local governments in Iowa. Cooperation between local governments and local nonprofit organizations is crucial to community development. Boyd is in the process of phasing out as the interim director of the University Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum, which will soon reopen to the public. recently published “What Does Covenant Mean for Relationships?” in Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective (with S. Nock)(J. Witte, ed.); “Some Concerns About Applying Economics to Family Law,” in Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus: Gender, Law and Society (M Fineman and T. Dougherty, eds.); “Family Law,” in The Elgar Companion to Law and Economics (J. Backhaus, ed., 2nd ed.); and, “Unhappy Contracts: The Case of Divorce Settlements,” in Review of Law and Economics (2005). She has the following publication forthcoming: “Domestic MARGARET BRINIG

Partnerships and Default Rules,” in Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (M. Glendon & R. Wilson, eds.). Brinig has been selected as the editor of, and has written the introduction to The Economics of Family Law, which will be part of the series Economic Approaches to Law (R. Posner and F. Parisi, eds). She has been invited to participate in The Best Love of the Child: (Social) Scientific, Theological, and Legal Perspectives on the Agapic Love of Children (joint venture of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love at Case Western Reserve University and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, Stephen Post and Timothy P. Jackson, codirectors); and as Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Marriage (Routledge, gen. ed. D. Browning). Brinig’s recent publications include the following articles: “Does Parental Autonomy Require Equal Custody at Divorce,” in Louisiana Law Review; “Penalty Defaults in Family Law: The Case of Child Custody” in Florida State Law Review; “The Association Between Statutory Penalties and Domestic Elder Abuse Investigations” in Journal of Crime and Justice (with G. Jogerst, J. Daly, S. Bibas, C. Peek-Asa and G. Schmuch); and, “Lawmaking by Public Welfare Professionals,” in Whittier Journal of Child & Family Advocacy ( with G. Jogerst, J. Daly, J. Dawson and G. Schmuch). Brinig presented the custody bargaining paper at the International Society for Family Law in Salt Lake City in July, The Canadian Law and Economics Association in Toronto and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, in September and the Midwestern Law and Economics Association at Northwestern Law School in October. She also participated in a conference on Marriage and Federalism at Harvard Law School in August. Brinig is Program Chair and ChairElect of the Family Law Section of AALS. Additionally, she is Editor of the Newslet-

ter for the International Society of Family Law (ISFL) and a Member of the Executive Council of the ISFL. She will attend the meeting for ISFL in Modena, Italy, in March of 2006. STEVEN J. BURTON ’s Contract Law:

Selected Source Materials 2005 edition (with Melvin A. Eisenberg) was published by West-Thompson. The third edition of his casebook, Principles of Contract Law is in press for publication early in 2006, also by West-Thompson. He is also the co-editor (with George S. Coombe and Robert B. von Mehren) of a book on American Arbitration Practice, which is in press for publication later in 2006 by the Practising Law Institute. He contributed a chapter to that volume on “The Legal Environment.” He continues to work on a nearly completed law review article on “The New Judicial Hostility to Arbitration: Unconscionability and Agreements to Arbitrate.” continues to serve as Vice Provost for the University of Iowa. In October, she presented a paper on taxation of same-sex couples at the Lavender Law Conference—sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, an ABA affiliate—in San Diego, California. Cain co-authored a casebook on Sexuality Law with Arthur Leonard of New York Law School, which was published by Carolina Academic Press in December 2005. This spring she is co-teaching a seminar on Gender and Sexuality in U.S. History with Linda Kerber of the Department of History. PATRICIA CAIN


Professor Lois Cox and Justice Carter of the Iowa Supreme Court at the faculty dinners for Supreme Court Day.

ENRIQUE CARRASCO , along with Jill Gaulding, received the 2004-2005 Teaching Excellence Award after years of dedicated teaching. He teaches not only in the classroom but also as Director of the University of Iowa Center for International Finance & Development (UICIFD), where he supervises the research and writing of up to ten student staff members. In this capacity, he has coordinated a complete re-design of UICIFD’s website (relying on the impressive skills of the current webmaster, Kris Biskeborn (’07)) and added a new feature: News & Development, which reports on important developments in international finance and development. With the use of Google Analytics, the Center now has the ability to track the number of the website’s visitors and where they are from. For instance, between November 11, 2005 and December 8, 2005, UICIFD received 810 visitors from around the globe—e.g., Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil, many European countries, Canada and many states in the U.S.

Carrasco’s research currently is focusing on a comparative analysis of the World Bank presidents as well as other areas related to development. A playwright in his spare time, Professor Carrasco work-shopped his most recent play, “The (Dysfunctional) Study Group,” at the law school, using exceptionally talented student actors. The play will be submitted to theatres throughout the country. presented a paper on “Divorce and Federalism: Balancing State Interests and Individual Rights” at the 12th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law in Salt Lake City. She will begin teaching Federal Indian Law during the spring semester, and is chairing the law school’s upper division curriculum policy committee. ANN LAQUER ESTIN

is writing a linked set of articles on the jurisprudence and theory of anti-discrimination law. Her research on a particular type of discrimination, known as “unconscious cognitive bias,” has led to a number of engagements outside the law school, including supervision of a Ph.D. student’s empirical study of racial stereotypes in the public school system and several invited lectures on the topic “How Discrimination Really Occurs and What We Can Do About It.” Her research on cognitive bias also led her to object on legal grounds to the rebuilt JILL GAULDING

Professor Carrasco hosted current Alianza students for dinner this past fall.

perspective on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, “The problem with Roberts is that he’s a Beltway insider,” was published in the op-ed pages of the Sunday Chicago Tribune on August 28, 2005.

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Faculty N O T E S “Pink Locker Room” at Kinnick Stadium. Because of the media attention that followed, Professor Gaulding has had a number of opportunities to educate the public nationwide about cognitive bias. “That’s what we need,” she argues, “because we cannot move beyond discrimination until we come to understand it.” Within the law school building, Gaulding’s innovative approach to teaching was recognized when students selected her, along with Enrique Carrasco, for the Collegiate Teaching Award. testified before the United States Antitrust Modernization Commission on the subject of Reform of the Robinson-Patman Act in late summer, 2005. His book The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution (Harvard Univ. Press) was published January 2006. He also published three new volumes of the antitrust law treatise: 4 & 4A Antitrust Law (2006), on mergers; and 14 Antitrust Law (2006) on the Robinson-Patman Act as well as the 2005 Supp. to IP and Antitrust (with Mark Janis and Mark Lemley). Hovenkamp’s recent publications also include the following articles and book reviews: “Discounts and Exclusion” in Utah Law Review (2005) (forthcoming); “Federalism and Antitrust Reform” in USF Law Review (2005) (forthcoming); “Anticompetitive Pricing” in Competition Policy International (2005) (forthcoming); “A Brief Overview of the IP/Antitrust Interface” in Issue in Competition Law and Policy (2006) (forthcoming); “Exclusion and the Sherman Act” in University of Chicago Law Review (2005); Review of Christopher Harding and Julian Joshua, Regulating Cartels in Europe: A Study of Legal Control of Corporate Delinquency (2005) in European Law Review (2005); and, Review of Wouter P.J. Wils, Principles of European Antitrust Enforcement (2005) in European Law Review (2005). HERB HOVENKAMP

was recently re-elected President-elect of the Faculty Senate of the University of Iowa. He will SHELDON KURTZ

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Allison Harvey (’06); Kwesi Seals, a student in the theatre department; Paul Thelen (’07); and Ana Malvar (’07) did an excellent job of work-shopping Professor Carrasco’s play, The (Dysfunctional) Study Group, in November.

serve next year as the President of the Senate. He is the first faculty member of the University to ever be elected twice to the office, having previously served as President of the Senate in the mid-1990’s. Kurtz also saw new editions of three of his books published in 2005. MARK JANIS is researching the effect of new genomics technologies on plant variety protection; the issue of trademark use; and the evolution of patent law’s utility and eligibility doctrines (all for forthcoming law review articles). He is co-editor of a forthcoming scholarly book on trademark law and theory. In Fall 2005 he taught a new course, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, and a new intellectual property reading tutorial for upper-level intellectual property students. He also taught intellectual property in the UI Executive MBA program. In September, 2005, he spoke on patent law reform at a conference at Stanford Law School, and in October, 2005 he presented on trademark use at the meeting of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association. He continues to serve on the UI Research Foundation Board of Directors and on the Board of the UI Law School Foundation. NICHOLAS JOHNSON ’s chapter, “Retroactive Ethical Judgments and Human Subjects Research,” was published November 2005 in the volume Ethics (San Diego and Oxford: Plural Publishing, 2005). Other topics related to his teaching (Law of Electronic Media and Cyberspace Law) included “Principles of Red Lion on the

Endangered List” in Television Week, “Why You Should Care Who Serves on the FCC” and “How to Violate Copyright Without Copying Anything” in The Gazette, “Open Minds About Open Meetings” in the Des Moines Register and “10 Questions with Nicholas Johnson” in Jacobs Media. Other subjects included the local public power controversy, “Power Question is Simple One,” in the Iowa City Press-Citizen (plus the web site, “The Significance of Iowa City’s ‘Public Power’ Vote: Where Are the Relevant Statutory Provisions and What Do They Say?”); cigarette tax, “Why Iowa Needs to Raise the Cigarette Tax,” in the Des Moines Register; and education, “No Child Leaves Kids Behind,” in the Iowa City PressCitizen, “Is Ward Churchill a Conservative?” in the Daily Iowan and “Can [Animal Rights] Research Conflict be Resolved?” in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. In addition to commentary in his substantial Iowa Environmental Project (Coralville rain forest) web site, he published “Unfocused and Unfunded, Rain Forest Inspires Mostly Questions,” in the Des Moines Register, “Time to Build or Get Off the Lot” in the Iowa City PressCitizen and “Rain Forest Dreams and Deficits” in The Gazette. He was invited to address the International Commission on Radio and Television Policy in Vienna, Austria, on “Censorship from State to Self,” and the National Conference on Media Reform in St. Louis on “Broadcasting and Its Regulation: 1895-1970.” His public appearances in Iowa have included remarks to the “Town Meeting on the Future of Media” in Iowa City (“Fork in the Road and Alternative

