|Heidi Houghton Jeffery, Class of 1996
Heidi Houghton Jeffery is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, Illinois.She has experience in general municipal, private activity bond, housing,
student loan, health care and senior living finance. In such transactions, she has served as bond counsel and counsel to developers, underwriters, credit enhancers, issuers and borrowers. She is a member and former vice chair of the firm’s Senior Living Team. She is also a member of the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions, Health Care Finance, and Public Finance Practices and the Health Care Industry Team. Ms. Jeffery also frequently represents broker-dealers in connection with municipal securities compliance matters. In addition, she has experience representing banks in general lending transactions, including both secured and unsecured commercial loans.
|Barry Lindahl, Class of 1973
Lindahl has been City Attorney for the City of Dubuque since 1986. Prior to that time he was the Assistant City Attorney. He regularly gives back his time and talents to Iowa Law through the Trial Advocacy program and Continuing Legal Education program. His service is extraordinary. He served the State of Iowa as a member of the Iowa Supreme
Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. He was a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Study of the Federal Rules of Evidence that
recommended to the Iowa Supreme Court the adoption of the Iowa Rules of Evidence. His service to the profession includes publications. He is the author of Thomson/West Publications Iowa Practice Volumes 9 and 10 Civil Practice Forms, Volumes 11 and 12 Civil & Appellate Procedure, and Modern Tort Law. He is the co-author of the Iowa Motor
Vehicle Desk Handbook.
David H. Vernon Professor of Law
One of Iowa Law’s most beloved professors, Kurtz joined the Iowa Law faculty in 1973. For over 40 years, he has excelled in the classroom, in his scholarship and his service. He focuses his teaching, scholarship and service on property law, trusts and estates, and health law and has educated thousands of Iowa Law students in those areas. He is the principal drafter of the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and Revised Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act. Admired for his flare in the classroom, generations of Iowa Law students share memories of learning Property Law, especially the unforgettable fox in Pierson v. Post.
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|The Honorable Thad Collins, Class of 1990
Collins clerked for Judge Michael Melloy in the bankruptcy courts and district
court; he also clerked for Judge David R. Hansen in the U.S. Court of Appeals
8th Circuit. After his clerkships he moved to Minneapolis with his wife, Jeannie,
where she practiced dentistry and he worked for the firm now known as Stinson
Leonard and Street LLP. Collins returned to Iowa and in 2010 he was appointed
Chief Federal Bankruptcy Judge of the Northern District of Iowa. Collins has achieved
many notable accomplishments in his career but what makes him stand out is his
charisma, large heart and undying loyalty. He is an outstanding person and a friend
to anyone who crosses his path.
|Robert W. (Bob) Lundy, Class of 1951
After serving in the U.S. Army and achieving the rank of staff sergeant,
Lundy attended the University of Iowa. Upon graduating from law school,
he joined the Statute Revision Councils' effort to rewrite and codify Oregons'
statute laws (first rewrite in 94 years) and continued to work on what became
Oregon Revised Statutes w (1953 Edition). After assisting with the codification
of the Colorado Revised Statutes in 1953, Lundy returned to Salem and joined
the legal staff of the newly created Office of the Legislative Counsel (LC) and
remained until his retirement in 1986. He continued to volunteer at LC until 2009.
His appreciative colleagues remember him as a friend, mentor, teacher and wise
counselor. Having no family of his own, his LC "family" willingly took care of
him in his elder years.
|The Honorable Chris Hagenow, Class of 1997
Windsor Heights, Iowa
Hagenow is Majority Leader of the House of Representatives of the
Iowa General Assembly. In this capacity he has a major impact
on law and public policy in Iowa. Hagenow was first elected in 2008
and is currently serving his fourth term representing House District 43.
Previously he served as the Chairman as the House Government Oversight
Committee and served three years as the Majority Whip before being
elected Majority Leader in 2015. Hagenow is a founding partner of the Des
Moines law firm Whitaker, Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP.
|The Honorable Celeste Bremer, Class of 1977
Des Moines, Iowa
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Bremer was appointed to serve
the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in
1985. Prior to her appointment on the federal bench, she was
an Assistant Scott County Attorney; a partner in a law firm in
Davenport, Iowa; an Assistant Iowa Attorney General; and
corporate counsel for Deere & Co. and Economy Forms Corporation.
In addition to her judicial duties, she presents continuing education
programs for judges and lawyers on civil litigation topics and legal
ethics. She has been invited to design programs covering mediation,
Rule of Law, and judicial education for courts in Krakow, Kuala
Lumpur, Bangalore, and Egypt. She is a member of the Infinity
Project, whose mission is to increase gender diversity on the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and other judgeships. She
helped organize education programs for applicants, the public,
lawyers, and anyone interested in getting women “in the pipeline”
for appointment to appellate courts, while calling attention to the
need for transparency in judicial appointment processes. She shines
a light on the process and results, and asks “where are the females?”
at every step along the way. She received her doctorate from Drake
University School of Education in 2002; her dissertation was on
judicial occupational stress.
|The Honorable Kevin G. Ross, Class of 1994
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Judge Ross served as an Iowa City police officer for five years,
before he left the force to enroll in Iowa Law. Upon graduation,
he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson,
Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota, and for the Honorable
Donald P. Lay of the Eighth Circuit. Ross was named to the Minnesota
Court of Appeals after practicing with Greene Espel P.L.L.P. of
Minneapolis for over nine years, where he became a partner. As a judge
he has authored more than 500 opinions for the court. He is the founder
of the Quill & Bagel Society, a periodic workshop for judges, law clerks,
and staff attorneys dedicated to perfecting legal-writing skills. His 2010
opinion for the court in State v. Wiggins was one of four honored by
The Green Bag Almanac & Reader.
|Thomas M. Cunningham, Class of 1984
West Des Moines, Iowa
Cunningham is a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, PC, in
Des Moines, Iowa, where he practices management-side labor
and employment law. Cunningham has received multiple peer
recognition in the area of labor and employment law from
Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners USA, and other
organizations. Cunningham frequently teaches at professional and
industry seminars on topics in labor and employment law, serves as
a Master of the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court, and continues as a
member (and former Chair) of the Iowa State Bar Association’s
Federal Practice Committee. He has at various times throughout his
career served as a director and president of the West Des Moines
Chamber of Commerce, a school board member and president, chaired
a citizens’ committee for ten years that prioritized capital and economic
development projects for the City of West Des Moines, and currently
serves as a member of the City’s Board of Adjustment. He is also one
of the founding directors and general counsel for Challenger Sports
League, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides athletic team
opportunities for children with disabilities in the Des Moines metro area.
|Annette Brown, Class of 2000
Brown, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the Assistant Director
for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC)
Department of Health & Human Services for the past four years
with oversight of the Health Services Division. She began working
for the SRPMIC in 2008 as an Assistant General Counsel in the
Office of General Counsel. Prior to working for the SRPMIC,
Brown served as legal counsel for the Colorado River Indian Tribes
and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. During her years as legal
counsel for these tribal governments, she has been active in state
referendum campaigns for gaming, negotiating and managing a
NASCAR team sponsorship for three seasons, co-authored a tribal
probate and workers' compensation ordinance, appeared in tribal, state
and federal courts on behalf of the tribes involving ICWA, wrongful
death, probate and gaming matters. Brown has also served three
appointments by the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Council as
the Tribal Gaming Hearing Officer for administrative appeals. Brown
has three children - Cole, Anne Marie and Zinae, and continues to
enjoy sewing, fiber arts, and the occasional triathlon.
|Amber Shanahan-Fricke, Class of 2012
Des Moines, Iowa
Following graduation, Shanahan-Fricke clerked for the
Honorable Ross A. Walters, United States Magistrate Judge
for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
She embraced her passion for helping others and joined the
Des Moines law firm of Babich Goldman, P.C., where she
specializes in representing plaintiffs in employment and civil
rights cases. In the past year, Shanahan-Fricke has already begun
making an impact on her clients' lives, working diligently as their
zealous advocate. She also teaches a constitutional law course
focusing on the rights of the traditionally disadvantaged at
Grinnell College. Shanahan-Fricke strives to foster strong relationships
with her clients, opposing counsel, students, and both legal and non-legal
community members, as she realizes that communication and mentoring
are necessary components to a respectful and just society. She serves on
the Polk County Women Attorneys Board of Directors as a Professional
Development Co-Chair, and she is also an active member of the Iowa
State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee.
In her role on the Diversity Committee, she is in the early stages of
spearheading a state-wide service project for young lawyers to teach
Iowa Civil Rights history to high school students. Shanahan-Fricke is a
truly remarkable person, and every day she strives to make a positive impact
with her Iowa Law degree.
|Ernie Buresh, Class of 1957
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Buresh grew up on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression.
He came to Iowa Law after the Army and after starting Swisher
Farm Supply. Following law school, he became a banker, not a
lawyer, owning banks around Iowa. He recently published a book
about his life, The Advantage of Being Born Poor. He and his
family have been generous supporters of the University of
Iowa and Iowa Law over the years.
|Allen E. Brennecke, Class of 1961
Brennecke had an outstanding legal career with the firm
of Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz, LLP and continues
as "Of Counsel" with that firm. His dedication to the profession
of law is best demonstrated by his extensive involvement in the
Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Brennecke was first involved with the Young Lawyers Section
of the ISBA, and served as President of that Section in 1970-1971.
Next he became very active in the ABA and served on the Board
of Governors of that organization from 1982 through 1986.
In 1984 through 1986 he was the Chair of the ABA House of
Delegates. In 1986 he narrowly lost an election to the chairs of the
ABA, which would have led to the office of President of the ABA.
He turned his attention to the ISBA, serving on the Board of Directors
and then as President of the Association in 1990-1991. In 1987, he
received the ISBA's highest award, the Award of Merit. Brennecke’s
contributions to these , which are key to the profession, are indeed unique.
|Tina Solis, Class of 1997
Solis is a partner at Nixon Peabody. She advises businesses on
issues involving trade secrets, unfair competition and complex
commercial litigation. She also counsels lawyers and law firms
on professional responsibility issues. Solis has been named in the
Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition (2008-2011) and
recognized by Continental Who's Who. She is a member of the
Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association;
and is also a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery
Pilot Program Committee. Solis is active in a variety of organizations
in Chicago including serving on the Boards of Coordinated Advice
and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) and P.A.W.S.
In addition to her successful career, she is a proud and loyal supporter
of Iowa Law.
|Rodney Shkolnick, Class of 1955
Des Moines, Iowa
Shkolnick is Dean Emeritus of Creighton School of Law where he
led from 1977 to 1987. He began his legal career in private practice
in Ottumwa and was an assistant county attorney in Wapello County.
Shkolnick was hired by Creighton Law in 1961 to teach commercial
law, contracts, criminal law and mortgages; and he also joined the Omaha
firm of McGrath North. During his 50+ at Creighton, Shkolnick welcomed
women to the law school as students, faculty and administrators. At the
conclusion of his deanship in 1987, he remained on the law faculty actively
teaching until 2013. He was beloved by his students, with several classes
naming him the Outstanding Professor. When Iowa played in the 1982
Rose Bowl, the students gave Dean Shkolnick a birthday present: tickets for
the game and airfare! He was instrumental in persuading the Nebraska legislature
to adopt the UCC, an active leader of the Nebraska State Bar Association,
and a fine ukulele player.
|Jean and N. William Hines, Joseph F. Rosenfield
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Iowa City, Iowa
For many people in the Iowa Law community, Bill and Jean
Hines represent Iowa Law. The Hines’ commitment to Iowa
Law runs deep and their respect and admiration for our community
are second to none. Bill’s ability to lead the College for nearly three
decades established Iowa Law as a top law school in the United States.
His guidance and support for countless programs, including and not
limited to the Writing Resource Center, the Journal Transnational Law
and Contemporary Problems and the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice,
numerous centers, countless faculty and staff hires, and so much more
have distinguished Iowa Law as a leader in legal education. Bill and Jean
have also built innumerous relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and
friends of the law school for more than the past fifty years and counting.
For all of us who call Iowa Law home, we are grateful for their selfless
dedication to this place that means so much to us. Thank you!
|Robert (Bob) Loots, Class of 1958
Loots graduated from the Iowa Law School with high distinction
(Order of the Coif) and was an editor of the Iowa Law Review.
