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Back to Iowa: Connecting Black alumni and students for real talk about the legal profession

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Tiffany Ferguson (06JD) organized the first Back to Iowa in 1996 and has watched it grow into a Hawkeye institution—an annual gathering that blends educational seminars, professional networking, and happy reunions of old friends.
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Student Spotlight: Alexis Jones and her pursuit of diversity in law

Friday, February 16, 2024
Alexis Jones' commitment to social justice and community-building serves as a testament to her promising future in the legal field.
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Finding Love in Law: Alums share their stories and best advice

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Students come to Iowa Law with the expectation of earning a top-notch law degree but don't always expect to find their perfect match or best friend. Through classroom interactions as 1Ls to attending the same study groups or working on a grueling case in the Legal Clinic, lasting relationships are formed.

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Iowa Law professor receives NSF grant to bring legal education to computer science courses

Monday, January 29, 2024
Mihailis Diamantis, professor of law and the Ben V. Willie Professor in Excellence, and Rishab Nithyanand, associate professor of computer science receive a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring legal education to computer science courses.
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This year's distinguished faculty appointments at Iowa Law

Thursday, November 2, 2023
The University of Iowa College of Law proudly announces the appointment of eight outstanding professors to named faculty positions. Three faculty have earned professorships and one has been renewed as a distinguished chair and four faculty members have earned faculty fellowships. “Named professorships advance the College of Law in transformative ways. These professors have continuously excelled in their teaching, scholarship, and service. Private endowments like this recognize exceptional faculty and thereby help us to reward and retain the best of them,” said Dean Washburn.
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Emily Hughes develops database to better understand and improve criminal jury trials

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Professor Emily Hughes and Professor Kori Khan, Iowa State University, are building one of the largest databases of trial transcripts in the U.S. It's a vast resource of information to help analyze what is working well in our criminal legal system, as well as what could be improved—and how to improve it. 

Events

Inside Judges' Chambers

Friday, March 1, 2024 12:35pm to 1:30pm
Boyd Law Building
What could the path to become a judge look like? What do judges look for in their law clerks and how can you attain one of these prestigious positions? Please join the Faculty Clerkship Committee and the Career Services Office for a panel conversation about life Inside the Judges’ Chambers. Moderated by Professor Bram Elias.

Appellate Advocacy II Final Round Showcase

Friday, March 1, 2024 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Boyd Law Building
The Moot Court Board invites the Iowa Law community to the Appellate Advocacy II Final Round Showcase on Friday, March 1. The top four advocates from both the Jessup and Van Oosterhout Baskerville (VOB) Competitions will argue before practicing judges.     The Jessup Final Round will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The VOB Final Round be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both rounds will take place in Levitt Auditorium (BLB 295).     We hope you'll join us!

Dynamic Discussions - So You Want To Practice In Denver, CO?

Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Boyd Law Building
Missed out on the Hawk's on the Rocks program this past January? Here is another chance to learn more about how you can navigate from Iowa Law student to Denver lawyer.  In this dynamic discussion, Judge Mark Bailey (’05) of the Colorado District Court, Second Judicial District will discuss his path to Colorado and offer suggestions on how an Iowa Law student can break into the Denver market. Light snacks will be provided for those who RSVP.
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Drag Show Fundraiser for Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund

Saturday, March 2, 2024 6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Heights Rooftop
   Buy tickets here: https://commerce.cashnet.com/DSL125    Dessert bar included with ticket purchase.        Doors: 6:30 p.m.    M&G: 7 p.m.    Show: 7:30 p.m.

Week of Abolition Tabling (NLG)

Monday, March 4, 2024 11:00am to 2:00pm
Boyd Law Building
The National Lawyers Guild holds an annual event called the Week of Abolition (formerly the Week Against Mass Incarceration). Each year, the event is held the first full week of March; this year the WoA falls on March 3, through March 9. There is also a different theme each year highlighting a different issue of criminal justice. The theme this year centers on Political Prisoners. To highlight the issues of political prisoners, the NLG will be tabling March 4 - March 6, each day presenting a...