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Annual Conference of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association to be held September 18

On September 18, 2015, the University of Iowa College of Law will be hosting the annual conference of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  The conference will be a full-day event, with a varied schedule of speakers addressing basic and advanced topics in immigration law.  The keynote address will be given by Ira Kurzban, an internationally renowned immigration law practitioner and the author of the Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook.  Seven CLE credits (including one ethics credit) will be awarded in Iowa and Nebraska for attendance at the conference.  Breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference reception are included in the registration fee.  Registration for the conference is available online at:  https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1746189.  

 

Career Services

Introducing Iowa Law's Career Services Team

The Career Services Office is thrilled to welcome Akua Akyea as Assistant Dean of Career Services and Melissa Carrington and Elizabeth Watkins Price as Assistant Directors of Career Services. 

Akua Akyea is a member of Iowa Law’s Class of 1997.  Since graduating from Iowa Law, she has worked in Career Services as the Director of International and Summer Programs at the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School and most recently as the Director of Public Interest at Yale Law School.

Melissa Carrington is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. She clerked for Judge Mark W. Bennett in the Northern District of Iowa and Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal in the Central District of Illinois.  She then worked in the Chicago office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a labor and employment firm.  Melissa’s focus will be private sector and clerkship advising.  

Elizabeth Watkins Price comes to Iowa City from Ithaca, New York, where she worked as a Staff Attorney for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.  Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before beginning her legal career, Elizabeth worked as an inner-city school teacher, first with Teach for America in Washington, D.C., and then with the Durham City Schools in North Carolina.  Elizabeth's focus will be public interest advising.

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Iowa Law Review Centennial Celebration: Keynote Interview with Judge Srinivasan

As part of the Iowa Law Review's Centennial Celebration, Professor Todd Pettys interviewed the Honorable Sri Srinivasan of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit on April 17, 2015.

The complete interview is available at: https://youtu.be/vxGNT2t9g2s

Jeffrey Schoenblum to present 2015 Tamisiea Lecture Sept. 3

What: Iowa Law’s 2015 Tamisiea Lecture, “What is a trust?” presented by Professor Jeffrey Schoenblum, Centennial Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School.

When: Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium

Where: Levitt Auditorium, BLB

Who: Professor Jeffrey Schoenblum received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the Harvard Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard, Jr., and practiced law with the firm of Wilkie Farr & Gallagher in New York before joining the Vanderbilt University Law School faculty in 1977. He teaches courses in wills and trusts, tax law and planning, and the drafting and analysis of business documents. He was promoted to Professor of Law in 1983 and to Centennial Professor of Law in 2003. He has received an Outstanding Professor Award eight times.

Professor Schoenblum is one of the leading scholarly experts on cross-border private wealth transfers. He is the author of many articles and books, including Multistate Guide to Estate Planning (CCH 2014), Anderson’s Estate Planning Forms and Clauses (Lexis 2014), Multistate Guide to Trusts and Trust Administration (CCH 2012), and Multistate and Multinational Estate Planning (CCH 2010 & 2014 Supp.).

Professor Schoenblum is a life member of the American Law Institute and served as an adviser to the Restatement Third of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers. He is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He has delivered many distinguished lectures in the U.S. and abroad, including the Norton Rose lecture at Oxford University, the Paolo Fresco lecture at the University of Genoa, and the Nottingham lecture at the World Offshore Summit in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Tamisiea Lectures were created at the College of Law in 1989 by the Tamisiea family in memory of Frank Tamisiea and Hugh J. Tamisiea, father and son UI law school graduates. The two practiced probate law at the family's firm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, for over a combined 90 years.

Year 1

The foundation of your career

Personal Attention    Writing Faculty    Faculty Student Ratio

Building legal skills, learning to think like a lawyer, gaining the tools to practice with integrity.

In your first year, we emphasize essential writing skills, analytical thinking, and a sharpened understanding of the role of legal institutions. You’ll take full advantage of our being one of the few law schools in the nation with a full-time legal writing faculty. 

First-year students will have two, small-section courses each semester with the professors in our Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research department. These classes deliver intensive, individualized instruction, with three to six conferences per term devoted to your legal writing projects.

Year 2

Specialize in your interests

Citizen Lawyer    Moot Court    Externships

Develop your knowledge, with an expanded focus on the areas of law you’re most drawn to. The experts are here.
 
In your second year, you’ll begin to gravitate toward the areas that interest you most. Our faculty are experts across the legal spectrum, and every aspect of modern law practice is covered, including international and comparative law.
 
Iowa Law’s Citizen Lawyer Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for pro bono work, community service, and philanthropic projects. Another way students extend their education beyond the classroom, developing professional skills is through a variety of moot court competitions—and Iowa consistently prepares winning moot court teams.
 
In our externship program, we place students in a variety of legal settings. Externships are the best preparation for your career, and a great way to make professional contacts. In fact, many students’ first job after graduating is one that began as an externship.

Year 3

They call you "Counselor"

Law Review    Legal Clinic    Study Abroad

Build your professional identity and accumulate deep experience in a supportive environment. Practice makes practitioners.
 
By the time you reach your third year, you’ll take advantage of an array of opportunities, putting into practice the cutting-edge legal theory and core doctrinal concepts you’ve mastered in your first two years. Perhaps you’ll work in the “Bullpen” in our legal clinic. Every year our students provide thousands of hours to underserved clients and other special-needs populations, representing clients and honing their legal skills under close faculty supervision.
 
Iowa Law is also home to four student-run law journals. Many students write for a journal during their second year and accept board positions during their third year.