Upon graduation be became the first associate in a newly-formed
law firm in Milwaukee (now known as von Briesen and Roper with
more than one hundred lawyers) with whom he continued for the
remainder of his professional career and now continues as Senior Counsel.
Loots is recognized as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Wisconsin.
Since 1983 he has been named annually in the Best Lawyers in America®
and has also been listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Who's Who in
American Law. Loots is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Since 1980 he has been a fellow of the prestigious College of Trust and
Estate Counsel and has lectured frequently to professional groups on those
subjects. Over the years he has been an active member in the Bar and in a
wide variety of civic and professional organizations, including the United Fund
and United Performing Arts Fund. He is past president of the Wisconsin
United Methodist Foundation, the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council, the North
Shore Kiwanis and was a director of the Iowa Law School Foundation.
He and his wife, Mary Ladd Loots, are proud and loyal supporters of Iowa Law.
|Marvin S. Berenstein, Class of 1961
Sioux City, Iowa
Berenstein is a senior partner of Berenstein, Moore, Heffernan,
Moeller, & Johnson, L.L.P. Prior to joining the law firm in 1963,
he served on the Iowa Attorney General’s staff, and was Special
Assistant Attorney General in 1962. Berenstein has a personal
commitment to community service, as well as the state of Iowa
and The Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA). He was President of
ISBA from 1980-1981, President of the ISBA Foundation from
1992-1993, and President of the ISBA Young Lawyers Section from
1969-1970. In 1996, he received the Award of Merit from ISBA.
In addition, he currently is serving as a Director of the University of
Iowa Law School Foundation. In 1989, he was appointed by Governor
Branstad to the Iowa State Board of Regents for a six-year term, and he
was elected President of the Board in May 1993. He also served on the
Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission to study financing of the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1986. In 2012, he received the Alumni
Achievement Award from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Berenstein’s dedication to the betterment of his profession and the
communities in which he lives bring credit to himself and his fellow
members of the legal profession.
|Arley J. Wilson, Class of 1942
Wilson practiced law for one month following graduation from
Iowa Law. He was then drafted for the army and served three
years in North Africa and Europe. Following his return to the
United States, Wilson continued law with his uncle, Gilbert Mote,
in Marshalltown, Iowa until his death. During his career, his law
office grew from two attorneys to seven attorneys. He spoke for
the ISBA for many years and was an encouraging leader in the
law community. His career was viewed by many as a very
successful law practice.
|Annie Nowlin Savery, Class of 1875
Savery was well known for her involvement in the women's
suffrage movement in Iowa. She was a founding officer
(corresponding secretary) in the state suffrage organization and
helped establish the first woman suffrage society in Polk County
in 1870. She served on the executive committee of the National
Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) during the 1870s before
becoming one of the second female graduates at Iowa
(there were two in the Class of 1875).
|Richard Albrecht, Class of 1961
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Albrecht is currently Of Counsel at the Seattle office of the
Perkins Coie law firm, which he joined immediately after law
school and became a partner. The Seattle-King County Municipal
League recognized his achievements with its 1969 Outstanding
Citizen of the Year award. He served as General Counsel to the
U.S. Department of Treasury from 1974-76 where he earned the
Alexander Hamilton award for outstanding service. Albrecht then
returned to Seattle where he served as General Counsel of The Boeing
Company, later moving to the Company’s Commercial Airplane Group,
from which he retired in 1997 as Executive Vice President. He has
served many years as a member of the board of The Iowa Law School
Foundation. He has also been honored with a Distinguished Alumni
Award in 2002 and with a similar award by the Iowa Law Review in 2014.
Albrecht continues to serve his community in many capacities, including
20 years as a board member and four years as a chair of a large regional
medical center, and 12 years as a Regent of Washington State University.
|Dan Crouse, Class of 1985
Crouse’s practice focuses primarily on IP strategy and client
counseling, helping clients develop IP strategies, policies, and
procedures and assisting them in creating and managing IP
assets for optimal business return on investment. Within Lee &
Hayes, he is part of a team that is dedicated to applying big data
analytics across the spectrum of IP issues and opportunities faced
by firm clients. Crouse is included on Intellectual Asset Management
"IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists" list and
The Best Lawyers in America for my work in the area of patent law.
He is also active in the community, with volunteer experiences having
included: University of Iowa Law School Foundation (Board Member);
Epiphany School (various current roles); ONE/Northwest (Board President);
Engineering College Industrial Advisory Committee for Iowa State
University (Member); Experience Music Project, various global health
organizations, and Seattle King County Bar Association Neighborhood
Legal Clinic system (pro bono legal service); Mountaineers Foundation
(Board Member); Social Venture Partners, Seattle (Partner); and Pangea (Member).
|John A. Roberts, Class of 1993
Roberts is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels and represents
companies nationwide in product liability and complex
commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on the health
care industry. Though out his legal career, Roberts has volunteered
hundreds of hours assisting Iowa Law’s Career Services Office in
the advancement of its mission to help all students in their search
for meaningful employment. He has helped students with mock
interviews, given presentations on interviewing skills, and has been
a strong proponent of mentoring students as part of the Partner for a
Day program. Roberts’s is committed to Iowa Law School and the
greater University of Iowa community.
|Chuck Larson, Jr., Class of 1996
Des Moines, Iowa
Charles W. Larson, Jr. specializes in communications with the
legislative and executive branch of the federal government, media
relations, and international business and trade at LS2group in Des
Moines. His career since (and even before) graduating from Iowa
Law has been both distinguished and demonstrative of his commitment
to public service. He has served the state of Iowa as a member of the
Iowa House (1993-2001), an Iowa State Senator (2003-07), and the
Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa (2001–2005). From 2008 to 2009,
at the appointment of President George W. Bush, he served as the U.S.
ambassador to Latvia. In May 2008, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers
awarded Ambassador Larson the Order of the Three Stars, which is
Latvia’s highest award for his service to the country. Larson has served
his country as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He served for a year
in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star
for meritorious service in combat and the Combat Action Badge. As a
result of this experience, he wrote Heroes Among Us, which profiles
29 heroes from the War on Terrorism.
|Greg Densen, Class of 1998
Densen graduated with high distinction from Iowa Law. He is currently
an attorney with Sherman & Howard in Denver, Colorado. He will become
the CEO of this 180+ attorney (including 10 Iowa Law Graduates), 11 office
firm in January, 2016. His specialty areas include Estate and Tax Planning,
Privately Held Businesses, and Tax. Densen is involved in many professional
organizations, serving as a member and former chair of the Rocky Mountain
Estate Planning Council and co-chairing various committees for the Colorado
Bar Association Trust and Estate Section. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in
America for Trusts and Estates, has been recognized by 5280 Magazine as the
2015 Top Lawyer for Trust and Estate, and is a fellow of the American College
of Trust and Estate Counsel.
|James Milani, Class of 1958
Jim attended the University of Iowa on a Nile Kinnick Scholarship.
While at Iowa, he lettered in football and track. One of the first big
steps in Milani’s accomplished legal career was being elected County
Attorney for Appanoose County. He was elected while on active duty
with the Army and served in that role from 1959 to 1967. Throughout
his career his activities and recognitions have been numerous. Here are
a few highlights of his many achievements. He has served as the St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Board, raised money for the renovation of the
Simon Estes Auditorium in the Centerville Community Schools, and been
a dedicated Class Agent for the College of Law. He has been involved in
numerous professional organizations, including committees within both
the Iowa State and American Bar Associations, Iowa Trial Lawyers
Association, and the Iowa Cattleman’s Association. He and his wife
Mary were named Citizens of the Year by the Daily (Centerville) Iowegian
for their years of dedicated service to their community. He remains a
prominent fixture in the Centerville, Iowa community and an important
voice in the Iowa Law alumni community.
|Joan Axel, Class of 1981
Throughout her career, Axel frequently has been the first woman
to serve on a board or to lead an organization, paving the way for
other women to follow. She has served as director on governing
boards, a municipal utility board, the first Iowa Lottery Commission,
and the first Iowa Communications Network Commission as well as
serving the Bar Associations, local and state, including several Iowa
Supreme Court Commissions. She currently serves on the Board of the
Iowa Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Board of Directors of a
Community Bank Holding Company, and on the Community Foundation
of Greater Muscatine. Axel devotes much of her time to mentoring women
and girls in ways to reach their potential, to participate in good government
at all levels, and to be economically secure. She was one of the volunteer
founders of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics and,
along with her husband, was a lead sponsor for the Mary Louise Smith Chair
at Iowa State University. Axel's public service extends beyond Iowa as a
participant in a Friendship Force official visit to China (preceding the Official
Sister State relationship between Hebei Province in China and the State of Iowa)
in the 1980s with former Governor Robert Ray and, more recently, in the
sister-state delegation establishing Iowa’s official ties to Stavropol in Russia.
Axel was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013,
she left private practice and served as the Community Program Manager for
the Blue Zones Projects of Muscatine. That team led the Muscatine community
to full certification as a Blue Zones Community in July 2014.
|Brian Farrell, Class of 1998
Farrell has dedicated his career to the active
pursuit of worldwide progress on the protection of human rights and
to educating aspiring lawyers. After graduating from law school, he
clerked for the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa, then gained valuable
experience in private practice in Maquoketa and Goose Lake, and as a
public defender in Georgia. Farrell furthered his education at The National
University of Ireland Galway (LLM ’02 and PhD ’14) in the field of
International Human Rights. He has been a contributor to the Oxford Reports
on International Criminal Law, a consultant to the Harvard School of Public
Health's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and conducted
human rights field research in Israel and Palestine. In 2012, Farrell was selected
as a Fulbright Scholar and taught at Sofia University in Bulgaria. He is a
Lecturer, Director of the Citizen Lawyer Program, and Associate Director of the
Center for Human Rights at Iowa Law. Farrell also co-founded the Innocence
Project of Iowa in 2007. The Project is a member organization of the national
Innocence Network, dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions
through litigation, by improving the law and its institutions, and by educating
law students, lawyers and the public. Farrell's book, Habeas Corpus in
International Law, will be published next year by Cambridge University Press.
|Richard W. Canady, Class of 1959
Upon graduation Canady served in the Pentagon as a Navy Lieutenant
in the office of the Navy Judge Advocate General. He then worked as a
law clerk to the Honorable Oliver D. Hamlin, U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit, from 1962 to 1963.Canady was a partner with the San
Francisco law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk and Rabkin
P.C. for more than 40 years. Upon merger of that firm with Arnold & Porter
LLP in 2012, he became a Senior Counsel in the firm's Corporate and
Securities Group. Canady’s successful legal career started with the quality legal
education he received from Iowa Law and continued through his diligent efforts
to provide the highest quality services to his national and international level
clientele, resulting in his recognition in The Best Lawyers in America©, in
Northern California Super Lawyers® and in Who's Who Legal for Mergers and
Acquisitions. Of equal importance, Canady served as a Trustee of the Iowa Law
School Foundation and led the Foundation as its President from 1991 to 2002.
|Angela Fontana, Class of 1989
Fontana is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and her practice consists
primarily of financing transactions and debt restructurings. She represents both
borrowers and financial institutions, and has been involved in a wide variety of
financing transactions in both the United States and abroad; and specializes in
representing private equity funds. Fontana is on the board of trustees of
Dallas Heritage Village and a member of the City of University Park, Texas,
employee benefits committee. She also supports Iowa Law as a Board of Director
for the Iowa Law School Foundation.
|Charles (Chuck) Coulter, Class of 1965
Iowa City, Iowa
Coulter practices at Stanley, Lande & Hunter in business and corporate
matters, real estate, wills and estate planning. He has actively participated
in Iowa State and American Bar Associations, holding many positions in
the ABA Section on Law Practice Management and elected to chair the
Section in 1991-92. He was a Charter Fellow and Director of the College
of Law Practice Management and served as its President 2001-04. Coulter
founded the Leadership Muscatine program and Muscatine Tennis Association.
He has served for 40 years on the Muscatine Community Health Association and
been a director of Muscatine Health Support Foundation since 1986. He served 11
years on the Board of Directors of Old Brick Episcopal Lutheran Corporation in
Iowa City, six years as Secretary of the Coralville Community Fund, and President
of the River Heights Racquet Club. Coulter is also a director of the Community
Foundation of Johnson County, serves on the Advisory Board for 50-50 in 2020,
and chairs the Health Association’s advance care planning initiative in Muscatine.