Futures”), a speech to the University of Iowa College of Business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, “Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Business Skills in a Wider World,” “Your Second Priority” at the Labor Day picnic of the Iowa City Federation of Labor, and “The Responsibilities of Philosopher Kings” at the Drake Law Review banquet in Des Moines. Radio appearances regarding media policy included two on “The Mike Webb Show,” KIRO, Seattle (“Is the FCC Wrong to Hire the Religious Right?” and “Hypocrisy and Indecency in Broadcasting”), and three on WSUI’s “Talk of Iowa” (“Public Finance and Public Broadcasting,” “Media Responsibility and the Iowa License Renewals,” and “Indecency in Broadcasting”). He also appeared on KRUI’s “Caffeinated Opinions.” Other subjects included “Public Finance and the Coralville Rain Forest” on WSUI’s “Talk of Iowa” program. His contributions to the University’s “Year of Public Engagement” program included working with FreePress and other groups in organizing a “Town Meeting on the Future of Media” in Iowa City, and providing pro bono consulting for Iowans for Better Local Television. The thousands of screens of material at his web site,, continue to be visited by lawyers, potential law school entrants, and other users in 148 countries. JEAN LOVE recently published the Teacher’s Manual to the seventh edition of Equitable Remedies, Restitution and Damages, an edition which includes over 90 new cases and completely updated note materials.

recently spent a week as Distinguished Visitor at the University of British Columbia (St. John’s College), lecturing to large public audiences as well as seminars of faculty and students in law and the social sciences. He also spoke in Paris at France’s Holocaust museum, the Memorial de la Shoah, in a lecture series


bankruptcy relief designed only for family farmers. The 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code made Chapter 12 a permanent feature of our bankruptcy system. Her article explores the impact and influence of Chapter 12 on rural America. is on leave this fall and is writing an article, titled, “The Right to Refuse and the Obligation to Comply,” critiquing the courts’ Fourth Amendment analysis of individual’s interactions with police. Her article, “‘No Fellow in American Legislation’: Weems v. United States and the Doctrine of Proportionality,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Vermont Law Review. This spring, Raymond is teaching Criminal Law at Vermont Law School. MARGARET RAYMOND IRA KURZBAN provided a public presentation on November 15. He was the practioner-in -residence on November 14 and 15, 2005. He is an internationally known specialist in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law, and the author of the most widely-used single volume reference on Immigration Law, known by immigration lawyers as simply “Kurzban.”

commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, and on the same subject at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In addition, he gave faculty workshops at Southwestern, Harvard, and Boston University law schools. Osiel nears completion of his fourth book on legal responses to mass atrocity, to appear from Cambridge University Press. TODD PETTYS will publish “Our AntiCompetitive Patriotism,” this spring in the U.C. Davis Law Review.

recently attended the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in San Antonio November 2-5 as a selected Fellow of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. On November 18, she gave a CLE presentation on “Rural Bankruptcy” at the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law CLE that the law school organized. Additionally, this past fall she did a television interview for NBC on the new bankruptcy law that appeared as part of local NBC news broadcasts across the nation. Porter published “Phantom Farmers: Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code,” in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal (2005). Chapter 12 is a special form of

hosted Professor Harold Berman of Emory Law School as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor in September. Last spring, Reitz had spearheaded a consortium including the College of Law, the Departments of Religious Studies, History, International Programs, and the European Studies Group to apply for Ida Beam funds to bring Professor Berman, a noted expert on comparative law, law and religions, the history of law, and world law to campus.



Judge Guido Calibresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Dean Emeritus Bill Hines at the AALS conference in Washington D.C. in January 2006.

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Faculty N O T E S The application was successful and during the last week of September, Professor Berman visited and gave a major public address on “The Role of Religion in the Western Legal Tradition and in the Emergence of World Law.” He also gave a faculty seminar at the law school on “What’s Wrong with Legal Education in the U.S. and What to Do about It” and Reitz organized a more informal meeting with law students. This past summer and fall Reitz has been working on two collections of scholarship. For the American Society of Comparative Law, he has been serving as co-editor, with Professor David Clark of Willamette Law School, of the volume of country reports for all of the subjects for the Seventeeth International Congress of Comparative Law, to be held next summer in Utrecht, Netherlands. For that volume, he has researched and written a report on “e-government” in the United States. The volume will appear as a “supplementary” issue of the American Journal of Comparative Law in spring of 2006. He also organized a symposium this fall on comparative constitutional law at Iowa. The idea was based on the fact that quite a few colleagues at the College of Law are actively pursuing scholarship within the general topic of comparative constitutional law. The symposium seeks to strengthen the cross-fertilization potential for these related scholarly projects. Professors Bill Buss, Alexander Somek, and Adrien Wing, as well as regular visitors Sir Geoffrey Palmer from New Zealand and Alexander Domrin from Russia and recent colleague Rob Porter, who is now at Syracuse, all agreed to contribute papers to the symposium, which is being held on a rolling basis, with workshops on one or two papers each month during the fall. The last two papers will be work-shopped in late January 2006, and then the papers will be published in Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems under Reitz’s general editorship. Because the sympo-

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Professors Reitz and Somek pose with Professor Harlold Berman of Emory University. Professor Berman provided the Ida Beam lecture on September 29 and presented a faculty seminar on “What is Wrong with Legal Education?” on September 30.

sium has been sponsored by TLCP, the workshops have been held on the second floor of the law school at times convenient for students and student attendance has been quite good. The resulting TLCP issue should nicely showcase Iowa scholarship in this area. The paper that Reitz is writing for the symposium and which he presented at a workshop in November is entitled “Political Economy and Separation of Powers.” organized and hosted the Journal of Corporation Law’s symposium, Robert Clark’s Corporate Law. The symposium featured papers from numerous corporate law scholars (see page 18) updating and rethinking the developments in corporate law in the twenty years since Clark’s treatise was first published. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded the program with a $45,000 grant. Ronald Gilson and Reinier Kraakman were the co-hosts and will be the guest editors of the Journal of Corporation Law volume featuring the symposium papers. Sale has joined Jack Coffee and Joel Seligman as a co-author on the Securities Regulation casebook. This fall, she made presentations at a conference at Washington University in St. Louis in honor of Joel Seligman and at the Fordham Law School’s fall corporate governance and litigation conference. Sale continues to teach in the Executive MBA program in the Tippee College of Business. She also continues her work with the ABA HILLARY SALE

Committee on Corporate Laws, traveling to Chicago for the September meeting and New York City for the December meeting. received one of the first UI President’s Awards for State Outreach and Public Engagement for developing and supervising the Housing Project, a clinical law community economic development and assistive technology project that helped expand housing opportunities for persons with disabilities and other residents of the Hawkeye State. The project has assisted persons with disabilities and their families to obtain and pay for much-needed modifications and retrofits to their homes through workshops held throughout the state. The Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities honored Sandler with its 2005 Commissioner’s Award to acknowledge his recent work with public and private sector employers, employees and job seekers. The award noted his efforts to fashion and negotiate workplace accommodations, conduct workshops on tax incentives, disability discrimination, employment laws and other legal issues, perform job site accessibility audits and evaluate and help retrofit Internet sites and pages. A clinical law disability project supervised by Sandler received the 2005 Distinguished Agency Award from Citizens for People with Disabilities for improving the quality of life for persons LEN SANDLER

with disabilities in the Greater Cedar Rapids area. The award acknowledges the Student Legal Interns who represent and work collaboratively with Peer Action Disability Support (PADS), a grassroots advocacy and education organization. Their primary focus has been to enhance paratransit and transportation services and policies in the Cedar Rapids metro area and to educate management and riders about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other laws. The law students and Sandler facilitate workshops on legislation, policy and other hot topics, team up to conduct accessibility audits of local businesses and help people resolve individual and systemic problems. Sandler explored his “Strategies to Increase the Use of Federal and State Disability Tax Credits and Deductions,” with Iowa Workforce Development Disability Navigators in July 2005 in Des Moines. “The ADA and the Hiring Process: Can You Ask? Should You Tell?” was the subject of the interactive workshop and mock interview evaluation he presented with disability advocates at Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference on October 17, 2005 in Ames. The Iowa Department of Elder Affairs’ Elder Rights Conference 2005 was the forum for his November 7, 2005 workshop and presentation on “Advance Directives: Who’s In Charge? Who Makes Decisions,” in Des Moines. WENDIE SCHNEIDER recently revised work on the history of the criminal justice system in British India for publication in a forthcoming Stanford University Press collection of essays on criminal justice history. She is currently at work on a history of judicial oaths in the nineteenth century. This term, she developed and taught a new course entitled “The History of Crime and Punishment,” that covered Anglo-American criminal law and penal policy from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries.

was awarded the Isabel Turner Award for public service by The Iowa City Human Rights Commission. The award honors her career in representing those who do not otherwise have access to the courts. She organized and presented at a Removal Hearing training for attorneys representing non-citizens who have been placed in proceedings on November 11, 2005, sponsored by the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, at the Drake Law School Clinic Courtroom. She served on the search committee for our new Assistant Dean for Admissions, Collins Byrd. BARBARA SCHWARTZ

MARK SIDEL is serving as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Vermont Law School during 200506. At Harvard he is teaching on law and society in Southeast Asia; human trafficking; and philanthropy and the law. At Vermont he is teaching contracts and on human trafficking. Sidel also coorganized and co-chaired an international symposium on labor, enterprises and the state in Vietnam held at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in December 2005. He is presently finishing a book on law and society in Vietnam. He has recently published an article on nonprofit self-regulation in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, has an article forthcoming on anti-terrorism policy in Critique Internationales (Paris), and is preparing a revised edition of his book More Secure, Less Free? Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11.

continues her work on legal strategies to organize and represent low-income service workers. She has a forthcoming article, “Laboring for Child Care: A Consideration of New Approaches to Represent Low-Income Service Workers,” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law. During the summer of 2005, she delivered a talk on the topic at PEGGIE SMITH

the 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Work and Organisation, held at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. In October 2005, she gave a paper at the 21st Century Motherhood Conference sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston: “Caring for Caregivers in the Era of Welfare Reform: The Cost of Not Caring.” Also in October 2005, she discussed the legal significance of elder care’s emergence as a work-family issue at the first Canadian Conference on Elder Law in Vancouver, Canada. Smith is presently completing a University of Iowa Career Development Award, and is a research scholar at the University’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. She has used her Career Development Award and her time at the Obermann Center to further her research on the politics of women’s paid care work. went across the Atlantic several times recently. In May 2005, he gave a talk on “The Benign Empire. European Political Imagination in the Twenty First Century.” The talk was part of a conference devoted to “The Reconstruction of Europe” and hosted by both the Department of Linguistics and the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Lancaster. In June, he participated in a conference on “The Dark Side of Fundamental Rights.” It was held at the Department of Law at the Central European University in Budapest. In his talk, he addressed the issue of how the equality principle has been misinterpreted by European constitutional courts and transformed into a general principle of “reasonableness.” He also presented a paper entitled “De-commodification Revisited” at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). In this paper, he distinguishes between “strong” and “weak” social policy and uses the distinction to explain that the pursuit of social policy by the European


