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Jay Sieleman

A true Blues Brother: A UI law alumnus preserves an American treasure—and earns a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Inside his office at the Blues Foundation in Memphis hangs a painting of Bonnie Raitt and a guitar signed by the late B.B. King. It’s not every day that a person gets to work on behalf of his musical heroes, but not every person gets to be Jay Sieleman, president and chief executive officer of the Blues Foundation.

Sieleman graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate in 1978. On June 13, he returns to campus to accept one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards from the UI Alumni Association (UIAA).

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Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes appointed associate dean for faculty and academic affairs

Emily Hughes, Professor and Bouma Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, has been appointed associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.

In this role, Hughes will continue her practice of counseling and mentoring junior faculty. After the upcoming year, she will assume official responsibilities to guide the evaluation, tenure, reappointment and promotion processes. In the upcoming year, Hughes will also lead the law school's field placement program during a search for its new director. Her responsibilities for academic affairs will include all aspects of the law school's program of legal education, including both doctrinal and experiential components. 

Hughes joined the faculty at the UI College of Law in 2011. Before coming to the college, she was a professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure (investigations and adjudication), and a seminar discussing mitigation and the death penalty.

At Washington University she also co-directed the Criminal Justice Clinic, where she supervised law students representing indigent clients facing felony charges in Saint Louis County. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, Hughes was associate director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law, where she worked in the legal clinic representing indigent clients on capital cases.

Hughes also worked as a public defender for the Office of the Iowa State Public Defender in Iowa City, where she represented juveniles and adults on misdemeanor and felony charges.

Her appointment begins this summer.

Joe Yockey

Joseph Yockey appointed inaugural Michael and Brenda Sandler Faculty Fellow in Corporate Law

Joseph Yockey, formerly an associate professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law, has been appointed the inaugural Michael and Brenda Sandler Faculty Fellow in Corporate Law. 

Yockey, who was also granted tenure, joined the faculty in 2010 and was voted Professor of the Year by the law school student body for 2011-12. He is also a two-time nominee for the University of Iowa’s campus-wide President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.

Before coming to Iowa, Professor Yockey taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. He is also a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as articles editor for the University of Illinois Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge John D. Tinder (presently of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) in Indianapolis and practiced corporate and securities litigation at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.

Yockey teaches Business Associations, Securities Regulation, and a seminar on Securities Litigation. His writing and research focuses on corporate governance, anti-corruption compliance, and social enterprise.

Liza Meyers (Class of 1990)

Liza Meyers Siegel, Denver, Colorado, has received the 2015 Kaufmann-Waldbaum Leadership Award with her husband, Don Siegel. This award was given by Hillel of Colorado for their service to the organization.

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.