The University of Iowa College of Law awarded him the 2011 Alumni Service
Award and the Iowa State Bar Association awarded him the 2001 Community
Service Award in recognition of his long history of community service. Coulter
serves as Class Agent for the Class of 1965.
|The Honorable Ronald Longstaff, Class of 1965
West Des Moines, Iowa
A native of Kansas, Longstaff came to Iowa Law following a
brief stint working in a national accounting firm. He quickly
demonstrated his aptitude for law, serving an editor and publishing
several articles in the Iowa Law Review, which later presented him
with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Upon graduating from Iowa
Law, Longstaff clerked for Judge Roy Stephenson of the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He was in private practice in
Des Moines and then returned to serve as the clerk of court for the
District Court for the Southern District of Iowa from 1968 to 1976 and
taught as an adjunct professor at Drake Law. He was appointed as a
U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District Court for the Sothern District in
1968 and continued in that service until 1991, at which time he was
appointed to serve as district judge in the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Iowa. He served as chief judge from 2001 to 2006,
when he assumed senior status. A fellow alumnus notes about Longstaff,
“…he is without question one of the most exceptional and outstanding
graduates of the Iowa Law School.”
|Kevin H. Smith, Class of 1983
Smith was appointed Dean of the University of Memphis School of
Law in 2007, following 14 years as a Memphis Law faculty member.
He completed his deanship in 2012 and transitioned back to the law faculty.
As Dean, he took on the law school’s move downtown to a historic building.
His research interests include secured transactions, commercial paper,
jurisprudence, business organizations, and social science and statistics in the law.
Prior to joining Memphis Law, he was a visiting assistant professor at
Chicago-Kent College of Law and an associate attorney at Cook, Howard,
Downes & Tracy in Maryland. He is the Thomas B. Preston Professor of Law.
|Susan Hagan, Class of 1994
Hagan is a third-generation Iowa Law School graduate.
She practiced in the estate-planning group at Godfrey and Kahn
law firm in Milwaukee from 1994 until she returned to Iowa City in 1998.
Hagan has been in the Planned Giving department at the University of
Iowa Foundation since 1999 and has been Executive Director of Planned
Giving since 2006. In her role, she has secured and stewarded millions of
dollars’ worth of significant charitable planned donations for the
benefit of the University of Iowa.
|Candace Black Werth, Class of 1992
Werth began her career as a prosecutor in Adams County,
Colorado in 1992 and transitioned to Jefferson County in 2006.
She is the lead deputy district attorney in the Elder Abuse Unit,
dedicating her time to prosecuting cases involving physical,
financial and sexual abuse of at-risk adults. Over the course of
her career, Werth has prosecuted over 25 homicide cases, including
capital cases. On both a state and national level, she has lectured in
the areas of complex case litigation, courtroom technology and elder abuse.
She also teaches for the National District Attorneys’ Association.
Even while maintaining a fulltime prosecution docket, she consistently
makes it a priority to volunteer her time in assisting and mentoring
Iowa Law students seeking employment in and around the Denver area.
Periodically, she returns to the law school to speak to students interested
in prosecution or to assist students in their job searches for public interest
and government careers. Werth is a driven prosecutor, an experienced
conference speaker, and a strong mentor. She makes her home in
Brighton, Colorado with her husband, Nick, and children, James and Jacey,
who are busy high school students and athletes. Werth is, has been, and
always will be the epitome of an Iowa Law graduate.
|Theodore (Ted) M. Seldin, Class of 1955
Seldin has enjoyed a long and successful career in his work in
his Omaha based Seldin Company, a Real Estate Development
and Asset Management firm in which he continues as Chairman
Ameritus. Along with his efforts in Commercial and Residential
development, he has been highly involved at a local, state, and
national level in the formation of legislation to enhance the development
and preservation of Affordable Housing. He has made an impact in his
community and with institutions he holds dear including the Iowa Law
School Foundation. In 2006, Seldin and his wife Sarah funded a scholarship
for College of Law students interested in Real Estate Law and more recently,
made the first major gift commitment to springboard the much anticipated
law commons renovation project. With their commitment, the planned outside
portico area will be named for Mr. & Mrs. Seldin and their leadership will
inspire others to follow suit so that the Boyd Law Building can realize this
essential new building enhancement.
|Robert (Rob) Sand, Class of 2010
Des Moines, Iowa
Sand graduated with Honors from Brown University in 2005,
where he won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. While at
Iowa Law he served as Co-President of the Iowa Student Bar
Association, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Corporation Law,
and was honored with the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion.
Upon graduation from law school, Sand joined the Iowa Attorney
General’s office. He has begun a successful career with over 30
felony trials, mostly white collar crime and sexually violent predator
commitment cases. He prosecuted most of the Iowa film office tax
credit criminal cases and the ongoing hot lotto lottery rigging cases.
|Robert Downer, Class of 1963
Iowa City, IA
Since 1963 Bob Downer has been practicing law with the
Meardon Sueppel and Downer law firm in Iowa City.
His public service is truly outstanding. He served tirelessly
for twelve years on the Board of Regents for the State of Iowa.
He served as the President of the Johnson County Bar, the
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of
Iowa City, the Iowa City Public Library, and the Iowa State
Bar Association. He served as the Iowa State Chair of the American
College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the Chair of the Midwestern
Higher Education Compact. He was a member of the Board of the
Iowa Law School Foundation for twelve years. Bob has received a
number of awards for his community service, including recipient
of the Excellence in Services Award of the Legal Services
Corporation of America, the Iowa State Bar Association Award of
Merit, and the Alumni Achievement Award from the Iowa Law School.
Bob has been recognized by The Best Lawyers of America in the areas
of Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estate Litigation.
|Behnaz Soulati, Class of 1999
(1969 to 2008)
Behnaz was born in Iran and during her senior year of high
school she was blinded when a bomb from an Iraqi attack
exploded outside her home. In 1987, she moved to the U.S.
with her family. After earning her BA, MA and JD from the
University of Iowa, she clerked at the Seventh Judicial District.
She joined the Davis Brown Law Firm in 2000 where she became
a shareholder and, in addition to her law practice, provided her
services pro bono to benefit women and the community. She was
honored by multiple organizations for her outstanding pro bono
and public service work, including the YWCA. She was a board
member of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, served on the
Commission for the Blind Board, and was active in raising money
for breast cancer research. She was an inspiration to people she worked
with, people she represented, and people she came into contact with.
In honor of Behnaz’s memory, her family and friends established the
Behnaz Soulati Memorial Fund with the Iowa Law School Foundation
which is awarded annually to a deserving law student who is working
to overcome a significant challenge to a legal career.
|The Honorable Philip W. Tone, Class of 1948
Tone was called for active duty in the U.S. Army during his
first semester of law school. After discharge, he returned to
finish his law degree and then completed a fellowship at
Yale Law School where he worked with James W. Moore on
Moore’s Federal Practice treatise. He then served as a U.S. Supreme
Court clerk for Justice Wiley B. Rutledge, a former Dean of Iowa Law.
He went into private practice in Washington D.C. before joining the
Chicago law firm now known as Jenner & Block. During his career
at Jenner, he was Special Counsel to the National Committee on the
Causes and Prevention of Violence and served on the U.S. Senate
Subcommittee investigating individuals representing interests of foreign
governments. He also served as Chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Commission. In 1971, Tone accepted a judicial appointment to the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois and then was elevated to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He resigned from the bench in
1980 and returned to private practice with Jenner & Block until his retirement
in 1997. In 1988, Tone served as President of the American College of Trial
Lawyers and at the same time served as General Counsel to the United States
Golf Association. It was hard to tell which position he valued more. As he put it,
“Well, as President of the College, I got to meet every Justice on the Supreme Court.
But, as General Counsel to the USGA, I got to officiate at the Masters, so I guess
it is a toss-up.” In 1995, Tone received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the
Iowa Alumni Association. He supported his legal alma mater by providing his time
and talents to the Iowa Endowment 2000 and Allan Vestal Professorship campaigns;
and by serving as a board member of the Iowa Law School Foundation.
|Elizabeth (Bess) M. Osenbaugh, Class of 1971
(1947 to 1999)
Osenbaugh’s legal career took to her Arkansas as faculty at
the University of Arkansas Law School and Washington D.C.
at the Justice Department; and brought her back to Iowa to join
the office of Iowa Attorney General. She served in various
capacities, including Director of Environmental Law Division
and Deputy Attorney General; and was serving as Solicitor General
at the time of her death. Osenbaugh served as a wonderful role model
and inspiring mentor to attorneys in the office of the
Attorney General and throughout state government.
|Samuel M. Fahr, Professor of Law
(1918 to 2004)
During World War II Fahr served in the United States Navy.
He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Sheldon in Boston, Massachusetts
in 1941 and they moved to Iowa City in 1948. He was Professor
of Law at Iowa Law for forty years until his retirement in 1988.
His work focused on admiralty, criminal law, jurisprudence, and
land use planning. Throughout his career, he also taught at the
University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota;
along with teaching in Peru, France and England. He also served
as a legal advisor to the Peruvian government.
|Patrick Madigan, Class of 1998
West Des Moines, Iowa
Patrick Madigan is an Iowa Assistant Attorney General and in this
position he played a key role in working to put an end to mortgage
foreclosure abuse and fraud by leading the national state attorneys
general mortgage group for the last 10 years. Most notably, Madigan
helped lead an 18-month investigation of, and negotiation with, the
nation’s five largest mortgage servicers. His efforts resulted in a $25
billion national settlement for consumers, which has become commonly
known as the National Mortgage Settlement. He was also involved in
many other large settlements with other mortgage servicers and originators
including the investigation leading to the $325 million nationwide settlement
with Ameriquest. Madigan is one of the founders of Iowa Mortgage Help.
The initiative developed a planned, integrated response to the housing crisis
to assist in helping all impacted Iowans find the best possible solutions
to their home mortgage issues and has helped more than 20,000 Iowans.
Madigan’s work was recognized by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
He was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s second highest award for
employee performance, the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
|David H. Vernon, Dean Emeritus
(1925 to 2001)
Vernon held degrees from Harvard University and New York University.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. After time as a member
of the faculty at New York University Law School and University of
Houston Law School, University of New Mexico Law School, and the
University of Washington College of Law, he came to Iowa Law in 1966.
He served as Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law from 1966
to 1971. As Dean, he introduced the small-section program, giving 1Ls a
more individualized first year of law school. In addition to serving as Dean,
he was also a law professor at Iowa from 1966 until the time of his death in
2001. His work focused on contracts, commercial law, and remedies.
|Katherine (Katie) Finn Milleman, Class of 2005
(1979 to 2006)
At Iowa Law Katie excelled as a student; her professors still recall
today her sharp mind, her energetic spirit, and her delightful personality.
She similarly excelled as an associate attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
in the firm's health law litigation group. She sought to use her law degree to
engage in civic service and advance social justice, and she also developed
and pursued interests outside of law, including writing. On September 2, 2006,
Katie and her husband, John T. Milleman (UI M.D. ‘03), were killed in a car
accident near Lake Okoboji, Iowa. It was one day shy of their first
wedding anniversary. To honor Katie's memory and her passion for civic
service and writing, her family established the Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial
Law Award to support alternative summer employment or professional development.
The award each year supports a UI law student who shares Katie’s spirit and who
wishes to take creative coursework in writing or the arts, obtain a clerkship, or seek
part-time or summer employment in an organization that promotes social justice and equality.
|Steven R. Smith, Class of 1971
San Diego, California
Smith was appointed Dean of California Western in 1996,
following eight years as Dean at Cleveland-Marshall Law School.
He had previously been a law professor at the University of
Louisville, where he also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean.
After 16 successful years as Dean, Smith stepped down and transitioned
to Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at California Western.
Throughout his career, Smith has received awards for innovative
teaching, research and creative activity, and distinguished service
and has developed and taught courses and seminars on Health Law
and Mental Health Law. He has published widely in law and psychology
and law and medicine. Smith served as Deputy Director of the Association
of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1987-88. He remains active in AALS
and in the work of the American Bar Association, where he served as vice
chair and chair of the Section of Legal Education and
Admissions to the Bar from 2003-2006.
|Thomas J. Tauke, Class of 1974
Tauke is retired as executive vice president - Public Affairs,
Policy and Communications at Verizon Communications Inc.