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Faculty N O T E S Union has so far amounted to a consistent “weakening” of the social policy of the Member States. The following articles of his recently appeared in print: “Staatenloses Recht: Kelsens Konzeption und ihre Grenzen” [Stateless Law: Kelsen’s Conception and its Limits], in: Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (2005); “Ermächtigung und Verpflichtung. Ein Versuch über Normativität bei Hans Kelsen” [Empowerment and Obligation: An Essay on Normativity in Kelsen’s Legal Theory], in: S. L. Paulson & M. Stolleis (eds.), Hans Kelsen. Staatsrechtslehrer und Rechtstheoretiker des 20. Jahrhunderts (Tübingen: Mohr, 2005) “Die Macht der juristischen Expertise. Rechtliches Wissen als Steuerungsmedium” [The Power of Legal Expertise], in: K. Lerch (ed.), Sprache und Recht, vol. 3 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2005); “Introduction to the Symposium on Antidiscrimination Law in the European Union,” in the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (2005); “Catholic Concordance: Exploring the Context of European Anti-discrimination Law and Policy,” in the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (2005). Somek is working on a number of projects. For example, with the coming publication of his first major work on legal theory in German, he is eager to rework his theory and to adjust it to the situation of the common law. Paradoxically, in the process of reworking he would also talk up major themes of Hegel’s Philosophy and Law and translate them into the legal and philosophical vernacular of the twenty-first century. In addition, Somek would like to complete his research on the EU’s new anti-drug, antitobacco, anti-alcohol, anti-obesity, and anti-depression initiatives. Not only do these initiatives rest on highly problematic rendition of the EU’s jurisdiction, they are also indicative of a transformation of power that can be described accurately by drawing on analyses by Alexis de

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Tocqueville, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber and Sigmund Freud. What these authors have in common is a healthy skepticism vis-à-vis the repressive eudemonism of the bureaucratic state. has published the first half of a two-part article, “Preventing Significant Deterioration Under the Clean Air Act: Baselines, Increments, and Ceilings,” in the December 2005 issue of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter. JOHN-MARK STENSVAAG

JAMES TOMKOVICZ contributed a chapter to The Rehnquist Legacy, a collection of scholarly essays concerning the jurisprudence of Chief Justice William Rehnquist that has been published by Cambridge University Press. He authored Chapter Seven, which is entitled “Against the Tide: Rehnquist’s Efforts to Curtail Expansion of the Right to Counsel.” LARRY D. WARD , the Dykstra Professor

of Tax Law, published the 2006 Update and the 2006 Update to the Teacher’s Manual for Gunn and Ward’s, Cases, Text and Problems on Federal Income Taxation (5th Ed.). In November, Ward submitted the manuscript for the 6th edition of Gunn and Ward, the first edition he has prepared without the participation of his long-time collaborator, Alan Gunn.

ADRIEN WING ’s recent publications

include a paper she originally presented in Jordan this past summer for an international expert conference. “Constitutionalism, Legal Reform, and the Economic Development of Palestinian Women” will be published by Iowa’s TLCP journal as part of a symposium issue on comparative constitutionalism, featuring Iowa affiliated faculty. She will author a chapter on the Hurricane Katrina national disaster for an anthology from the New Press, scheduled to come out by the one year anniversary. Wing has also completed a chapter on African women and the New African Union for a book on Africa: Mapping New Boundaries from Hart Publishing. She has done a chapter for a guide book for African American pre-law students edited by Iowa alum Evangeline Mitchell (’97). Wing’s lectures off-campus this fall included a presentation at the LATINO Critical Studies conference in San Juan. She was a panelist on the Global Critical Race Feminism opening plenary, named for her anthology of the same title. She presented at the Texas Southern University Law School conference on legal aspects of Katrina, focusing on international issues of internally displaced persons. Wing participated in a panel on affirmative action at Grinnell College as well. Wing has also joined the blogging world and posts regularly in

JOHN WHISTON helped coordinate the fall football CLE series on Litigation and presented a program on “Recent Developments in Rule 404(b) ‘Other Bad Acts’ Character Evidence.” He and two Clinic students filed an amicus curiae brief in the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association in a criminal case involving the question of when defense questioning would open the door to the admission of evidence suppressed under Iowa’s implied consent procedures. Professor Adrienne Wing and Julian Bond at the voting rights presentation., a group of nine prominent African American law professors. In December, Wing returned to the Middle East region and was a keynoter at an international nonviolence conference, held in Bethlehem. Her speaking engagements on campus included presenting her paper on Palestinian women for the live symposium of the TLCP journal. She also spoke to the international law students group on careers, and to a school forum on the legal aspects of Katrina. She was part of a group of faculty that spoke to colleagues on publishing with university presses as well. This fall, Wing began chairing the Self Study and Strategic Planning committee. The law college must complete a university-required plan due in May. The school also completes a self study every seven years as part of the inspection process by the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools. Wing is an ABA inspector herself, and chaired the inspection team this fall for the University of Georgia Law School. She is also chairing a university-wide Gender Equity Task Force, and serves as a CIC Fellow for Academic Leadership of Big Ten Schools. Wing had a very productive summer as director of the summer program in Arcachon, France. Additionally, the postprogram tutorial took most of the students to Berlin, where very moving highlights included a visit to the Sachenhausen concentration camp, and the Jewish museum, as well as a meeting at the German Foreign Ministry. Next year’s post-program will be to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. This summer Wing and Turkish RA Ozan Varol (’07) visited with representatives of the groups that will host students next year. The trip will include classes and meetings with members of the High Court, members of Parliament, university students and faculty, Turkish bar association and Istanbul bar leaders, human rights activists, and the chief prosecutor in the biggest terrorism trial. This summer Wing met with several

Iowa foreign LLM alums, who all expressed their appreciation for their U.S. alma mater and how it had helped them in their careers. While in Jordan, she saw former RA Qais Abdel-Fattah (’96 LLM), who works for a U.S. Agency for International Development project. In Dubai, she met with former RA Wael Wahbeh (’99 LLM), who is an associate with Allen & Overy, one of the largest firms in the world. In Beijing, China, she was hosted by Qiang Zhou (’95 LLM), who is a partner at his own 30 person firm. Finally, in Hanoi, Vietnam, she met with Luu Tien Dzung (’00 LLM) who now works for the UN Development Program. In addition to teaching Human Rights and the Law in Germany tutorial this summer, Wing also lectured on Critical Race Feminism to a gender and law class for LLMs at the Birzeit Law School in Ramallah, West Bank. She also met with Bosnian and American officials in Sarajevo concerning that nation’s legal recovery from the recent war. TUNG YIN spent the Fall 2005 semester on pre-tenure leave, working on various law journal articles. The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy recently published “Ending the War on Terrorism One Terrorist at a Time: A Non-Criminal Detention Model for Holding and Releasing Guantanamo Bay Detainees.” A related article, “Procedural Due Process to Determine ‘Enemy Combatant’ Status in the War on Terrorism,” will be published by the Tennessee Law Review in spring 2006. Yin presented “Coercion and Terrorism Prosecutions in the Shadow of Military Detentions” at faculty workshops at Southwestern University School of Law and Loyola (Los Angeles) Law School and will submit the article in the spring for publication. He is currently working on an article on antiterrorism actions and the defense of “following orders.” Yin also contributed five entries to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (to be published by

Routledge in 2006): “Terrorism and Civil Liberties,” “Indefinite Detention,” “United States v. The Progressive, Inc.,” “United States v. United States District Court,” and “Butler v. McKellar.” In addition, NeXus: A Journal of Opinion solicited “Legal Blogs and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process” from him for a symposium on “How blogs are affecting the legal world.” He will also coauthor “Pre-Tenure Blogging: Is It Worth It?,” a contribution to another symposium on blogging, “How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship,” to be held at Harvard Law School next spring. He also published guest editorials in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on the Fourth Circuit’s decision in the Jose Padilla case and on John Roberts’ confirmation hearing. In September, he spoke about constitutional (federalism) issues as part of a faculty panel on “Law in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina” at the law school. This January, he presented a lecture entitled “Coercion, Detention, and the War on Terrorism” as part of the University of Iowa’s Lifelong Learning Series. Yin is the faculty advisor for three student groups: the Animal Legal Defense Fund; the Asian-American Law Student Association; and the newly formed National Security & Law Society. He has also served as the judicial clerkship advisor and helped moot the law school’s National Moot Court team.

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he directors of the Iowa Law School Foundation met on Friday, September 30, 2005 at the Boyd Law Building in Iowa City, Iowa. Following the morning committee meetings the board enjoyed a luncheon featuring speaker Professor Mark Janis discussing trademark use. The full board was convened by ILSF President Carol Havemann Lynch (‘72) for its general business meeting following lunch. REPORTS ON THE LAW SCHOOL

The ILSF board heard reports from Peter Wilch, Director of Development, on fund raising; Professor Sheldon Kurtz on the proposed law school curricular reform; Mark Wunder, Assistant Dean for External Relations, and Karen Klouda, Director of Career Services, on the Partners in Placement Program; and Professor Mark Janis on the newly created Innovation, Business and Law Center. DEAN JONES’ STATE OF THE LAW SCHOOL REPORT

The Dean announced the hire of a new Assistant Dean of Admissions, Collins Byrd; he joins Iowa from the University of Minnesota Law School. Byrd received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. In addition, Katie Auerbach (‘05) has joined the Admissions staff as an Admissions Recruiter. It is anticipated that the recent staff additions and updated website will enhance the College of Law’s recruitment efforts for the fall of 2006. Also on the Admission front, Dean Jones shared that the Class of 2008 has 227 students with a median LSAT of 161 and a median grade point 3.59. Both the LSAT and GPA medians were improvements. Dean Jones shared that the Journal of Corporation Law led by Professor Hillary Sale coordinated a symposium honoring the 20th Anniversary of Harvard Law School Dean Emeritus Robert Clark’s landmark treatise, “Corporate Law.” The symposium attracted top corporate scholars and garnered the law school national attention including mention on the Harvard Law School web site. Professor Sale conducted this conference thanks to a grant from the Sloan Foundation to investigate paradigm shifting in corporate law. The Dean shared information on the recent Board of Regents discussions on funding from the state particularly as the conversation pertained to the important issue of faculty retention. Dean Jones reported that due to Hurricane Katrina, the College of Law has welcomed two students from Loyola Law School. In addition, students have been very supportive of those in need including a small section group that collected enough money for a current Iowa law student to travel to Louisiana to look for his family. In addition, Iowa Student Bar Association and Black Law Student Association have actively raised funds for

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hurricane relief. The Dean asserted that these efforts are emblematic of the students currently enrolled at Iowa. FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee reported that the Iowa Law School Foundation received a clean audit report. . The Iowa Law School Foundation had the top investment performance by a significant margin compared to the numbers from Big Ten universities and foundations for five- and ten-year periods The Committee recommends no change in asset allocation at this time. FUND-RAISING COMMITTEE

