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Adrien Wing

Adrien Wing named associate dean for international and comparative law programs

Adrien K. Wing, the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law at the Iowa College of Law, has been appointed to a new position. Teaching at Iowa since 1987, she will become the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs at the law school. She will continue as director of the UI Center for Human Rights as well.

Wing earned an AB degree with high honors from Princeton, an MA in African studies from UCLA, and her JD from Stanford Law School. Author of more than 100 publications, she serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education Accreditation Committee. She is also the director of the law school’s summer program in France.

In the past, Wing has held a number of prominent positions, including associate dean for faculty development as well as director of the London Law Consortium semester abroad program. Additionally, she assisted with the constitutions of South Africa, Rwanda, and the Palestine Basic Law.

Maya Steinitz

Professor Steinitz Granted Tenure

Professor Maya Steinitz of the College of Law has been granted tenure and promoted to full professor. Steinitz joined Iowa College of Law in the fall of 2011. Before joining the Iowa College of Law, she held a dual appointment as an Associate-in-Law and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. Prior to entering academia, Steinitz served as a litigator at Latham & Watkins, LLP. She also clerked for Israeli Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut.

Steinitz teaches civil procedure, complex litigation, corporations, international business transactions, and international arbitration. Her research focuses on a wide range of topics in public and business international law, transnational litigation, and the global legal profession. Her scholarship has been published or accepted for publication by Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Iowa Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, and Oxford University Press (twice). Some of her works-in-progress are titled "Transnational Litigation as Prisoners’ Dilemma," "The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice," "Dewey & LeBoeuf's Post-Mortem Report and the Future of Law Firm Finance," and a book project tentatively titled "Law and the Self: An Imaginary Exchange of Letters between H.L.A. Hart and G.H. Mead."

While in private practice, Steinitz led the representation of the emerging government of Southern Sudan in drafting its national and sub-national constitutions.

Recently, she was appointed to serve on the inaugural bench of the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC), an Israeli-Palestinian international commercial arbitration tribunal.

Herb Hovenkamp

Professor Hovenkamp Receives Scribes Book Award for "The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought 1870 - 1970"

Professor Hovenkamp Receives Scribes Book Award for "The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought 1870 - 1970."  Details available at:

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.

Year 1

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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.