Before joining NYNEX (a predecessor company of Verizon)
in 1991, Tauke was a member of Congress, representing Iowa’s
Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his congressional service from 1979 to 1991, he served on
the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Small Business
Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Aging. He also was
on the Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, the Infant
Mortality Commission and the Biomedical Ethics Board. Tauke served
as a member of the Iowa General Assembly from 1975 to 1979.
He has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and has
chaired the boards of the U.S. Telecom Association, The Washington
Center, Loras College, and Home Technology Systems, Inc.
|Chris Littlefield, Class of 1992
After graduating from Iowa Law, Littlefield worked as a
Corporate & Securities Attorney for Snell & Wilmer LLP
in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1998, he moved to The Dial Corporation,
where he worked his way up to SVP - General Counsel & Secretary
and also served for a time as SVP & General Manager of
Dial’s Food Products division. In January 2006, Littlefield joined
AmerUs Group as EVP – General Counsel & Secretary
(AmerUS was acquired by Aviva plc in November 2006).
He was promoted to COO in 2008 and was named President & CEO
of Aviva USA Corporation in 2009 and served in that role until
Aviva USA was sold to Apollo/Athene in late 2013. Littlefield is
now President & CEO of Fidelity & Guaranty Life which is headquartered
in Des Moines. An active member of the community, Littlefield currently
serves as Chair of the United Way of Central Iowa Board of Directors, as
Co-Chair of the Human Capital Committee for the Greater Des Moines
Partnership Capital Crossroads EDGE initiative, a member of the City of
Waukee Community and Economic Development Advisory Council, a
member of the Waukee Schools APEX Advisory Board and a member of
the Grand View University Board of Trustees. Chris is married to
Peggy (Shaughnessy) Littlefield, who graduated from the University of
Iowa in 1989, and has three children (Connor, Carlie and Cade).
|Allan D. Vestal, Carver Professor of Law
(1920 to 1983)
Vestal joined the faculty of Iowa Law in 1949, following
his service in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps. and
then Yale Law School. His legal work focused on estates,
civil procedure, and land-use planning. He was a mentor and
advisor to students and took a personal interest in advancing
them on their career paths. Vestal is described by a former
student as, “a marvelous professor” and “…one of my heroes
at the University of Iowa Law School.”
|Robert E. Bouma, Class of 1962
(1938 to 2010)
Bouma was Senior Counsel at the Chicago-based law firm
McDermott Will & Emery LLP. His legal career began at a
firm in New York City, during which time he also served as
a Lieutenant in the JAG Corp of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Before joining McDermott as a partner in 1984, Bouma was
Senior VP and General Counsel of Household International,
Associate General Counsel of Monsanto Co., Senior Group Counsel
at Xerox Corporation, and VP and General Counsel of Systematic
Data Systems. Bouma was a past chairman of the Illinois Institute of
Continuing Legal Education and a past president of The Legal Club
of Chicago. He previously was a co-chair of the ABA Litigation
Section's Corporate Counsel Committee and a founder and active
emeriti member of the Chicago North Shore General Counsel Association.
Bouma served as President of the Iowa Law School Board of Trustees and
was awarded the Iowa Law School Alumni Achievement Award in February 2010.
|John D. Randall, Sr., Class of 1923
(1899 to 1983)
Randall, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, served as president of the
American Bar Association from 1959 to 1960. In the 1960’s the
ABA created a special committee to study the desirability of creating
a section of General Practice and Randall was selected as chairman.
Thanks to his power and prestige as a former ABA president, they
managed to get the idea off the ground to form the General Practice,
Solo and Small Firm Division of the ABA. His father, Mac J. Randall,
was a 1901 Iowa Law graduate and his son, John D. Randall, Jr. was
a 1959 Iowa Law graduate.
|Patricia Bryan, Class of 1976
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Bryan graduated first in her law class and was selected as student
speaker at her class’s commencement. She practiced tax law in
New York City from 1976 to 1982 and earned her LLM in tax at NYU
before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
She has been on the faculty at UNC Law School since 1982 and has also
been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and at Iowa Law.
An outstanding classroom teacher, she has won teaching awards at both
North Carolina and Stanford. She and her husband, Tom Wolf, are the
co-authors of Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s
Heartland (U. of Iowa Press 2007), a nonfiction book about an Iowa farm
wife who was accused of killing her abusive husband in 1900.
|The Honorable Anuradha Vaitheswaran, Class of 1984
Des Moines, Iowa
Judge Vaitheswaran was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After earning her
JD/MA from Iowa, she served as a law clerk for a Justice of the
Iowa Supreme Court. Vaitheswaran then worked as an attorney with the
Legal Services Corporation of Iowa before becoming an Assistant Iowa
Attorney General. She was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1999.
Judge Vaitheswaran was the first person of color, male or female, to serve
on an appellate court in Iowa. Vaitheswaran exemplifies what it means to judge.
Thoughtful and probing in her analysis, she approaches each case before her
with diligence and even-handedness in a rapid-fire, high volume appellate environment.
|Rudy Telscher, Class of 1990
St. Louis, Missouri
Rudy was lead counsel in Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc.,
and his team successfully defended the patent infringement case from the district
court up to the Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court significantly
altered the standard for awarding attorneys’ fees under 35 USC § 285. He also
served as lead counsel in CDM Fantasy Sports v. Major League Baseball, in which
his team made new law in turning back Major League Baseball’s attempts to
monopolize the $1.5 billion per year fantasy sports industry, successfully defending
rights of publicity claims on First Amendment grounds..
|The Honorable Judge John C. Coughenour, Class of 1966
Coughenour was a litigation partner at the Seattle firm of Bogle
& Gates, before being nominated by President Reagan for the
federal bench in 1981. He served as Chief Judge of the District
from 1998 to 2004. During his time on the bench, he has presided
over numerous high-profile trials. Notable cases include a bank
fraud trial involving the Montana Freemen, an anti-government
group that had a three month standoff with the FBI in 1996; the
case of Michael Forwell, the British national sentenced to
15 years in 1996 for attempting to smuggle 72 tons of marijuana
into Washington; and the case of Ahmed Ressam, the so-called
“Millennium Bomber” who was convicted of attempting to blow
up Los Angeles International Airport on January 1, 2000.
In addition to his work on the court, he teaches trial advocacy
at the University of Washington School of Law and regularly
travels to Russia to participate in judicial reform activities with
next month,judges and lawyers, and hosts Russian delegations
in Seattle on an annual basis. Coughenour has served as Chair
of the Ninth Circuit working groups on Jury Instructions and
Gender Bias, and he is past President of the Ninth Circuit District
|Abhay Nadipuram, Class of 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nadipuram graduated Iowa Law with honors after receiving his
B.A. from Wartburg College in 2010. He excelled as a law
student and served as Co-president of the Iowa Student Bar
Association, earned the UI Distinguished Student Leader
Certificate, the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Student Leader Award, the Boyd Service Award for over
100 hours of community service during law school, the
Donald P. Lay Faculty Recognition Award for making distinctive
contributions to the College’s co-curricular, community,
and education programs; and was named the University of Iowa
Student Organization Leader of the Year in 2012. Nadipuram
practiced at Lederer Weston Craig PLC in Cedar Rapids and
Des Moines for his first two years out of law school, but recently
accepted a position as an attorney with the in-house legal
department at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines.
He begins in his new position on November 30. He serves on
the Board for the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers and previously
served on the Board for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in
Cedar Rapids. He also serves as District Representative for the
Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association and
former Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee.
|Deborah M. Tharnish, Class of 1980
Des Moines, Iowa
Tharnish is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm
were she practices business litigation and employment law.
She was a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors from 1996
through 1999, serving as the firm’s first female President in 1998
and 1999. Tharnish is a member of the Litigation and Labor and
Employment Law sections of the Iowa State Bar Association and
Iowa State Bar Association Trade Regulation Council. She previously
served on the board of the Iowa Defense Counsel and District 5C
Judicial Nominating Commission. In the community, Tharnish has
served as the president of the board of directors of the Iowa State
University Alumni Association, Iowa Legal Aid, Big Brothers and
Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines, Hawthorn Hill and the
Des Moines Public Library Foundation. She has previously served
on the boards of the Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project and
the St. Mary of Nazareth Parish Council. She is currently on the
boards of the University of Iowa Law School Foundation, Iowa Legal
Aid Foundation, and Anawim Housing. Tharnish receiving the Arabella
Mansfield Award from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and
was inducted into the Hoover High School Hall of Fame.
She is the proud mother of seven great children.
|Jeffrey A. Scudder, Class of 2006
While at Iowa Law, Scudder received the Iowa Governor’s
Volunteer Award, was a member of the Iowa Student Bar Association,
served on the Editorial Board of the Iowa Law Review and was a
Merit Scholar. He is a partner with Snell & Wilmer and his practice is
concentrated in complex business transactions, including mergers and
acquisitions, and corporate and securities law. Scudder has been named
in the Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Business/Corporate
(2014-2015) and is active in a variety of organizations in Phoenix
including Arizona Town Hall, the Lincoln Family YMCA and Genesis
Program, Inc. on which he serves on the Board of Directors. He is a proud
supporter of Iowa Law and serves as a Class Agent for the class of 2006.
|Steve McMahon, Class of 1987
McMahon has worked with Senators, Governors and other elected
officials and served as a senior advisor on several presidential campaigns.
He began his career on staff of United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy
and is the co-founder and CEO of Purple Strategies, a bipartisan strategic
communications firm located in Alexandria, Virginia, and McMahon Squier
and Associates, a political media consulting firm. At Purple Strategies,
McMahon has worked with BP, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Caterpillar,
Citi, Kellogg’s, and other global brands. Other clients of the firm include
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AHIP, PhRMA, The American Chemistry
Council and the United States Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his
role as a consultant, McMahon is a regular guest commentator on TV and
has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, the CBS
and NBC Evening News, he’s been a regular commentator on MSNBC's
Hardball with Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell Reports, and made
frequent appearances on C-SPAN's morning call-in show, Washington Journal.
In addition to this career successes, he is a wonderful individual, and loyal
Iowa alumni who has maintained many close relationships with the
Law School, faculty, staff and his classmates.
|The Honorable Thomas D. Waterman, Class of 1984
Pleasant Valley, Iowa
Justice Waterman was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011.
He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Before his
appointment to the court, he practiced at Lane & Waterman LLP.
Prior to law school, he obtained his BA from Dartmouth College in 1981.
He served on the State Judicial Nominating Commission (from 1999-2005),
and was active in numerous organizations, including the American College
of Trial Lawyers, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Jury Instruction
Committee for the Iowa State Bar Association. He served his community as
Chief Volunteer Officer for the Scott County Family YMCA and President
of the Rivermont Collegiate board of trustees. Along with his substantial legal
career, Justice Waterman is an accomplished athlete. He has completed seven
Ironman triathlons, and ultramarathons including the Leadville, Colorado 100
mile trail run, and the Grand Canyon “Rim to Rim to Rim." Justice Waterman
is married to Maria Mihalakis Waterman, Iowa Law class of 1987.
They have four daughters.
|Tom J. Riley, Class of 1952
(1929 to 2011)
Riley served in the U.S. Air Force (JAG) following graduation from law school,
then joined Simmons, Perrine, Albright, Ellwood and Neff in Cedar Rapids.
In 1960, he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives and at the end
of his first term he was selected as the Outstanding Freshman Legislator by the
Iowa Press and Radio Club. Riley ran for the State Senate in 1964 and was the
only Republican in Linn County to win election. Riley served as chairman of
the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and on the Commission to Reform
Iowa’s Court System. He sponsored many important bills that became laws, such
as equal representation in state reapportionment, the fair housing law, and
outlawing discrimination in employment due to age, race, religion, or national origin.
Throughout his legislative service he continued to practice law. After leaving
politics he taught trial advocacy as an adjunct and was a highly sought-after
speaker at state and national CLE seminars. In 1980, he established the
Tom Riley Law Firm and, in 1982, won a verdict against Procter & Gamble
for the death of a young Cedar Rapids woman who died of Toxic Shock Syndrome
after using Rely tampons. This case and others made national news.