The Fund-Raising Committee reported that the Hines Professorship has commitments of slightly over $1 million, with better than $400,000 already received and the Vernon Professorship is fully endowed and has been awarded to Professor Randall Bezanson. It was reported that the University of Iowa Good.Better.Best.Iowa capital campaign is nearing its $1 billion goal and that the law school is nearing $46 million in funds raised since the beginning of the campaign; that total is better than 130 percent of the targeted goal. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID COMMITTEE

The Student Financial Aid Committee made a motion to increase the student loan fund to $900,000 to ensure that loan availability keep pace with tuition increases. Loans from the Iowa Law School Foundation can be obtained at a slightly lower rate than the market and serve the students well. The motion was approved. A motion was passed by the full board to consider borrowers who have been affected by Katrina consistent with the Federal educational loan policies being enacted. The provisions will allow for an automatic suspension of loan payment for at least 90 days from borrowers in an area designated as a disaster area by FEMA. It is estimated that the College has seventeen such loans. NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

The Nominating Committee reported that the term of board member Carroll Reasoner (‘76) will expire in April 2006, and that there will be an opportunity to continue to expand the board. A slate of prospective board members will be presented to the ILSF board meeting in April for formal nomination; the committee will make another report at that time. 2006 MEETING DATES

Future meeting dates were approved. The next meeting will be, Saturday, April 22, 2006. The fall meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2006 Homecoming Weekend on Friday, October 6, 2006. The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Development From the Director of Development

Peter Wilch

Director of Development, College of Law The University of Iowa Foundation P.O. Box 4550 Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 (800) 648-6973 (319) 335-3305

Each day, when I am not away from Iowa City visiting alumni and friends of the law school, I drive through the farmland along Highway 1 on my daily sojourn to work. On an early morning commute in December, NPR feature essay called “This I believe…”, caught my attention. The author of the piece, Victor Hansen, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and an emeritus professor from California State University Fresno, reflected upon the fact that his was the sixth generation to live and work on the same family farm in northern California. He talked about how a place— and everything that the place stands for— can truly shape a person and give them a sense of groundedness. As an Iowan, of course I was first drawn in by his reference to family farms, but his thoughts also made me think of sentiments I have heard expressed by Iowa Law School alumni. Whether they have remained in Iowa or moved far away, so many of the alumni I speak with describe a similar impact that


their time in the law school has had on their lives. Often the same names come up in their recollections—those of Deans Wiley Rutledge, Mason Ladd, and Bill Hines; and Professors Frank Kennedy, Charlie Davidson, Allan Vestal, Arthur Bonfield, Randy Bezanson, Hillary Sale, and many others—as mentors who propelled them to expect more of themselves in the classroom, and who set the foundation for their successful and satisfying careers law. Hansen concluded his essay by reflecting, “I believe there is an old answer for every new problem, that wise whispers of the past are with us to assure us that if we just listen and remember, we are not alone; we have been here before.” These “wise whispers of the past” are reflected in the generosity of foresighted donors like T. S. Parvin, whose gift in 1888 helped build the Iowa law library collection, or Judge John Dillion, whose estate gift in 1914 put the law school on a more solid foundation. Their gifts remind us that past generations of law students felt the same sense identification with the college that current alumni feel. They knew that their gifts would create for future generations that same sense of connection. And, they wanted to ensure that those elements that come together to make the Iowa Law School the place that it is—dedicated faculty, a forward-looking curriculum, a facility that enables and inspires the best in learning—would continue to prosper and grow. Thankfully, many of today’s generous supporters “listen and remember,” and realize that they are not alone in wishing the best for future law school students. Rob Youle’s (‘76) decision to include the college in his philanthropic plans (see page xx) and Dick Carey’s reflections his and Ruth’s decision to make a gift to the law school (see page xx) are excellent examples of how their Iowa years


informed their careers and lives. No matter where these men’s careers have taken them, they both acknowledge through their legacies that in a significant way, a part of them remains rooted in the Iowa law school. These generous gifts and many others helped advance the law school to better than 140 percent of our Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign goal—or nearly $48 million—through the end of the campaign on December 31, 2005. To those of you who participated in this effort, thank you for sustaining and enriching the tradition of generosity to the law school. Your gifts are a wonderful acknowledgment of how you, too, value the way in which the law school has shaped your life—and how you want it to continue to do that for future generations. I welcome your questions and feedback. If you would like more information about how you can provide current or deferred support in your estate for the Iowa Law School, please feel free to e-mail or telephone me. You can also learn more about giving to the College of Law or make a gift on line by visiting our secure website:

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R O B E R T E . Y O U L E ( ’76 )

Sometimes a neardeath experience can be life changing.


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NOT ONLY BECAME A VOLUNTEER FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, BUT ALSO DECIDED TO DESIGNATE A PORTION OF HIS ESTATE FOR THAT ORGANIZATION. Later, as his thoughts turned to “giving back,” he reflected on his years at the Iowa Law School—and decided to contribute part of his estate to his alma mater. Youle’s generosity will one day endow a faculty chair that will benefit a UI law professor teaching and writing in the area of antitrust and trade regulation law. In the UI College of Law, a gift of $1.5 million will endow a chair. Youle’s commitment is part of the University-wide Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign. “I attribute much of my professional success to the education I received at the Iowa Law School and consider this gift one important way of showing my gratitude,” said Youle. “For me, what made my Iowa legal education so valuable was the quality of the faculty—I want to see the College’s legacy of excellence continue, and I made this gift to help ensure that it will.” A member in the Litigation Department of Sherman & Howard L.L.C., in Denver, Colorado, Youle has practiced complex commercial litigation since 1976, and joined Sherman & Howard in 1978. In 1991, he co-founded Williams, Youle & Koenigs, P.C., a boutique commercial litigation firm in Denver. He rejoined Sherman & Howard in February 2002. He is a frequent lecturer on antitrust and commercial litigation issues and has served as adjunct professor of antitrust law at the University of Denver College of Law. Youle is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of both antitrust law and commercial litigation, and was named one of Denver’s best commercial litigation lawyers in 5280 Magazine, 2003. He has been a longstanding, generous contributor to the Iowa Law School Foundation.

Alumni H I G H L I G H T S


LESLIE D. DAVIS (’95) As Leslie D. Davis grew up in Chicago, pursuing her education for as long as she


could was always a given. “My parents were very serious about education, and I always went to really

good schools,” she said. “It was always assumed I would go to college. There was never any question I was going to college. Education was always a priority in my family.”

So it’s not surprising that Davis went on to help establish the Legacy Charter School in Chicago, which opened its doors in the city’s troubled North Lawndale neighborhood last August. The school was established by the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, where Davis practices as a litigator in the Chicago office, making it the first charter school established by a law firm. The firm decided to sponsor the school in celebration of its 100th anniversary, Davis said, and because the firm recognizes the importance of a quality education for all students. “I always took education for granted, all the way through law school,” said Davis, who earned her undergraduate UI degree in journalism before receiving her law degree from the College of Law. “It wasn’t until after I started my career I came to understand all of the issues surrounding quality education and realized there were kids who aren’t receiving the kind of education I received. I saw a need to step forward and try to improve things, and so I did.” At first that meant volunteering at schools, speaking to classes about the law

and other career opportunities, and mentoring students, particularly at-risk kids from minority communities. In 2003, when Sonnenschein decided to open a charter school, the partners called on Davis to help out because of her commitment to education and previous volunteer activities. Davis, along with two other partners, established an advisory committee of educators and North Lawndale business and community leaders to provide direction. They hired a principal and scoped out locations. They created a permanent board of directors and drafted volunteers so that on August 1, the Legacy Charter School opened its doors with 102 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. Eventually, Davis said the school expects to expand so students can attend through eighth grade. “We call them Legacy Scholars, because they’re more than just students,” she said. “When they’ve graduated from Legacy, we want them to be able to move onto any high achieving high school they want to attend, and then go to college. That’s our mission.”


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Alumni H I G H L I G H T S Taking the Road Less Traveled Davis said the North Lawndale neighborhood was selected in part because it’s the kind of neighborhood that can significantly benefit from the presence of an outstanding school. “There’s a lack of opportunity in North Lawndale, a lack of jobs, a lack of quality education,” she said. “Since a good education is vitally important to break the cycle of poverty, the children growing up there need a school like Legacy Charter to provide those opportunities.” Davis continues to serve on the board of directors today, but her work goes beyond that. She also serves as a community liaison for the school. She works with the parent council and other community organizations to strengthen Legacy’s presence in the community. She helps coordinate the after-school program and drafts volunteers from the Sonnenschein office to work with students two days a week. On top of that, she works with students on her own as a tutor and mentor and helps teach a seventh grade civics class in the public school that Legacy shares a building with. “The work I do with students is more rewarding and fun many of my other activities,” she said.


For Sarah Bakhiet, life is good as


a political science teacher in California. Warm weather. Great school. Inspiring students. Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. “The last couple of years have been like Christmas every day for a political science teacher,” said Bakhiet, who teaches at the La Jolla Country Day School near San Diego. “The Gray Davis recall, the debates that turned into a fivering circus, Schwarzenegger’s election and

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Sarah Bakhiet (’90) poses with Brian Lamb of C-SPAN during her time in DC last summer.

administration, and then you add the presidential election last year. It’s a great time to be teaching law and politics.” And Bakhiet teaches law and politics well. She was recently recognized for her excellence and innovation with a 2005 C-SPAN Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship. She and three other fellows visited the C-SPAN offices in Washington, D.C. to work with the network’s Education Relations department in creating content and choosing video clips for the C-SPAN classroom web site for the 2005-06 school year. She also sat in on a Senate sub-committee hearing, rubbed elbows with politicians and media personalities, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and author David McCullough, and was interviewed by Brian Lamb. She kept a blog of her visit, which can be found at communities/weblogs/missb/. For Bakhiet, teaching high school kids was about the furthest thing from her mind when she received her Iowa law degree in 1990. But she also wasn’t sure about being a lawyer. Even as she walked across the Hancher stage with diploma in hand, she knew traditional law practice was not for her. “I made it through law school with as much dignity I could muster but knew it was probably not going to be my career,” she said. “It turned out I was interested in law as a subject matter, but not as a profession.” She gave the law one shot, spending a few months working in what she refers to as her “duty calls” attempt to justify the time and money spent in law school. She soon started looking for other career possibilities and just for kicks, helped to


teach a class at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., her high school alma mater. That day, her new career was suddenly revealed to her. “I walked into the classroom and knew this was it,” she said. “It was instantaneous. I knew, I just realized at a very basic level at that moment that’s where I should be and this is what I should be doing.” She spent six years as teacher and dean in Massachusetts before moving to La Jolla in 1999 (“my African roots re-asserted themselves and I had to get out of the cold weather,” laughs Bakhiet, who grew up in Sudan and Libya). Bakhiet said she would not be nearly the teacher she is without her UI law training, saying her classroom presentation skills were honed in litigation classes, and her ability to answer questions from her students sharpened by the intense questioning of UI law professors. Bakhiet’s trek from Sudan to Iowa began when her family was forced to Libya because of political oppression in her homeland (one of her uncles was executed by the government). There she attended an American school, and one of her teachers—an Iowa native— encouraged her to consider studying in the United States. Her family immigrated to the

U.S. when she was 15, where she attended the Berkshire School and Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations. By then her sister was attending graduate school at UI, and when Bakhiet remembered the encouragement of her teacher in Libya, she came to the Midwest. The UI law school quickly paid a dividend by providing her with a new role model in N. William Hines, whom she vividly remembers carrying a stuffed fox into the first day of class in Property Law. “He was a great ally, a wonderful professor and one of the best administrators I’ve ever known,” said Bakhiet. “I was very impressed that the dean of the law school would teach a class, and a bunch of first-year students, no less.” She said she felt no pressure from anyone but herself to pursue a career in the law, and encourages law students to go where the muse takes them. “Law is a fantastic preparation for anything you want to do with your life,” she said. “I tell law students, do not be limited by the path of the traditional lawyer. I don’t know of any other degree that is as versatile for any profession, whether it’s teaching or business or whatever you want to pursue.”