Riley was generous in his donations to many organizations in his community and beyond.
|Marianne Culhane, Class of 1974
Culhane was appointed Dean of Creighton School of Law in 2010,
following 33 years as a Creighton faculty member. She completed her
deanship earlier this year. In her faculty role, she taught Banking Law,
Debtor-Creditor Relations, Secured Transactions, and Selected Commercial
Topics. Culhane and Professor Michaela White were the principal
investigators for two nationwide empirical research projects on means-testing
and reaffirmation in bankruptcy, with grants from the National Conference
of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and the
Nebraska State Bar Association. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced
law in Omaha and clerked for Judge Donald P. Lay of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Culhane is a past board member of the
Iowa Law School Foundation.
|Deb Paul, Iowa Law Registrar
Iowa City, Iowa
Deb Paul has been the Iowa Law’s Registrar for thirty years.
She is the initial contact, and often the first warm smile for
anxious new law students who are entering and navigating an
entirely new world. She started at the Iowa Law School in 1984,
and has been a fan favorite ever since. She is the first stop for
students seeking information about course enrollment, scheduling,
grades, progress toward graduation, state bar questions and
certification, academic policies, and other general questions.
Her door is always open and she provides a listening ear to all
students in need. She's also quite popular with alumni who are
returning for homecoming games or other university activities.
She serves on the Curriculum Committee, Internal Procedures
and Long Range Planning Committee, Student Honors and
Awards Committee, and the Student Services Committee.
|Joan Lipsky, Class of 1980
(1919 to 2015)
In 1966, Lipsky was the first woman elected to represent
Linn County in the Iowa General Assembly served six terms.
In the state Legislature her special interests included mental
health, special education, women’s equality, and reforming
women’s prisons in Iowa. She served as assistant minority
leader and a member of the Midwest Conference of State
Legislators. During her final term in office, she attended
Iowa Law. She practiced at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll P.C.
in Cedar Rapids.
|Maja C. Eaton, Class of 1984
River Forest, Illinois
Eaton is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, and is
a global coordinator of the firm’s Products Liability and Mass
Tort practice. She also serves as Sidley’s firm-wide co-chair
of the Committee for the Retention and Promotion of Women.
Eaton has been named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation,
published by Benchmark Litigation, the first magazine devoted to
honoring the achievements of female trial lawyers in the United States.
Benchmark Litigation also named her as one of the Top 10
Female Litigators in the country. Eaton is also featured as a
Life Sciences Star for 2012-2015 in LMG Life Sciences for her
litigation work, and is also is ranked as a leading lawyer nationally
in Litigation-Products Liability by Chambers USA: America’s
Leading Lawyers for Business – The Client’s Guide (2008–2014).
In addition to her litigation practice, she served as the 2012-2013
President of the Board of Directors for the Legal Assistance Foundation
(LAF), the Chicago area’s largest provider of pro bono legal services
to the poor. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of both
LAF and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Eaton is also a board member
of the Iowa Law School Foundation and serves as Secretary.
|John R. Wicks, Class of 1964
Scottsdale, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wicks has enjoyed a long, distinguished, and notable legal
career specializing in Estates and Trusts. A native of Iowa City,
he joined Dorsey & Whtiney, LLP, a prestigious Twin Cities law firm.
His leadership helped the firm of grow from 63 attorneys to over 600
attorneys worldwide. To enable this dramatic growth he helped develop
techniques for managing offices and establishing invaluable parameters
and procedures for future firm expansion. He took on a number of
leadership roles during his time at the firm. In 2001, he went “of counsel”
at Dorsey & Whitney and became President of the newly formed
Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company guiding it through its formative years.
He has been equally dedicated to his community as exemplified by his
leadership and service on a number of boards, including: the
Greater Rochester Area University Center, Rochester Civic Music
Association, the YMCA, and more.
|Ann M. Ladd, Class of 1986
Ladd has practiced at Fredrikson & Byron since her graduation
with high distinction. She currently is a shareholder at the firm in
Minneapolis where she practices in the areas of life sciences;
data protection & cybersecurity; advertising, marketing & trademark;
and intellectual property. She has extensive experience in software
licensing and e-commerce, patent licensing, and data privacy.
She is also on the Board of Directors and serves on the three person
Executive Committee. In addition to her work at Fredrikson & Bryon, Ladd
also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bakken Museum in
Minneapolis and for the Life Science Alley; and is a strong supporter of Iowa Law.
|Thomas C. Senneff, Class of 1958
Senneff was an Asst. Dean at the College of Law, University of Iowa
from 1971 until his retirement on July 1, 1996. While at the Law School
he served on various University and Bar Association committees.
In 1993 he received the Award of Excellence from the Association of
American Law Schools Section on Continuing Legal Education and was
elected Chair of the Section. Prior to his time at Iowa Law, Senneff served
in the First Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps during the
Korean War and was one of 17 U. S. Marines assigned to live and fight
with 2000 Korean Marines.
|The Honorable Helen C. Adams, Class of 1988
Des Moines, Iowa
Adams, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, graduated Iowa Law with high
distinction and Order of the Coif. She was the first in her family to
graduate from college and earn an advanced degree. Adams clerked
for Judge Harold Vietor, then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of Iowa, before entering private practice in
1990. Prior to her judicial appointment in 2013, Adams served as
Associate General Counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a
DuPont Business. She was a shareholder at Dickinson, Mackaman,
Tyler & Hagen, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she practiced
primarily in Employment Law and Trial Law, before joining Pioneer.
|John D. Shors, Class of 1964
Des Moines, Iowa
Shors is the most senior member of the Davis Brown Law Firm.
He has been heavily involved with The Iowa State Bar Association,
serving as its Vice President in 1990 and then as its President in 1992.
He was also President of the Polk County Bar Association, and has
held positions at the American Bar Association and The American
Judicature Society. Shors has also served as the Director of several boards,
including Edge Technologies, the Iowa Research Council, Mercy
Housing/Denver, and The Iowa State Research Park; and was also the
Chairman for the Iowa State University Foundation. He has co-authored
a two-volume book, and numerous articles involving business and tax.
Shors has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career,
including the Iowa Bar Association’s Award of Merit.
|Jason Smith, Class of 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada
Smith played basketball at Iowa from 1996-2001. A native of
Bettendorf, Iowa, Smith was a walk-on and earned a scholarship
his senior year. He was Academic All-Big Ten three times and was
named captain of the team his senior season when they won the 2001
Big Ten Tournament. He earned two B.B.A degrees in finance and
marketing prior to coming to law school. Jason now lives in Las Vegas
and is a shareholder in the firm of Santoro Whitmire, specializing in
complex business, contract, and commercial litigation.
|Sasha Schmid, Class of 1999
Schmid played tennis at Iowa from 1992-1996. During her last two
years of law school she served as assistant coach on the Iowa Women's
Tennis Team. After graduation she went to Stetson University to coach
tennis and taught Sport Law as an adjunct professor. Sasha currently
coaches the Mizzou Women's Tennis Team and teaches Legal Aspects
in Sport through the Positive Coaching Master's Program.
|Shera Wiegler, Class of 2004
Wiegler played tennis at Iowa prior to coming to law school. She
made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships in
1999-2000. Wiegler was Academic All-Big Ten, NCAA Woman of
the Year Nominee, and Recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
She currently works at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP as a trial
attorney where she serves as co-chair of the firm’s Medical
Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group.
|Willard (Bill) Boyd III, Class of 1984
West Des Moines, Iowa
Boyd is a member of Nyemaster Goode, P.C.’s Business,
Finance, and Real Estate Department. Prior to joining Nyemaster,
he practiced with a law firm in Washington, D.C. Boyd is a frequent
speaker on corporate governance, privacy, and business entity issues;
and a co-editor of the American Bar Association’s Guidebook for
Directors of Nonprofit Corporations (Third Edition). He is a past
chair of the Business Law Section and Trade Regulation Section
of the Iowa State Bar Association. Boyd is also a past chair of the
Nonprofit Organizations Committee and the State and Local Bar
Relations Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. He is a
recipient of the ABA’s Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award and a
co-recipient of the Award of Merit from the Polk County Bar
Association. Boyd has served on a number of nonprofit boards
including Humanities Iowa and Iowa Legal Aid. He has continued
to show his support and dedication to Iowa Law throughout the years.
|David Brummond, Class of 1975
Brummond joined the Washington, D.C. office of DLA Piper after
serving eight years as a Senior Sanctions Advisor for Insurance in
the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury
Department. As an OFAC Senior Sanctions Advisor., he assisted
in the development of compliance policy for the insurance industry,
provided subject matter expertise on insurance to the Office of
Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, assisted
in the drafting of licenses for insurance transactions and developed
recommendations for an appropriate OFAC response to sanctions
violations within the insurance sector. Previously, he served as
Legal Counsel to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program at the
Treasury Department. Before coming to Treasury in 2003, he
served as General Counsel to the National Fraternal Congress of
America, the trade association representing fraternal benefit societies;
was Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for
the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII), a trade
association of property/casualty insurers; and served in various
capacities on the staff of the National Association of Insurance
Commissioners, including the positions of General Counsel and
Acting Staff Director.
|Mike Chivell, Class of 1983
St. Louis, Missouri
Since 2007, Chivell has served as Managing Partner of the firm
Armstrong Teasdale, located in St. Louis, Missouri. He also chairs
its Executive Committee. Chivell oversees the strategic growth of
the firm, including the recent expansion of the firm into Colorado
by combining with a large group of attorneys practicing in the
Denver market. He has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers
in America, and has remained on that list since 2009. In 2012
Chivell received the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Law Firm Leader Award.
He is active with the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association
of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Blue Key Honors Society.
He was also in the United States Law Firm Group, serving on
the Executive Committee from 2008-2011, and was
President from 2009-2010.
|Amy Kretkowski, Class of 2008
Kretkowski has dedicated herself to helping veterans since
graduating law school. She is now serving as a veterans law
attorney at Hoefer Law Firm in Iowa City, where she helps
veterans from across the state and around the country gain
access to their benefits. Kretkowski started her legal career
as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims in Washington D.C. She's a mentoring attorney with
the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium Program out of DC where
she's currently mentoring 7 attorneys around the country who
are taking their first cases up to the CAVC. This fall she is
teaching a course in Veterans Benefits Law at Iowa Law;
it's the first time this has been taught at the law school.
|The Honorable Charles R. Wolle, Class of 1961
Judge Wolle is a former Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
who currently serves as a senior federal judge on the United
States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. After
graduating from Iowa Law, he was in private practice in
Sioux City until 1980, also serving as a Reserve Sergeant in
the United States Army from 1961 to 1967. Wolle was a
judge on the Iowa District Court, Third Judicial District,
from 1981 to 1983. He was appointed to the Iowa Supreme
Court in 1983. In 1987, Wolle was nominated by
President Reagan to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Iowa. He served as Chief Judge of the
Southern District from 1992 to 2001, and assumed senior
status in 2001. He and his wife Kerstin were married in
1961, have four sons (two are Iowa Law graduates), and
|Helen Longstreth, Class of 1959
Helen Longstreth and her family have deep ties to Iowa Law.
Her great uncle, Charles J. Rudolph, was a member of the
Class of 1896. Her grandfather, Samuel Howard Rudolph, Sr.
was a member of the Class of 1897. Her mother, Elizabeth
Rudolph, was a member of the Class of 1926. Her uncle,
Samuel Howard Rudolph II, was a member of the Class
of 1935 and was Research Assistant. Ms. Longstreth was the only woman in the Class
of 1959 and for a year and a half, she was the only female
student at Iowa Law. She was in the last class at the old law
school (now known as Gilmore Hall) and on the first editorial board of "The Advocate." She and her mother
are one of the first, if not the first, mother and daughter to
earn degrees from Iowa Law. She found her matriculation
at SUI a interesting and informational journey. She also holds memberships in
MENSA, Intertel, Daughters of the American Revolution, and
Dames of the Court of Honor. The latter two being
|Charles (Chuck) Peters, Class of 1980
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Peters is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gazette
Company, a company owned by a trust for the benefit of the employees
(ESOP). The company includes The Gazette newspaper, Hoopla,
and numerous online sites; Fusionfarm, a digital services agency
and ColorWeb Printers. Peters joined Amana Refrigeration in 1984
as general counsel, moving up to vice president for corporate strategy
in 1986, and in 1987, was promoted to senior vice president of operations.