Now Todd Schoon didn’t know what to do. He figured he’d pursue a career in the law, because that’s why he was going to law school, wasn’t it? But then a clerkship at the Chicago district office of the Federal Reserve Board after his second year made him start to wonder.

“I discovered I like to work with numbers more than I like to work with words,” said Schoon, and as a result his third year at law school became something of a crisis of character as he studied the law but was no longer sure he wanted to

work in the law. “All my classmates were getting law jobs, even those that felt like I did and weren’t sure anymore that this was the career they wanted to pursue. I wondered what I should do.” Then a conversation with Dean William Hines helped clear things up. “I asked him if I would be seen as a failure if I spent three years in law school and then didn’t practice law, and he told me that law is really teaching you how to think and reason and communicate so there’s nothing wrong if you want to pursue another career,” Schoon said. “So I figured I can always practice law in the future, but I had to pursue my interest in finance, first. That’s really what I was passionate about so I had to see where it went.” His conscience freed, he went to work in the Chicago office of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network after graduating. Eighteen years later, Schoon is now a managing partner and oversees the company’s operations in the New York City area. Working from Manhattan, he manages a staff of about 170 sales, support and administrative employees working around the Tri-State area with some of the company’s highest-profile clients. And while he hasn’t practiced law for one second since graduating, he said his Iowa legal training is responsible for getting him where he is. “My degree helped immensely in getting this appointment because it’s what set me apart from other candidates whose training was mostly in business,” said Schoon, who also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration as a UI undergraduate. “This is a high profile, sophisticated office for the Northwestern, so to have that training gave me an edge.” He said his work in finance requires legal knowledge of topics like estates, trusts, contracts and banking, all of which he studied as a law student. On top of that, the reasoning, thinking and, especially, communication skills improve everything else he does.


“The Iowa law school taught me how to take volumes of material and bring it into a workable form,” Schoon said. “Just knowing how to write is invaluable. Learning that skill alone was worth the degree.” And to keep his connection to the legal community, Schoon passed the Illinois bar after graduation and continues as an active member. Schoon said it took awhile for him to overcome the mental hurdle of not pursuing a law career, of not feeling defensive when friends and family asked why he wasn’t going into law after spending all that time and money to earn the degree. He said other law students who don’t hear the call to become attorneys shouldn’t feel the same. “Just because you go to law school doesn’t mean you have to be an attorney,” he said. “A law degree is incredibly flexible and allows you to succeed at whatever you’re passionate about.”

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J I M R O B B I N S ( ’ 72)


Jim Robbins is now working on career number 5. Or maybe it’s 6, depending on how you look at it. There was the job out of law school, as a trial attorney for Boston Legal Aid (#1), but the chaotically managed court system, with its delays and inefficiencies and wasted time, frustrated him. He was an organizational psychology major as an undergraduate at Iowa and so has a penchant toward organizing things that are not, a trait that brought him to the attention of the chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court who shared his irritation. When the chief justice decided to hire someone to pull the kinks out, Robbins got the job (#2). For the next four years, he streamlined the court’s management and business processes and established procedures to reduce the kinds of delays

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and inefficiencies that frustrated him so much as an attorney. His next challenge after Massachusetts was a one-year fellowship with the U.S. Supreme Court (#3) which he spent writing a white paper that made numerous proposals for streamlining the Court’s personnel and business management. The plan included the introduction of computers to a Court that still clacked away on manual typewriters, even though this was the 1980s and the rest of the world had moved onto PCs. Chief Justice Warren Burger was so impressed with the plan he kept Robbins on board as business manager once the fellowship ended (#4) to put his white paper plan in place and soon he had the Court fully wired. The system, in fact, remains in use today and still prints the Court’s opinions. By now Robbins had made the selfdiscovery that he derived more fulfillment from organizational management and computer systems than he did from the law and decided another career shift was warranted. So in 1985 he moved to Digital Equipment as the company’s Northern California Engineering business manager (#5), establishing an engineering park and creating 25 engineering groups to work in it. But Digital started downsizing in the early 90’s and Robbins learned he liked creating businesses much more than closing them. So, in 1993 he left Digital and started his own company, Business Cluster Development, a consulting company that creates business incubators designed to bring technological innovations to market, a company he still heads today (#6).

“I never really made an intentional break from working in the law,” he said, looking back at the slalom-like course of his career. “I just sort of shifted away from it.” And he points to his law degree as a big part of his ability to make all those successful career transitions. “A law degree prepares you just as well for careers other than law,” he said. “In some ways, it prepares you even better for careers other than law. It taught me how to think on my feet and analyze problems. Most of all, it gave me confidence. I felt comfortable making all those career shifts because I knew I could do it successfully.” Comfortable enough that when he read a story about business incubators in an airline in-flight magazine, he felt it was a field that not only held business potential but was one where he could succeed as a pioneer. Modifying the idea to incorporate his background in organizational planning and technology start-ups, he started BCD. Headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, BCD advises organizations, corporations, universities, and communities on incubator strategy and development, as well as technology commercialization and innovation programs. The company also provides assistance with industry sector analysis and planning, technology transfer and commercialization, and with numerous aspects of entrepreneurship and new business formation. Robbins has helped to develop 30 clusters across the country for such clients as Panasonic, Nokia, the California Energy Commission, Anne Arundel Economic Development Commission in Maryland, and San Jose State University. BCD advised the World Bank on a $10 Million project in Nigeria to develop incubation strategies for four different sectors. Robbins is also director of the Environmental Business Cluster, with offices in San Jose, CA and China. The EBC was the first environmental incubator in the U.S. when it was formed in 1994 and specializes in technology commercialization of clean and renewable energy technology.


( ’ 83)

Tom Lacina is a restless sort. Lots of


interests, lots of goals. His undergraduate degree is in music, and he has advanced degrees in law and urban

and regional planning from the University of Iowa. He’s fascinated with art and theater, supports environmental causes and he continues to work the family farm he grew up on near Grinnell.

He’s also vice president of sales and marketing for Pulmuone Wildwood—the North American operations of Pulmuone, a South Korean company that is the world’s largest tofu producer. The company markets several lines of plain and flavored tofu, soymilk, soy yogurts, smoothies and other organic soy-based products under the brands Wildwood, Soga and Pulmuone. And it all started mostly as a lark. Lacina was happily practicing law full-time as an attorney for a small firm in Grinnell and working his family’s 320-acre farm, the third generation to work that piece of land. Looking for a side business he could operate with his family, his interest in agriculture, planning and human behavior came together in the form of organic soy products. “Soy is a great protein source,” he said, pointing out that a single acre of soybeans in one year can provide 10 year’s worth of protein for one person. “I also knew that there was an increasing interest from more

people in living healthy lifestyles, and I was interested in studying the social trends of changes in agriculture over the past few decades. So I started this as an experiment, and the experiment kind of got out of hand.” Lacina started his first business, Midwest Harvest, in 1998 to develop and market organic soy products. Since the soy business held only a minute portion of the food market at the time, most of his competitors were small and Lacina could run the company while continuing to practice law. But all that changed in 1999, when the federal government issued a report touting the heart healthy aspects of soy. Interest in soy products grew and the market exploded. “Now all of a sudden, companies like Dean Foods were introducing their own products into the market and I knew my business had to grow if it was going to compete against companies like that,” said Lacina. That led first to a merger with Wildwood Natural Foods, a California soyfood company, in 2001, and then Pulmuone in 2004. It also meant the end of his law career. Although he still has of counsel status at his firm, he hasn’t practiced since 2001. “I just didn’t have the time anymore to do both,” he said. “I would have been perfectly content practicing small town law, farming and running a small business. But I knew if the company was going to survive I couldn’t do it part-time.” Today, Pulmuone Wildwood is a major player in the organic soy products business with $25 million in annual sales and 200 employees at four facilities in Iowa,


California and New York. It exports to Canada and Europe and soon hopes to begin selling its products in Japan. But simply creating a large business has never been Lacina’s goal. He’s still interested in music, theater and art, and as an organic farmer, he’s still a steward of the land. Fortunately, he said, he’s still able to pursue those interests and make fulfilling contributions to society even in his new position, which finds him frequently jetting from Grinnell to Los Angeles. One very large example is The Art Factory, a combination studio, exhibit and performance space located on the Lacina farm, in what was Midwest Harvest’s first soy processing facility. Today it’s filled with kilns and wheels for pottery, looms for weaving classes and easels for painting and is used frequented by Grinnell-area arts organizations and art students and faculty from Grinnell College. “Making money is just one small dimension of life,” he said. “At some point, it becomes more important to look at family and what you leave behind.”

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Brian Hook (’99) and Dean Jones at the White House during the Dean’s visit to DC. Christopher Douglass (’01), Tiffany Ferguson (’96), John Roberts (’93), and Jeff McGinness (’01) pause for a photo during the Chicago alumni event.

Fall 2005 Outreach Events Dean Carolyn Jones continued to travel throughout the country during the fall semester, visiting with groups of alumni at outreach events. Receptions were held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and Tampa. Many alumni gathered together for these events to network with their fellow Iowa law graduates, receive updates from Dean Jones on activities at the College of Law, and learn about new developments and plans for the future at the law school. Dean Jones thanked alumni for their support of and involvement with the College of Law and encouraged them to contact the law school if they would like to become more involved in alumni programs such as the “Partners in Placement” initiative to help Iowa law students pursue their career plans (for more information see page 54). The following alumni and their law firms helped enable the College of Law to hold these events by sponsoring the receptions:

TAMPA Joel Laufer (’76), Brad Houser (’87), Marsha Hamer, and Mark Hamer (’72) pose for a photo at the Outback Bowl Reception in Tampa, Florida in January 2006.

John Roberts (’93), Chicago – Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon Margaret Tobey (’80), Washington, D.C. – Morrison & Foerster

McCeil King (’99), Jock Johnson, and Dean Jones.

Crystal Kennedy (’87), St. Louis – Thompson Coburn Additional alumni events will be held in other locations in Iowa and the United States in the coming months to build strong connections with the College of Law and with their fellow alumni.

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Crystal Kennedy (’87), Paul Sonderegger (’01), Arindam Kar (’01), and Michelle Gravel (’00) at the St. Louis reception.

Peter Wilch, Director of Development, and Norm Rosenbaum (’77) at the St. Louis reception.


Amanda Hamilton (’05) and Evan Williams (’04).

Lisa Prichard (’01), Matt Dendinger (’03), and Joel Foreman (’03).

David Brummond (’75), Erik Winborn (’76), and Terry Wear (’75).

Dean Jones, J. Mills Williams (’69), Margeret Tobey (’80), and Matt Dendinger (‘03).

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Alumni H I G H L I G H T S

Members of the Classes of ’46, ’56, ’61, ’66, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’96, and ’91 . . . Join Us For Special Class Reunions!

CLASS OF 2000 REUNION ATTENDEES: Matthew Giannetti, Laura Langenwalter, Brett Schilling, and Charles Kierscht pose with Professor Emeritus Charles Davidson and Professor Pat Bauer.

2005 Homecoming and Fall Reunions


MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE OF LAW CLASSES OF 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995, AND 2000 , as well as numerous other

Iowa law alumni returned to campus during Homecoming Weekend, September 30 – October 1. Homecoming activities provided an opportunity to renew acquaintances with classmates and other Iowa law alumni and reconnect with the College of Law. Alumni began returning to campus on Friday, September 30 to visit the Boyd Law Building and attend the law school’s continuing legal education program on Professional Responsibility. Activities continued the following day, with morning continuing legal education Pat Bauer and Daniel Bernstein programs on Litigation Skills and Law and Professor (’95) take a break from their conversation for Accounting. Several hundred alumni and a photo during the Homecoming weekend. friends enjoyed the festive pre-game cookout in the Boyd Law Building courtyard prior to the Homecoming game. Returning alumni then enjoyed watching a rousing Hawkeye victory over Illinois. The classes holding reunions enjoyed gathering together for a special reception and dinner on Saturday evening. Members of the reunion classes shared stories about their lives since graduating from Iowa and reminisced about their fond law school memories.

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Law alumni from nine classes are encouraged to make plans to return to campus this year for special class reunion gatherings. Spring Reunion Weekend will be held June 9-11, 2006. The law classes of 1946, 1956, 1961, and 1966 will be honored guests for the reunion events in June. Homecoming Weekend will be held October 6-7, 2006. In addition to the traditional pre-game cookout in the Boyd Law Building courtyard and Iowa’s battle with the Purdue Boilermakers, the law classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1996, and 2001 will celebrate special reunions. All alumni are encouraged to return to campus for Homecoming activities. Notices and registration information will be sent to alumni in classes holding reunions in the months preceding their particular reunion weekends. Members of reunion classes should mark your calendars and plan to join with your classmates in Iowa City for these special gatherings. If you would like to serve on a Class Reunion Committee for your class or have any questions about the reunions, please contact Mark Wunder, Asst. Dean for External Relations at the College of Law, at 319-335-9232 or by e-mail at Reunions are a special way to stay connected with the College of Law and the people who shared in your legal education at Iowa, and service on a Reunion Committee is a wonderful way to participate in the reunion preparations and renew acquaintances with classmates in advance of the reunion!

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2005

CLASS OF 1975 The class of 1975 and their guests pose for a group photo during the alumni reunion weekend: in the back row are Professor Emeritus Davidson, Dell Richard, Steven Moore, James Lentz, Curtis Ward, Craig Willis, and Gary Streit; in the front row are Mary Richard (’04), Janice Moore, Christine Lentz, Marcia Ward, and Nancy Willis (’80).

CLASS OF 1980 Class of 1980 graduates and their guests assemble for a photo. Back row: Professor Emeritus Davidson, Ken Jacobs, John Scieszinski, Jack Paige, Richard Hansen, Craig Willis (’75), James Bruhn, and Professor Pat Bauer. Front: Elizabeth Jacobs, Annette Scieszinski, Jill Hansen, Nancy Willis and Debbie Bruhn.

CLASS OF 1985 Professor Emeritus Davidson and Professor Bauer pose with alumni from the class of 1985: Rustin Davenport, Tom Sitz, Neva Rettig Baker (’87), Thomas Baker, and Leanne De Vos.

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Alumni N O T E S 1950s 1952 JUDGE JOSEPH KEEFE ,

Partners in Placement Seeks Alumni Volunteers THE COLLEGE OF LAW INITIATED THE PARTNERS IN PLACEMENT PROGRAM DURING FALL 2005 to develop a network of alumni volunteers to help students pursue various career opportunities. This program enables interested in alumni to assist the law school and our students. The goal of this program is to provide students with resources to help them gain an edge in today’s competitive job market. Partners in Placement will continue the annual Partner for a Day program and provide additional opportunities for alumni to share their experiences with students. From helping students build professional networks to promoting Iowa students to your employer, your help would be greatly appreciated. Alumni commitment to this college is one of the primary reasons we rank among the nation’s finest law schools. We hope that you will show your continued commitment by becoming a volunteer in this program. To become a volunteer, please complete and return the enclosed volunteer card. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact Karen Klouda (, Director of Career Services, or Mark Wunder (, Assistant Dean for External Relations at (319) 335-9034. We greatly appreciate your support of the College and thank you in advance for your consideration.

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Decorah, has retired from his position as a Iowa state district court judge where he served for more than 39 years. He is a past president of the Iowa Judges Association and received the Award of Merit from the association in 1989. 1956 DAVID HAMMER , Dubuque, has

published his 23rd book, Heaven will Protect the Working Girl – a third book of humorous stories. 1958 WILLIAM F. SUEPPEL ,

Iowa City, was honored with the Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award. This award was presented at the 2005 International Municipal Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Savannah, Georgia. The award is the highest award by IMLA and is bestowed only occasionally upon individuals who have exhibited outstanding service and uncommon leadership in the field of municipal law. He is presently Of Counsel at Meardon, Sueppel & Downer PLC in Iowa City. 1959 BYRON J. BECK , Lenexa, Kansas,

received the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Robert C. Welch Volunteer Project Award. The award is presented annually and recognizes two attorneys and one law firm in the Kansas City area who, through their participation in the Volunteer Attorney Project, have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the delivery of legal services to the community’s poor.

1959 MIKE G. PATRAMANIS , Moline,

Illinois, has retired from his position as Chief of the Litigation and Special Operations Law Division of the U.S. Army Field Support Command at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois.

1960s 1960 JOHN BOUMA , Phoenix,

Arizona, was inducted into the 2005 Arizona Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Arizona. He is chairman of Snell & Wilmer LLP and was one of four business leaders honored. He was recognized for his significant contributions in the business sector and the communityat-large. Community involvement has been a large part of his philosophy. He has served as president of the Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Art Museum and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Art Museum. He has served as Chair of the Phoenix Human Relations Commission, on the City of Phoenix LEAP Commission and on the Board of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and serves on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way. He concentrates his law practice in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, commercial and business torts, representing financial institutions, professional malpractice defense and alternative dispute resolution. He has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® (editions 1983 – 2006) and as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from University of Iowa (2003).

RAY BEEBE (’67) (far left) participates in the Closing Bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on September 9, 2005. Pictured with him from left to right are: John V. Hanson, Board Member; Robert Britz, NYSE President and Co-Chief Operating Officer; Bruce Hertzke, Chairman and CEO; Ed Barker, President and CFO; and Sheila Davis, Public Relations and Investor Relations Manager.

1963 BOB DOWNER , Iowa City, was

inducted into the Iowa Legal Aid Hall of Fame in March 2005 at the “Equal Justice After Hours” event in Des Moines. 1963 CHUCK MCMANIGAL , Ventura

Heights, recently retired after practicing for more than 41 years in the firm of Heiny, McManigal, Duffy, Stambaugh & Anderson, PLC in Mason City. The following of his 1963 classmates celebrated this event in October 2005: Ike Ackerman, Waverly; Bob Downer, Iowa City; Les Johnson, Greene; Carl Letts, Eldora; Tom Price, Fort Dodge; Russ Schrage, Des Moines; and Dick Wenga, Mason City. 1966 JUDGE JOHN COUGHENOUR ,

Freeland, Washington, presided over the case of Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian man who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for driving a car full of explosives into Washington state. He is a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of Washington. 1967 RAYMOND BEEBE , Forest City,

was one of the Winnebago Industries representatives who took part in the Closing Bell ceremony to officially close trading on the New York Stock Exchange floor on September 9, 2005. The event was in honor of Winnebago Industries, Inc. celebrating 35 years of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. He is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Winnebago Industries, Inc. 1967 RICHARD HANSON , Fairfax,

Virginia, has joined Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP in Washington D.C. as a partner. He focuses his practice in areas of government contracts, construction and procurement policy. Prior to joining Preston Gates, he recently retired from the United States Air Force where he

served as Deputy Chief Trial Attorney at the Air Force Material Command Law Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for more than twenty years. In addition to his role as Deputy Chief Trial Attorney, he represented the Air Force and other government clients, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Defense Commissary Agency, in cases involving contract and procurement disputes. 1968 EDWARD JOHNSON ,

Des Moines, has been elected to serve as Treasurer of the Polk County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 term. He is a shareholder of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, PC in Des Moines.

Mary Locher and John Locher (’62) at the Outback Bowl Reception in Tampa in January 2006.

1970s 1972 DANIEL L. BRAY , Iowa City,

co-authored Children With Two Homes with John N. Hartson Ph.D. and Brenda J. Payne, Ph.D. The American Bar Association published this book at the end of 2005. It researches the existing literature on children’s development and needs as would be affected by parenting care schedules between two households. It is available through the American Bar Association Family Law Section website at

Joe Williams (’63) poses with his son, Charlie Williams (’08), and Professor Sandy Boyd.