At the age of 35, he was appointed president and chief operating officer.
Between appliance assignments, he was the CEO of Breakthrough, an
Iowa City start-up software and consulting company engaged in developing
effective early literacy programs for school systems. Peters was one of the
founding directors of Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, is a trustee at Coe College
and is active in many civic and charitable organizations, including the
United Way, the Hall-Perrine Foundation, and Junior Achievement.
|Carolyn Jones, Class of 1979
Iowa City, Iowa
Carolyn Jones is currently Iowa Law’s Dean Emerita and Orville L. and
Ermina D. Dykstra Chair in Income Tax Law. Jones began her academic
career at the St. Louis University School of Law in 1982 and taught there
until 1990. She joined the University of Connecticut in 1990. Carolyn Jones
joined the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004 as its first female dean
and 16th Dean of the College. She served as Dean until 2010 when she
returned to the faculty of Iowa Law. Her area of research interest is the legal
history of American taxation in the twentieth century.
|CJ Williams, Class of 1988
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
CJ Williams is an Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.
Following law school, he clerked with Judge O’Brien on the US District
Court for the Northern District of Iowa in Sioux City and then spent five
years in private practice. Since joining the US Attorney’s office in 1997, he
has been the lead prosecutor in hundreds of felony cases. In 2009, he began
serving on the U.S. Attorney General's Capital Case Review Committee, and
in 2010-11 he served on the Capital Case Unit, which assists on capital cases
in multiple judicial districts. He also has taught for many years at the U.S.
Department of Justice National Advocacy Center and at Iowa Law. Williams
has been honored with many awards over the years from the U.S. Department
of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Immigration and
Customs Enforcement and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
In 2014, he received the prestigious Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished
Public Service and Lifetime Achievement from the US Court of Appeals
for the 8th Circuit.
|Eugenio Mollo, Class of 2006
Eugenio Mollo, Jr. is the Managing Attorney of the Agricultural Worker and
Immigrant Rights Practice Group at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
(ABLE) in Ohio. ABLE is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance
to help low-income individuals achieve self reliance, and equal justice and
economic opportunity. Eugenio represents farmworker and immigrant clients
primarily on civil rights, immigration, and employment-related matters. Eugenio
began his career at ABLE as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, focusing his
advocacy on behalf of immigrant workers and detained immigrants. He currently
serves as the statewide co-chairperson of the Ohio Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant
Advocacy Task Force and is a Steering Committee member of Welcome
Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), the local immigrant-friendly initiative. In 2014,
Eugenio delivered a TEDxToledo talk entitled, “I’m Not Supposed to Be Here,”
available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQvtyO_jyGc. Eugenio is a
recipient of Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award and a graduate
of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. While at Iowa Law,
Eugenio represented immigrant clients as part of the Clinical Law Program,
served as Editor in Chief of The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, and was a
brecipient of the Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award.
|Karen Klouda, Class of 1987
For more than a quarter of a Century, Klouda gave endless hours
and worked tirelessly in the Career Services Office at The
University of Iowa College of Law. She honed her ability to listen
to, to learn from, and to genuinely care about the students and graduates.
Klouda greatly impacted the lives of literally thousands of Iowa
Law students and graduates in many ways -- not just helping them
write cover letters and resumes, or strategizing their job searches;
but helping them through the many trials and tribulations of
life, love, and law school. Her wealth of institutional knowledge is
amazing and her gracious loyalty to the College is beyond admirable.
Thank you, Karen!
|Donald R. Harris, Class of 1961
After serving as an infantry officer in the US Army upon graduating
from law school, he joined the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block;
becoming a partner in 1970. His legal career was centered on litigation.
In his early years he tried pro bono criminal cases, including armed
robbery and murder charges in Cook County criminal courts and later
represented prominent Japanese companies in litigation and business
transactions requiring numerous trips to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Guam.
He tried almost 100 cases in venues from coast to coast including business
disputes, antitrust, intellectual property and criminal matters. In 1980 he
was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served
on the ABA drafting committee for Model Jury Instructions for Patent
Litigation and authored various articles about U.S. litigation issues in the
International Legal Strategy publications. A fellow classmate recalls,
“Harris is remembered by all who took (or were taken by) Professor Vestal's
class in Procedure. I am confident in saying that Professor Vestal's
machine-gun style of presentation confused most of us in the class.
At the end of every class, Professor Vestal would turn to Harris, posing to
him, again in rapid style, all the questions Professor Vestal had left
unanswered in the class that day. Harris would recite all the answers to
all the questions while the rest of us would furiously attempt to record
what Harris was saying. Harris's understanding and intelligence were
legendary in the class of 1961. He carried those abilities to his
successful 50+ years at Jenner and Block law firm.
|Rita B. Garman, Class of 1968
Justice Garman was one of only five women in her Iowa Law class.
After law school, she returned to Illinois, first working as an attorney
with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society, then serving four years
as an Assistant Illinois State's Attorney. She worked in private practice
with Sebat, Swanson, Banks, Lessen & Garman until she was appointed
to the Illinois bench in 1973. Garman rose steadily from Associate
Circuit Judge to Circuit Judge to Appellate Judge and finally, in 2001,
was named a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. She is the second
woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and was sworn in as
Chief Justice in October 2013.
|Nix Lauridsen, Class of 1975
Des Moines, Iowa
Upon graduation from law school, Lauridsen’s father asked him to
assist with wrapping up a failing business for a six month period
before starting to practice law. Over the following months, Lauridsen
put that business on a profitable course and it has grown over the
years to become The Lauridsen Group, Inc. ("LGI"). Under his
leadership, LGI has gone from that humble start to a business with
nearly sixty locations around the world, employing more than 2,000
people and generating over a billion dollars in annual revenues.
LGI is now a collection of seven companies, each dedicated to
discovering and producing products to enhance human and animal
health and nutrition. Consistent with Lauridsen’s philosophy that
financial support will produce benefits for all members within a
community, over the years he has quietly shared his success with a
long list of persons, churches, high schools, colleges, universities,
and civic and charitable organizations in LGI's communities.
His generosity has resulted in numerous scholarships, mission projects,
grants, gifts, bricks and mortar projects, fine arts sponsorships, and more.
Included within that list of beneficiaries is the Iowa Law School.
Most recently, Lauridsen has funded the creation of the Law
Commons within the Law School.
|Janelle Swanberg, Class of 1979
For thirty-five years Janelle has served low-income and
impoverished Iowans as a staff attorney and Executive
Director of HELP Legal Assistance in Davenport.
She became the Executive Director in 2005. The office
is now known as the HELP Regional Office of Iowa
Legal Aid, and Janelle's title is Managing Attorney.
While managing and improving services as the office
has continued to face countless economic challenges
of its own, Swanberg has also continued to represent
clients individually as a highly skilled advocate.
She remains passionate about keeping the courthouse
door open for all.
|Elizabeth Orr Shaw, Class of 1948
(1923 to 2014)
During law school, Shaw was one of the first women to
serve on the editorial board of the Iowa Law Review.
She served as an Article and Book Review Editor.
Following law school, she was the first woman lawyer
hired at the Chicago law firm of Lord, Bissell, & Brook.
After starting a family and moving back to Davenport,
she became the first woman elected to the Iowa legislature
from Scott County. Shaw served in the Iowa House of
Representatives from 1967 to 1972 and in the Iowa Senate
from 1973-1978. During the 1977-1978 session, she held
the position of Senate Assistant Minority Leader. Later,
Shaw became the first woman to serve as Scott County Attorney.
Toward the end of her career, she practiced at
Deere & Co. in Moline, Illinois as an in-house environmental lawyer.
|Natalie Bolling, Class of 2003
Natalie Bolling is a Shareholder at Baker Donelson, where
she focuses her practice on financial institutions litigation
and employment law. Immediately following graduation,
Bolling served as a clerk to the Honorable Karen Wells Roby
of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana. Bolling has received numerous professional
honors including: Fellow, Leadership Council on
Legal Diversity (2014-15), Recipient, Baker Donelson’s
Barry W. Ford Diversity Award (2015), and Recipient,
Baker Donelson’s Associate of the Year Award (2013).
She is a frequent author and speaker; included among her
recent pieces is "Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace:
Go Alone or Go Together" in For the Defense (May 2015).
|Norman Erbe, Class of 1947
Erbe was a war veteran, governor, and attorney general of
Iowa. He was an officer in the United States Army Air Corps,
where he piloted a B17 during World War Two. He flew
thirty-five missions over Europe and was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross. He then returned to the University
of Iowa and graduated with a degree in law in 1947.
He served as the Iowa Attorney General from 1957 to 1961
before being elected the 35th Governor of Iowa. He was later
appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation by
President Nixon and then to the United Nations Transportation
Conference in Geneva.
|Chris Drahozal, Class of 1986
Drahozal is the John M. Rounds Professor of Law and
Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at
the University of Kansas School of Law. He is an internationally
known scholar whose writing focuses on the law and economics
of dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. He is the author
of numerous books and articles on commercial arbitration and
has given presentations on the subject in Europe, Asia, Canada,
and the United States. Drahozal has testified before Congress
and state legislatures on arbitration matters as well. He is serving
as an Associate Reporter for the ALI's Restatement of the Law,
The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and
as a Special Advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Drahozal has served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Charles Clark
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Justice Byron R. White
of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Judge George H. Aldrich of the
Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is the
Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Iowa Law fall 2015.
|Margaret Tobey, Class of 1980
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Tobey's career has focused on communications law. She was
named vice president of regulatory affairs for NBCUniversal in
2007. In 2001, she served as president of the Federal Communications
Bar Association. Prior to NBCUniversal, she practiced with
Morrison & Foerster LLP. She was also a partner with
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. and Sidley & Austin,
where she also specialized in communications law. From 1981 to 1987,
she was associated with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She clerked for the
Honorable Roger Robb of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit from 1980 to 1981. Tobey received the Iowa Law
Review Distinguished Alumni Award at its Centennial Celebration in 2015.
|Dick Levitt, Class of 1954
Levitt led the State Finance Company to Dial Finance into a merger
with Northwest Bancorporation, which create Norwest Financial.
After his retirement in 1987, Norwest Corporation merged with Wells Fargo,
which is one of the largest financial services companies in Iowa.
He and his wife, Jeanne, are generous contributors to the
University of Iowa and the College of Law.
Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law and UI President Emeritus
Iowa City, Iowa
Boyd became a professor of law at Iowa in 1954, serving on the
faculty until 1964, at which time he was named vice president for
academic affairs. He then became president of the University of Iowa
in 1969--one of the youngest presidents at age 42. As president of
the university, Boyd supported increased funding for the institution,
including higher faculty salaries. During the student unrest of the early
1970s, Boyd was credited with maintaining dialogue between the
administration and student leaders. An advocate of human rights,
he was appointed in 1962 as the first chair of the university's
Human Rights Committee. From 1981 to 1996, Boyd was the president
of the Field Museum in Chicago. In 1996, he returned to Iowa to once
again teach law. He taught a full load and co-founding the
Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. Boyd also served
an Interium UI President between Presidents Coleman and Skorton.
Among his many honors, he was elected to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences in 2000. He is highly respected and a mentor to many.
Boyd received numerous nominations for this project.
|Alejandro “Alex” M. Sanchez, Class of 1983
Sanchez came to the Iowa Law School after five years as a
financial disbursement officer in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to taking
his present leadership position with the Florida Bankers Association (FBA),
Sanchez practiced for two years in Miami, worked as corporate
counsel for a Miami bank and served as General Counsel of the
Florida Department of Commerce. As President and CEO of the FBA,
he directs the association’s state government relations and advocates
on behalf of its legislative program.
|Jeff Courter, Class of 1987
West Des Moines, Iowa
Courter is a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. and previously
worked as a law clerk to a Federal Bankruptcy Judge and to the
Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He served on the Section
Council of the Iowa State Bar Association's Commercial and Bankruptcy
Law Section and is a Past Chair. Courter is heavily involved in community
activities in leadership positions, including co-chairing the Dean’s Cup
Golf Tournament Committee, which organizes an annual competition
between Drake Law and Iowa Law to help raise money for Iowa Legal Aid.