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Alumni N O T E S 1977 LES REDDICK , Dubuque, has

1974 KAY HALLORAN , Cedar Rapids,

was elected mayor of Cedar Rapids. She is the second female mayor of Cedar Rapids and will lead Cedar Rapids in a new form of government, which replaces the almost century old system of five full-time commissioner/ council members with a part-time nine member council and a full-time appointed city manager. 1975 JERRY CRAWFORD , Des Moines,

has been honored by the Iowa Supreme Court with a certificate for exceptional service to the State Judicial Branch. He practices with the Crawford-Hartung Law Firm in Des Moines. 1975 WILLARD W. OLESON ,

Greenfield, serves as chairperson of the Board of Governors, Henry A. Wallace Birthplace Foundation, which maintains the site of the Vice President Wallace’s birthplace farmstead in Adair County and conducts an active program to honor the legacy of Wallace who is deemed the Most Influential Iowan of the 20th Century.

been named to the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. 1979 MARK BROWNLEE , Fort Dodge,

has been elected president-elect of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association for the 2005-2006 term. CARROLL REASONER (’76) accepts the 2005 Award of Merit from the Iowa State Bar Association. She is pictured (right) with Mary Lynn Neuhaus, last year’s recipient.

1976 CARROLL REASONER , Cedar Rapids, received the 2005 Award of Merit from the Iowa State Bar Association. This award is the bar association’s highest honor. She was recognized for her 25 years of service to the bar, which includes presidencies of both the Young Lawyer’s and the Iowa State Bar Association. She is a partner of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in Cedar Rapids where she focuses her practice in the area of business law. Photo courtesy of The Iowa Lawyer, August 2005

1976 TIMOTHY SWEET , Reinbeck,

was one of the recipients of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Awards.

is serving as President-Elect of the Iowa State Bar Association for the 20052006 year. 1977 SCOTT HARTSOOK , Des Moines,

is the managing attorney for the Iowa Returning Veterans Legal Assistance Project, the Legal Hotline for Older Iowans, and the Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project. He practices at Iowa Legal Aid. 1977 MARTHA LEVARDSEN , Kiev,

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lis, Minnesota, has joined Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis as an officer in the corporate, securities, mergers & acquisitions and international practice groups. Prior to that, he had been a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Des Moines. He continues to practice in the areas of domestic and international business transactions. 1979 MICHAEL D. MOBERLY , Chandler, Arizona, has been elected a fellow of the national College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is a shareholder with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, Arizona. 1979 JAMES N. PHILLIPS , Whitefish

1977 MARION L. BEATTY , Decorah,

Dean Jones poses with Joel Laufer (’76) and Craig Wagner (’76) at the Outback Bowl Reception in Tampa, Florida in January 2006.

1979 STEVEN DICKINSON , Minneapo-

Ukraine, is the Resident Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Kiev.

Bay, Wisconsin, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2006. He is head of the Tax Planning Practice Group and a member of the International Law Practice Group in Godfrey & Kahn’s Milwaukee office.

1980s Baxter, published “Lawyers are obligated to be fit, too!” in the June 2005 issue of the The Iowa Lawyer. She retired as a corporate attorney in 2000 and now provides limited legal services for the Domestic Violence Alternatives-Sexual Assault Center in Jasper County. She also is an adjunct professor of sociology at DMACC-Newton and of social work at Buena Vista University – Newton.



Des Moines, received the Arabella Mansfield Award from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. This award is given annually to honor a woman lawyer who has promted and nurtured women in the legal profession. She practices with Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, PC in Des Moines. 1980 MICHAEL W. THRALL ,

Des Moines, has been elected president of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association for the 2005-2006 term. 1981 RUTH COOPERRIDER ,

Urbandale, has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Polk County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 term. She is the deputy ombudsman and legal counsel for the Office of Citizen’s Aide for the State of Iowa. Recently, she was elected president of the United States Ombudsman Association. 1981 VICKI SEECK , Bettendorf, has

joined the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation as a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

MARTI NERENSTONE (’82) accepts the Rolland Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award at the Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting. She is pictured with Mary Grefe and President-elect Marion Beatty (’77). 


Council Bluffs, received the 2005 Rolland E. Grefe Award for public service from President-elect Marion Beatty. This award recognizes her work over the years with legal services offices both in Alaska and more recently in Iowa. Since 2003, she has had a solo practice in Council Bluffs where she takes a great number of court appointments, both in criminal defense and juvenile matters. Photo courtesy of The Iowa Lawyer, August 2005.

1982 DENNIS J. SHIELDS , Scottsdale,

Arizona, is Dean of the Phoenix International School of Law in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that he was Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.


Des Moines, has been elected to serve as President Elect of the Polk County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 term. He is a member of Turner Law Offices in Des Moines.

1983 PAUL MCANDREW , Iowa City,

was named President of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee in June 2005; he will serve one year. 1984 PHIL HERSHNER , Cedar Rapids,

is Linn County Bar Association President for the 2005-2006 term.


City, Missouri, is a partner at Lathrop & Gage. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Dennis Shields (’82), dean of Phoenix International School of Law, and former Iowa law professor and current dean of New York Law School, Rick Matasar, at the AALS event in Washington DC in January 2006.

1986 JEFFREY FICK , Peoria, Illinois,

has been hired to serve as vice president of human resources for RLI Corp. in Peoria, Illinios. Prior to that, he served as vice president, human resources and community relations at HNI Corporation, the Muscatine based office furniture manufacturer. 1986 DAVE JACOBSON , São Paulo,

Brazil, has accepted a position with John Deere Credit in Johnston, Iowa. His work will focus on international finance. He had worked with Cargill, Incorporated and Bank of America in São Paulo. 1987 JAMES CLAYPOOL ,

Williamsburg, was one of the recipients of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Awards. 1988 SHELLY G. DEDMON ,

Chesterland, Ohio, was selected by her peers for her work in banking law for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2006 ®. She was one of 26 attorneys at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, where she is a partner, selected for this honor. At Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, she primarily practices information technology and commercial law in its Cleveland office. 1988 REW GOODENOW , Reno, Nevada,

1985 JEFFREY D. LESTER , Moline,

Illinois, was recently appointed Deputy City Administrator/Law Director for the City of Moline, Illinois.

was recently elected President Elect of the State Bar of Nevada. He serves as president of the Rotary Club of Reno, editor-in-chief of Business Law Today, and on the editorial board of the ABA Journal.

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Alumni N O T E S 1988 SAMUEL THUMMA ,

Phoenix, Arizona, has been appointed as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss project. He is a partner in the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie Brown & Bain where he concentrates his practice on commercial litigation defense, with a current emphasis on professional liability, general tort and contract litigation, and client counseling.

1990s 1990 CYNTHIA NANCE , Fayetteville,

Arkansas, has been promoted to full professor at the University of ArkansasFayetteville. She is the first African American woman to come in as an assistant professor and be promoted to full professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. 1990 JOSEPH PICKART , Wauwatosa,

Wisconsin, has joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in its tax practice. His practice focuses on state and local tax matters, including property tax, sales and use tax, franchise and income tax and transfer fee dispute resolution and tax planning. He sits on the Board of the United Performing Arts Fund and is a member of the Milwaukee Rotary. 1991 PAUL J. DOMBROWSKI , Oregon,

Wisconsin, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2006. He is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group in the Madison office of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn.

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Moines, has joined Belin Lamson McCormick Zumbach Flynn, PC as an associate. 1992 MATT MYREN , Barrington,

Illinois, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). He is vice president and deputy general counsel of merchandising, marketing and intellectual property at Sears Holdings Corporation. 1993 DAVID KOURY , Evanston, Illinois,

has joined Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP in Chicago as a partner. Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP concentrates its practice on sophisticated insurance and reinsurance matters and complex commercial disputes for domestic and international clients. 1993 MARCIA MCCORMICK , Birming-

ham, Alabama, has joined the faculty of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to that, she taught for four years at Chicago-Kent Law School. She teaches Criminal Law and Federal Courts.

1994 ALEC C. SHEROD , Minneapolis,

Minnesota, has joined Briggs & Morgan’s Minneapolis office as an associate in the business law section. Prior to joining Briggs, Sherod practiced with a firm in Aspen, Colorado. He has also practiced with firms in New York and Denver. 1995 MARK O. LAMBERT , Polk City,

has been named an Administrative Law Judge for the state of Iowa, Department of Inspections and Appeals. Prior to that, he was a Commissioner on the Iowa Utilities Board, a position he held since being appointed by Governor Vilsack in 2001. 1995 JILL O’DONOVAN , Chicago,

Illinois, has joined Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP in Chicago as a partner. Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP concentrates its practice on sophisticated insurance and reinsurance matters and complex commercial disputes for domestic and international clients.

1993 NEIL SARIN , Sandy, Utah, is an

Assistant Attorney General with the Utah Attorney General – Child & Family Support Division. 1994 TIMOTHY RAY , Chicago, received

the Presidential Award from the Cook County Bar Association at the organization’s 91st Annual Awards and Installation Banquet. The Presidential Award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Cook County Bar Association in the past year. He is a partner at Neal Gerber Eisenberg in Chicago.


Muscatine, has joined Riccolo & Semelroth, PC of Cedar Rapids as a shareholder. Prior to joining Riccolo & Semelroth, Henningsen was a shareholder at Stanley, Lande & Hunter PC where he worked in the litigation department on personal injury cases.

1996 J.C. MAX WILKINSON , Charles-

Outgoing Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President Joe Moreland (’94) passes the gavel to his successor Matt Preston (’96) at the Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting. Photo courtesy of The Iowa Lawyer, August 2005.

1996 HEIDI H. JEFFERY , Chicago,

Illinois, has been promoted to partner at Foley & Lardner in Chicago. She is a member of the Business Law Department and Finance Practice Group. She focuses her practice on municipal securities transactional and regulatory matters. She is experienced in general municipal, private activity bond, housing, student loan, health care and senior living finance.

ton, West Virginia, has accepted a position as Corporate Counsel of International Coal Group, Inc. in Ashland, Kentucky. Prior to accepting this position, he served for three years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five years as an associate at the law firm of Jackson Kelly, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. He served as Commander of B Company 1092d EN during its one year tour in Iraq, 2003-04. Currently, he is assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer of the 1092d EN Battalion, WVARNG. 1997 JAY KENYON , Las Vegas, Nevada,

has joined Henness & Haight as an associate. His practice will focus on personal injury claims and litigation, and insurance and bad faith litigation. Prior to joining Henness & Haight, his practice consisted primarily of insurance defense litigation, collections, and construction defect litigation.

Shanghai, China, has joined the corporate practice of Godfrey & Kahn as an associate and is working to establish a representative office for the firm in Shanghai. Her practice is focused on business law, secured lending and commercial transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Urbandale, has joined the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen in Des Moines. She previously practiced with Grefe & Sidney PLC. 1999 MIKE DUNNING , Olympia,

Washington, has returned to the Washington Attorney General’s office as Assistant Attorney General and Section Chief of the Ecology Division’s Waste Cleanup and Management Section, which is an attorney-manager position. Prior to that he was at the Washington Department of Health as Assistant Director for Policy and Legislation. 1999 SCOTT MARKS , Medicine Lake,

Minnesota, has been elected treasurer of the New Lawyers Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 bar year. He is an associate with Faegre & Benson.