He also generously gives his time to the University of Iowa Alumni Association,
where he is currently serving as Past Chair of the Board, as well as a member
of the UI’s Presidential Search Committee.
|James P. Hayes, Class of 1963
Iowa City, Iowa
Hayes served as Iowa Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety and then
as the first Director of the Iowa Crime Commission. After practicing at the
Meardon Law Firm, He opened his own law firm in 1999,
Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers, PLC. He has, and continues to be, involved in
many state and local associations and also volunteers his time to numerous
pro bono activities. He is a stalwart supporter of the University of Iowa and Iowa Law.
|Heidi L. McNeil Staudenmaier, Class of 1985
Staudenmaier is a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Snell & Wilmer,
where she practices Native American law, Gaming law and Business Litigation.
She participates in multiple professional activities as a lawyer, publishing
over 50 articles in professional practice journals and serving in many leadership
positions in the Arizona State Bar Association including Chair of the
Indian Law Section. From 1999-2000 she was President of the Maricopa County
Bar Association and also served as President of the International Masters of
Gaming Law in 2003. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Gaming law,
Native American Law and Commercial Litigation for over 10 years. Staudenmaier
is a board member of the Iowa Law School Foundation. She also volunteers her
time to Iowa Law Admissions to recruit students and as a reunion committee member.
|Wayne G. Hoppe, Class of 1975
Hoppe is retired after providing legal counsel at the American Medical
Association for over 29 years. His past colleagues praise him for his
expertise, good humor, sheer tenacity, trustworthiness, and steadfastness.
They indicate his stalwart work with medical journals and consumer books
was “indirectly responsible for helping physicians and other clinicians to care
for patients” and arguably changed “forever the way readers expected health
information to be delivered”. Under his care, the publications became trusted
and award-winning. Hoppe also foresaw the immense value of electronic rights
long before most people had any inkling of how intrinsic they would become.
|Leslie Davis, Class of 1995
Leslie Davis is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP and concentrates
her practice on complex commercial litigation. As an experienced, trial lawyer
she has been the lead counsel for numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration.
Notably, she successfully co-defended a leading building manufacturer in a jury
trial with a multimillion-dollar exposure. She is a member of the Board of Directors
for Legacy Charter School and Sinai Health Systems. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
appointed her as a member of the Community Development Commission (“CDC”)
where she works closely with elected officials, developers, investors and community
members to ensure that designated tax dollars are being equitably and resourcefully
utilized. She was a recipient of the 2014 POW Award for Leadership bestowed by
Womenetics and was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s list of 2014 Top 100 under
50 Diverse Executive Leaders list. Davis is an active member of Iowa Law’s Alumni Network,
always willing to help Iowa Law alumni and students get connected. She has been a
regular sponsor and participant in the Back to Iowa program.
|Daniel Stockdale, Class of 1990
Iowa Falls, Iowa
Dan Stockdale began his practice with BrownWinick in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 2000, he returned to his hometown of Iowa Falls where he currently practices
with High Bowden & Stockdale. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors
of Green Belt Bank & Trust and numerous other volunteer boards and community
organizations in Iowa Falls. He supports Iowa Law as a Class Agent and
Reunion Committee Lead for the Class of 1990.
|Lisa Krigsten, Class of 1995
Kansas City, Missouri
Lisa Krigsten is a partner in Dentons’ White Collar and Government
Investigations practice. She has first-chaired dozens of complex criminal cases.
As a trial attorney and then as a special litigation counsel for the US Department
of Justice, she investigated and prosecuted high-profile criminal cases across the US.
She has received two Special Commendation Awards and a presidential appointment
to be the principal deputy assistant attorney general for Civil Rights.
While in that leadership position, she guided the national enforcement of federal
anti-discrimination laws in a division with more than 500 lawyers.
Krigsten supports Iowa Law by teaching a week-long intensive Trial Advocacy
class annually and volunteering her time to present as part of the Iowa Law CLE program.
|Ed Hansell, Class of 1961
Des Moines, Iowa
In law school, Hansell (with his fellow student, Robert Heggen)
successfully argued the Supreme Court Day Law Club argument before
the Iowa Supreme Court at the law school in 1961. He began his legal
career in the USAF as a JAG officer where he received the Air Force
Commendation Medal for his service as a lawyer. Since 1964, he has been
with Nyemaster Goode PC (f/k/a Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien PC)
where he was the Chair of the firm for fifteen years. Hansell was a Trustee of the
Iowa Law School Foundation from 1975 to 1989 and has served as President of a
number of organizations, including the Young Lawyers Section of the
Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Law School Foundation, the
Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association Foundation.
|Linda McGuire, Class of 1982
Iowa City, Iowa
Dean McGuire has been a force for justice throughout her career.
Prior to joining Iowa Law, she worked in the Johnson County Attorney's
office focusing on violent crime prosecution and domestic abuse law reform.
At Iowa Law she has been a wise advisor to three deans and an inspiration to
generations of students. McGuire worked as Dean of Students, taught,
created the Citizen Lawyer program, developed the field placement program,
and so much more. She retired in August 2015.
|The Honorable Janette K. Rodecap, Class of 2001
Kansas City, Missouri
Rodecap was appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge in Jackson County, Missouri
in 2014. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as a trial team leader in
the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. There she worked in the Street Crimes Unit
for the majority of her tenure, as well as the Special Victim’s Unit. Rodecap worked to
improve the relationship between the office and the community as a neighborhood
prosecutor, and she implemented a new diversion program aimed at young, first-time
felony offenders. She was honored as the Neighborhood Prosecutor of the Year in 2012,
and she received the Albert A. Riederer Award in 2014. Rodecap is well respected,
honest, and hardworking; and a proud alumna and supporter of Iowa Law.
|Douglas Burrell, Class of 1994
Douglas Burrell is a partner at Drew Eckl Farnham in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is a member of DRI's National Board of Directors and in 2013 he received the
DRI Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award. He is an active alumnus
who is devoted to keeping the Iowa Law network energized, especially its
commitment to diversity. He was a member of Iowa's 1986 Rose Bowl Football Team.
|Brian Hook, Class of 1999
Hook began his legal career with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.
In 2003, he joined the Bush administration and held a number of senior positions
including Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations;
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations;
Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office;
and Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, at the Justice Department.
In 2009, he founded Latitude, an international strategic consulting firm based
in Washington. He was a senior foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney in the
2012 presidential campaign. In 2015, he co-edited a book on foreign policy
and national security titled, Choosing to Lead. He is a recipient of the
Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa.
|Kate Chilton, Class of 1985
Studio City, California
While in law school, Chilton was an Associate Editor of the Iowa Law Review
and an avid athlete. Following her graduation with distinction she practiced
at Kirkland & Ellis for two years and then joined Skadden Arps in Chicago
where she practiced as an Associate until 1993 when she joined Warner Bros.
Entertainment Company. She is the VP and Senior Litigation Counsel for Warner Bros.
where she supervises litigation and has overseen a number of high profile trials.
Much of her work relates to participation accounting and copyright infringement.
|C. Dana Waterman, III, Class of 1971
Waterman began his career with Lane & Waterman LLP in Davenport
where he is the managing partner. He practices in the areas of banking and
corporate finance; business organizations, mergers and acquisitions; securities
offerings and placements; and estate planning and probate law. In addition to
his law practice, he has been secretary and general counsel for Lee Enterprises
since 1989. He sits on the board of directors for Sears Manufacturing Co.,
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Genesis Health System, Augustana College,
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and the Adler Theater Foundation, as
well as the board of managers of the University of Iowa Health Alliance and
its affiliates. Over the years he has taken leadership roles with the many national
and local organizations, including the American Red Cross, Marycrest College,
Putnam Museum and Science Center, the WC Putnam Estate Trust and
Putnam Memorial Fund. Dana currently serves as President of the
Iowa Law School Foundation board of directors and Co-Chair of
Iowa Inspired: The Campaign for Iowa Law.
|Carol Havemann-Lynch, Class of 1972
Lynch spent her career with ExxonMobil where she served as
Associate General Tax Counsel from 2008 to 2012. She also served
Iowa Law as president of the Iowa Law School Foundation board of directors.
|The Honorable Annette J. Scieszinski, Class of 1980
After graduation Scieszinski worked for one year as a
Special Assistant to Dean Hines, helping with placement and student affairs.
She entered solo private practice in Albia in 1981 and several years later
formed a partnership, continuing with her general practice in the
Scieszinski & Owens Law Firm. Twice she was elected
Monroe County Attorney. After establishing a notable record of service on
numerous professional committees and civic boards, she was appointed to
the Iowa District Court bench in 1996, and additionally was selected for
the Iowa Business Court in 2013. Judge Scieszinski has served as
President of the Iowa Judges Association, and now chairs the
National Conference of State Trial Judges.
|Hannah Arterian, Class of 1973
Syracuse, New York
Arterian was Dean at Syracuse University College of Law for
13 years until 2015. She remains a professor of law at the College.
During her deanship a state-of-the-art law school facility,
Dineen Hall, moved from an idea to an entirely new home for the
College of Law. Prior to joining Syracuse, she taught at Arizona State,
the University of Houston and the University of Iowa Law schools.
She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Access Group, Inc.
|Lucille Schwilck, Class of 1939
Schwilck attended a rural Iowa school through the eighth grade.
In 1924 her mother announced Schwilck would attend high school.
After completing high school and attending Parsons College in Fairfield,
she received her M.A. at the University of Iowa in 1933. She taught at a
junior college during the year and attended Iowa law during the summers
until her final year when she quit her job to devote more time to her studies.
During law school she was one of the first women on the editorial board
for the Iowa Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. Upon graduation
she joined the Des Moines firm of Putnam, Putnam, Fillmore and Putnam.
In 1943 she accepted a job in D.C. with the U.S. Department of the Interior
and worked there for the next 21 years. In 1996 she received the
Distinguished Alumna Service Award from the University of Iowa.
|Gwynne Skinner, Class of 1991
Professor Skinner is an associate professor of law at Willamette University
College of Law, where she directs the Human Rights and Immigration Clinic.
She has created a vibrant and productive clinic experience in the area of
human rights that is regarded with praise and enthusiasm by students.
Skinner has received Willamette University's highest award this year,
the Jerry Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is also engaged
in international and domestic human rights advocacy.
|Bill Crews, Class of 1977
Crews has dedicated his life to making a positive difference to his community.
He’s served the State of Iowa and the City of Melbourne, Iowa as its mayor
from 1984 to 1998. After moving to Washington DC with his husband, he
continued his service at the US Environmental Protection Agency, the
District of Columbia, and the neighborhood of Capitol Hill as an elected
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. He currently works at the USDA
as a Performance Management Analyst to ensure it's effective
and efficient and regularly visits his native state of Iowa.
|The Honorable David Baker, Class of 1979
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Baker worked in private practice for 25 years, including forming the firm,
Riccolo & Baker, P.C., in 1989. In 2005 he was appointed district court judge
for the Sixth Judicial District and the next year was appointed to the
Iowa Court of Appeals. From 2008-10 he served as a Justice to the
Iowa Supreme Court. Justice Baker has been heavily involved in many
professional activities with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Linn
County Bar Association. He was inducted into the Iowa Academy of
Trial Lawyers and received the 2012 John R. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
Justice Baker is involved at Iowa Law as a volunteer and adjunct professor.
|Sid Ayabe, Class of 1970
While in law school, Ayabe was appointed to serve as the legal adviser
to the University of Iowa’s Judicial Board as well as having served as
resident adviser and head resident for South Quad. He began his legal
career back home in Hawaii as a Deputy Attorney General for the state.
In 1972, he left public sector law to join the Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura
firm and became a partner three years later. He was elected President of the
Hawaii State Bar Association in 1995 and has served on four
Federal Merit Selection Panels as well as having served as a member of
the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates.