1998 Y. JUSTIN CHEN , Beijing, China,

founded the biomedical startup, Starvax, Inc., in 2003. Prior to that, he practiced with Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP in San Jose, California. 1998 JAMES HUBERTY , Arlington



Heights, Illinois, has joined Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP in Chicago as a partner. Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP concentrates its practice on sophisticated insurance and reinsurance matters and complex commercial disputes for domestic and international clients. 1998 DEBORAH SVEC-CARSTENS ,

Ankeny, has accepted a position as Staff Attorney with the Iowa Court of Appeals in Des Moines. She was previously a Research Attorney for the Iowa Department of Human Services/ Child Support Recovery Unit in Des Moines.

1999 PAVEL POGODIN , San Mateo,

California, has joined the Mountain View, California office of Sughrue Mion, PLLC as a partner. Prior to joining Sughrue Mion, he was a patent attorney at Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Inc. 1999 M. SUZETTE RECINOS , Stamford,

Connecticut, has accepted an in-house position with Pitney Bowes. She will be doing international corporate work in Canada and Latin America. Prior to accepting this position, she practiced with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. 1999 FELICIA BERTÍN ROCHA ,

Des Moines, was featured on the cover of the July 2005 edition of The Iowa Lawyer. The July 2005 and the August 2005 editions of The Iowa Lawyer, published an article by her on the Iowa

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Alumni N O T E S Indian Child Welfare Act. She opened a general litigation and appellate practice, Felicia Bertín Rocha LLC, in Des Moines.

2000 NATHAN E. LEVIN , Nevada, has

joined the Parker Law Firm in Nevada as an associate. Prior to that he was an associate at Newbrough, Johnston, Brewer, Maddux & Howell in Ames.

1999 DANIEL RYAN , San Francisco,

California, has joined Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP in San Francisco as an associate. 1999 LORI SEMKE , St. Louis Park,

Minnesota, has been elected chair of the New Lawyers Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 bar year. She is an associate with Flynn Gaskins & Bennett where she practices in civil litigation, focusing primarily on product liability, commercial litigation, and insurance defense.


2000 MICAH SCHREURS , Sheldon,

has joined Wolf Wholrly De Hoogh & Schreurs of Sheldon as a partner. 2002 JEFFRY K. CLAYTON , Des

Moines, has taken a position at Holmes Murphy & Associates in West Des Moines as an Account Executive-Attorney. Prior to that he was an associate at Smith, Schneider, Stiles & Serangeli PC in Des Moines. 2002 MARTIN EMPT , LLM, Germany,

has joined the Hamburg office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as an associate. His practice focuses on corporate litigation. 2002 TIFFANY GOODEN , Fort Wayne,

2000 STEVEN DRAHOZAL , Dubuque,

who is a staff attorney with Iowa Legal Aid’s Northeast Iowa Regional Office in Dubuque, has been named managing attorney of the Northeast Iowa Regional Office. The Northeast Iowa Regional Office serves lowincome residents of eight counties in northeast Iowa. 2000 BRIAN EDDY , Independence,

has opened the Eddy Law Firm, PC in Independence. He also relocated his company, Q3 Innovations, to Independence. Q3 Innovations produces the Alcohawk™ line of breathalyzers. 2000 ALICIA GIECK , Davenport, has

joined Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher, PLC in Davenport as an associate. She focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, family law and criminal defense.

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Indiana, has been named a co-chair of the Sports and Entertainment Group at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. 2002 MELISSA HANCOCK , Blue Grass,

has become an associate at Pappas & Schnell PC in Rock Island. She practiced with the Kintzinger Law Firm in Dubuque prior to joining the firm. 2003 JAIME DIAZ , El Paso, Texas,

has joined Delgado, Acosta, Braden & Jones, PC as an associate. 2003 BRYNNE MCBRIDE , Schofield,

Wisconsin, received the State Bar of Wisconsin “Lawyers Making a Difference” award. The prize consists of a 30-second commercial on state and cable television that highlights the new legal clinic “Legal Grounds Wisconsin” that she opened with her sister, Erin McBride (’03).

Jack Wertzberger (‘84) and Joe Lotus (‘01) pose for a photo with Senator Ted Kennedy.

2003 ERIN MCBRIDE , Schofield,

Wisconsin, received the State Bar of Wisconsin “Lawyers Making a Difference” award. The prize consists of a 30-second commercial on state and cable television that highlights the new legal clinic “Legal Grounds Wisconsin” that she opened with her sister, Brynne McBride (’03). 2003 MICHAEL PAUL , Denver,

Colorado, has become an associate with Wood, Ris & Hames, PC in Denver. 2004 ANNE DANIELS , North Liberty,

has joined Meardon, Sueppel & Downer PLC of Iowa City as an associate. 2004 ERIN P. LYONS , Cedar Falls,

has joined Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, PLC of Waterloo as an associate. 2004 NATHAN SONDGEROTH , Des Mones, has become an associate at Hopkins & Huebner, PC in Des Moines. 2004 MARK D. THOMPSON , Iowa

City, has opened Thompson Law Office, a solo practice, in Iowa City. He focuses his practice in criminal law and personal injury. 2004 JENNIFER WILSON , Grafton,

Wisconsin, has joined Urban, Taylor & Lee SC in Milwaukee as an associate.

In Memoriam

2005 MATTHEW HEMPHILL , Adel, has

joined Hefner & Bergkamp, PC of Adel as an associate.

1933 CHARLES HOLLERAN , of Naples,

Florida, September 25, 2005. 1935 HERBERT F. BOX , of Ottumwa,


March 2004.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, has joined Fafinski, Mark and Johnson, P.A. in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

1939 LUCILLE SCHWILCK , of Baltimore,

Maryland, November 17, 2004. 1940 DONALD L. BEVING , of Spencer,


May 21, 2005. 1940 ROBERT C. PETERSEN , of

Iowa City, has joined Stanley, Lande & Hunter as an associate.

Muscatine, June 2, 2005. 1947 WALTER L. BLACKLEDGE , of

Alton, Illinois, June 9, 2005. 1947 CHARLES G. REHLING , of

Surprise, Arizona, August 29, 2005. 2005 ANGELA REIER ,

Davenport, has joined Stanley, Lande & Hunter as an associate. 2005 CAITLIN SLESSOR ,

Cedar Rapids, has been hired as a staff attorney in the Cedar Rapids regional office of Iowa Legal Aid. 2005 SARAH STILWILL , Mason City,

has joined the North Central Iowa regional office of Iowa Legal Aid as a staff attorney. 2005 WILLIAM N. TOOMEY , Dubuque,

has joined Fuerste, Carew, Coyle, Juergens & Sudmeier, PC in Dubuque.

1948 JOHN C. YAVORSKY , of Portland, Oregon, September 24, 2005. 1952 RICHARD D. HOLDEN , of

Green Valley, Arizona, August 24, 2005.

Class of ’71? I’m Class of ’70!

1952 THOMAS N. MCGILL , of Rock

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1953 LESTER T. PROCTOR, JR. , of

Valley, December 26, 2004.

Valparaiso, Indiana, July 22, 2005. 1955 FRANK A. SINNOCK , of Scotch

Plains, New Jersey, October 19, 2005. 1959 WILLIAM G. HART , of Waukon,

July 11, 2005. 1965 RUSSELL E. CRAWFORD , of Winter Park, Florida, August 23, 2005. 1968 PAUL E. PFEFFER , of Clinton,

June 4, 2005. 1975 MURRAY A. KLOBERDANZ , of

Osage, October 24, 2005.



Flagstaff, Arizona, June 9, 2005. 1978 WILLIAM T. MUSSER , Jr., of

Des Moines, October 16, 2005. 1989 JANETTE L. SEAMANS BRANHAM , of Wauchula, Florida,

July 26, 2005.

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R I C H A R D W. C A R E Y ( ‘ 5 5 )

The Desire to Give Back


A C H O F U S F O L L OW E D A D I F F E R E N T P AT H T O A R R I V E AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F I OWA C O L L E G E O F L AW — and pursued unique paths when we left. But Iowa Law School graduates share a common bond that has likely shaped our lives. Many of us even feel we owe our career satisfaction and success to this excellent learning environment—and therefore feel a desire to give back.


FOR MORE INFORMATION about including the Iowa Law School in your estate plans, please contact: Peter Wilch Director of Development College of Law The Iowa Law School Foundation P.O. Box 4550 Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 (800) 648-6973 (319) 335-3305 MAKE A GIFT ONLINE AT:

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When I finished my undergraduate degree at Westmar University in my hometown of LeMars, Iowa, in 1952, I fully intended to settle in my hometown as a coach and a teacher. But after serving for a year in the Korean War, I returned to find I was entitled to the Korean Bill, which would pay to further my education. I entered the Iowa Law School with a plan to join the FBI. As fate would have it, I fell in love (with an Iowa State alumna, no less!), we married and had the first of our four children, and my future with the Feds went by the wayside. This was all for the best, since Ruth and I will celebrate our 54th anniversary this year. I credit the Iowa Law School—an estate planning class with Professor John O’Byrne, to be exact—with helping me to find my true path. Professor O’Byrne introduced the then-groundbreaking concept that financial planning— planning for our lives—was every bit as important as planning our estates. My years in the Iowa Law School provided me with the qualifications—and inspiration—I needed to pursue a career in trust banking. It was a fellow grad a few years my senior who helped me get a foot in the door at Norwest Bank of Des Moines when I graduated in 1955. Thirty-four years later, I retired as senior vice president and head of the trust division at Norwest (now Wells Fargo Bank)—at the time, the largest trust

department at any bank in the state. I can never fully repay the Iowa Law School for launching me on a career that has been so rewarding—but I can certainly try. Last year the Class of 1955 gathered for our 50th reunion, which was well attended. I was also celebrating 50 years of serving as Class Agent, a “job” I have relished. It has been easy for me to encourage others to give back, as I feel so strongly about the education that was available to us then—and, I am thankful, remains available to today’s students. For me, it is important to support students who, just as I once did, need it at a critical time in their lives. Besides making annual gifts to the college, we have created a unitrust, a deferred gift that will continue to benefit me and my wife while living, and provide scholarship support for deserving students in the Iowa Law School after both of us are gone. Whatever your own life path has been, if you feel your Iowa education has helped (or is still helping) to make it possible, I encourage you to consider the impact that you could have by making a gift today—or planning one for the future— to support scholarships, faculty support, or another key aspect of the college. Your thoughtful generosity could make all the difference for a young student beginning his or her own life path in the Iowa Law School.

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