Ayabe also served on the Hawaii State Judicial Selection Commission.
|Rob Youle, Class of 1976
Youle is a member of Sherman & Howard’s Denver office and has practiced
complex commercial litigation since 1976. He is a member of the board of
directors of the Iowa Law School Foundation, chairs the
Foundation’s Development Committee, and Co-Chairs Iowa Inspired: The Campaign
for Iowa Law. Youle has volunteered for the American Cancer Society for
over twenty-five years, holding leadership positions at every level including
service as board chair of the Society, its Great West Division, former Colorado
and Rocky Mountain Divisions, and advocacy and public policy affiliate,
the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
|The Honorable Pamela Frasher Gates, Class of 1996
Gates was active with the Trial Advocacy program while in law
school – serving as president of the board, placing first in the Stephenson
competition and competing with the National Trial Advocacy Team.
She was a member of the Iowa Law Review and interned with the
Legal Clinic where she argued before the US Court of Appeals for the
Eight Circuit in Long v. Nix. After graduation with Distinction,
Judge Gates began her career as an associate at O’Connor Cavanagh and at
Bryan Cave, becoming a partner at Bryan Cave in 2004.
In 2009, she was appointed to a judgeship with the
Maricopa County Superior Court – one of the largest judicial systems in the country.
|The Honorable Michael J. Melloy, Class of 1974
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Melloy began his career with the Dubuque law firm, O’Connor & Thomas,
where he practiced law until his appointment as a United States Bankruptcy
Judge for the Northern District of Iowa in 1986. In 1992, he was appointed
to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
He served as Chief Judge from 1992 to 1999. In 2002, he was elevated
to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, where he still
serves in Senior status. Judge Melloy also teaches
as an adjunct faculty member at Iowa Law.
|The Honorable David E. Ramirez, Class of 1978
While a law student, Ramirez was active in student recruitment efforts.
He was one of the founders of the law school’s Bridge the Gap minority
recruitment conference. After serving in the Denver city attorney’s office
and sitting on the county court, Judge Ramirez established the first municipal
juvenile court in Denver. Ramirez was appointed to the Denver District Court
where he served for ten years. He was an adjunct teacher at The University of
Iowa College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law, and he
regularly trains others judges and lawyers. Judge Ramirez has been a leader in
state, local, and Hispanic bar associations.
|Kelly Hnatt, Class of 1989
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
After graduating from Iowa Law with Distinction Hnatt joined the
Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.
She became a partner and specialized in securities and financial reporting
matters, and antitrust matters. She started her own firm when she moved
to Georgia in 2014. Hnatt is a board member of the Iowa Law School Foundation.
|Cyndi Nance, Class of 1990
A former chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Labor and
Employment Law and Employment Discrimination sections, Dean Emeritus
and Professor Nance is an ex-officio Council member of the
American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law (LEL)
Section and represents the LEL Section in the ABA House of Delegates.
She was recently appointed to the ABA Commission on Homelessness
and Poverty, and is a council member of the ABA Section of Legal Education
and Admission to the Bar, where she also serves as a liaison to the
Standards Review Committee. Professor Nance serves on the board of the
National Association of Law Placement Foundation, is an elected member
of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the College of Labor
and Employment Lawyers, and the American and Arkansas Bar Foundations.
|Kent Simmons, Class of 1980
Simmons is the co-founder of The Innocence Project of Iowa.
He has a successful track record in one of the toughest areas to
notch a victory: appellate criminal and post-conviction work.
His peers describe him as distinguished, innovative and accomplished.
Simmons helps protect the rights of all Iowans.
|Ray Beebe, Class of 1967
Forest City, Iowa
Beebe served as Vice President and General Counsel of Winnebago
Industries, Inc. from 1974 until his retirement in 2012, tying with the
Company's founder for the longest tenure as an officer in the Company's history.
Beebe is an extraordinary volunteer within the community.
A new track was constructed in Forest City for use by both the local
Forest City School and Waldorf College, was dedicated in April, 2015,
and was named "Beebe Track" to honor Beebe and his wife Joan for their
contributions to the college, the local school district and the community.
Beebe has served as President of both the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation
and the Forest City Education Foundation for many years, was
instrumental in starting a mentoring program in Forest City, has mentored
a multitude of young men over many years and Ray and Joan have served
as foster parents to a number of teenage boys in addition to raising their
own four children. Beebe is a recipient of the prestigious John K. and
Luise V. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedicated
service to the Forest City Community and he has been inducted into the
Forest City Educational Hall of Fame. He is currently an 11-year member
of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Law School Foundation and he
has served as Class Agent for the Class of 1967 for many years.
|Michael Martin, Class of 1966
New York, New York
Martin is a Distinguished Professor of Law and former Dean (as of June 30, 2015)
at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to being appointed dean in 2011,
he was faculty moderator for the Fordham Law Review from 1983 to 1995,
associate dean from 1995 to 2001, and interim dean from 2010 to 2011.
In 2001 and 2010 he received the Dean's Medal of Recognition, and in 2005
he was named Teacher of the Year. At the 2015 Fordham Commencement,
he received the Pro Universitate Medal, a new award, for his extraordinary
service to the University. The medal was bestowed on him by
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and president of Fordham University.
|The Honorable Scott M. Ladd, Class of 1881
Justice Ladd graduated from the Law Department of the University of Iowa
in 1881 and established his practice in Sheldon, Iowa. In 1886 he was elected
to the bench of the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District. In 1897 he became
a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court and distinguished himself as a member of the
Court for 24 years, including four years as Chief Justice. He served on that Court
with Emlin McClain, a former Chancellor of the Iowa Law Department.
Following his retirement he practiced law in Des Moines with his two sons,
the younger of whom was Mason Ladd who in 1929 became a
professor of law at the Iowa College of Law until his retirement
and was Dean from 1939 until 1966.
|Paul Harris, Class of 1891 (1868-1947)
After graduating from Iowa Law and moving to Chicago,
Harris opened his own law practice. He convinced several businessmen
to join him in a club for community and fellowship,
forming the first Rotary club.
|Jenny Schulz, Class of 1998
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Schulz is the executive director and founder of Kids First Law Center.
In 2005, she opened Kids First to help make children’s voices heard.
Kids First gives children a voice in divorce and custody conflicts
by providing focused legal representation and services for kids.
|Dennis Shields, Class of 1982
Shields became the Chancellor and 14th chief executive at the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2010. Immediately prior to becoming
Chancellor at UW-Platteville, Chancellor Shields served as acting vice president
of Student Affairs at the City College of New York - City University of New York.
He has held administrative positions at the Phoenix School of Law,
Duke University School of Law, the
University of Michigan Law School and the University of Iowa.
|Cynthia Moser, Class of 1977
Sioux City, Iowa
Prior to entering private practice, Moser served as a law clerk to the
Honorable W.C. Stuart, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Iowa. She is a partner at Heidman Law Firm, LLP
and is a frequent lecturer on health law and employment law-related matters.
Her professional organizational involvement is numerous, including
a year serving as the Iowa State Bar Association President.
|Dennis Groenenboom, Class of 1978
Des Moines, Iowa
As Iowa Legal Aid’s Executive Director, he has worked for Iowa Legal Aid
for over 35 years. He has served as a Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney,
Deputy Director and as Iowa Legal Aid’s Executive Director since May 1992.
In addition to practical experience serving clients and managing legal aid staff,
he has served on the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Civil Policy Group
and Board of Directors, serving as the chair of the Civil Policy Group in 2012
through 2014. He has worked with not-for-profit Board members for Iowa Legal Aid
and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation and has provided leadership on developing
collaborations with other agencies, government officials and
private individuals to more effectively serve Iowans in need.
|Jay Sieleman, Class of 1978
Sieleman has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of
The Blues Foundation since 2003. When he steps down in September 2015,
he will leave as the longest-serving executive in the foundation’s four-decade history.
The Blues Foundation is a Memphis-based international nonprofit organization
whose mission is to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support
Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
After taking the reins of the Foundation during a period of financial and
administrative turmoil, Sieleman engineered a remarkable turnaround of the organization.
His crowning achievement is the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame in May 2015.
He received the University of Iowa Alumni Association award in 2015.
|Druet Cameron Klugh, Class of 1978
North Liberty, Iowa
Klugh has been a Senior Reference Librarian and Bibliographer at the
Iowa Law Library since 2005. She goes above and beyond in her service to
the college, students, and patrons. As a recent alum says, “Druet is a smart, kind,
and sincere person who goes out of her way to help and encourage law students.”
Prior to joining Iowa Law, she worked in law firm libraries in NYC
and Denver, and at the Univesity of Colorado Law Library in Boulder.
|Corinna Zarek, Class of 2005
Zarek is the Senior Advisor for Open Government at the White House Office
of Science and Technology Policy. She is also an adjunct professor of Journalism
at American University. Previously, she was an attorney for the National Archives
and Records Administration and, before joining the federal government,
Zarek was the Freedom of Information Director at The Reporters
Committee for Freedom of the Press. She is a strong advocate for
Iowa Law in the DC area, connecting with new alumni and
current students working summers in DC.
|Neil E. Harl, Class of 1961
Dr. Harl is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture
and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Iowa State University.
He was Director of the Center for International Agricultural Finance from
1990 through 2004. This position involved assisting the countries of Central
and Eastern Europe, as well as the former Soviet Union and China, in their
transition to a market economy, focusing on the legal and economic problems
likely to be encountered in the transitioning process. Dr. Harl has published widely:
29 books, more than 400 professional articles and bulletins, and more than 850
articles in farm and financial publications. He has given more than
3,400 presentations in 43 states and 17 foreign countries, has received more than
30 major awards, and has served on six federal advisory bodies. He was recently
elected to serve as a Governor of the Iowa State University Foundation.
A recent addition to Curtiss Hall on the ISU campus has been named the
Neil and Darlene Harl Commons, in honor of Dr. Harl and his wife.
|Harold J. Gallagher, Class of 1916
(1894 - 1981)
Gallagher served as president of the American Bar Association from 1949 to 1950.
He practiced as a senior member of the New York law firm of
Willkie, Owen, Farr, Gallagher, and Walton, which is known today as
Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. He received the University of
Iowa Alumni Association Service award in 1968.
|Nolden Gentry, Class of 1963
Des Moines, Iowa
Gentry came to the University of Iowa as an undergrad and continued
on to Iowa Law. After graduating law school, he joined the FBI in
Newark, New Jersey. Gentry went on to become a founding partner in
the Scalis, Scism, Gentry & Brick Firm and is currently a sharebolder in
Brick Gentry, P.C. He has served on numerous boards of directors and
has also been a member of the State Board of Public Instruction
and president of the Des Moines School Board.
|Angelica Maria Hernandez, Class of 1993
Hernandez has been a member of the Houston Bar Association and
the State Bar of Texas. She was a Houston Bar Association Ambassador.
She was also the president of both the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. She has been a
recipient of the Consejo Legales Award, Hispanic Bar Association of
Houston President’s Award, Houston Bar Association's President's Award,
State Bar of Texas's President's Merit Award, State Bar of Texas Hispanic
Issues Section President’s Award and Linebarger Goggan
Blair & Sampson's Attorney of the Year Award.
|Jeff Jontz, Class of 1969
Winter Park, Florida
Following his clerkships for the United States District Court and United States
Court of Appeals in Florida, and his work as an Assistant United States Attorney,
Jontz has been in private practice in Central Florida, and now practices with the
law firm of Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears in Winter Park Florida.
Jontz served as a member of the University of Iowa Alumni Association
Board of Directors, and is the lead coordinator for the Class of 1969 reunion
(officially held every five years with semi – official annual events in every UI Homecoming).
|Alexander Clark, Sr., Class of 1884
Prior to law school, Clark was recognized for successfully suing the State of Iowa
to grant all children of Iowa the right to attend Common School (public schools).
Because of his lawsuit, his daughter was the first black to graduate from public
high school in Muscatine in 1871. He was spokesman for and chairman of the
Colored Men’s Convention in 1868, which resulted in the Iowa Constitution
adding a clause to grant political rights to the colored men in the State of Iowa
(two years before the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified).
Following law school, he was Appointed Minister and
Consul-General to Liberia by President Benjamin Harrison.
|The Honorable Frederick (Duke) Slater, Class of 1928
Slater was a Hawkeye football star who went onto play professionally
and earned his law degree at Iowa during the off-seasons. He started his
law practice while playing the final years of his professional football career.
He was an assistant district attorney in Chicago and then became the second
African-American elected as a judge in Chicago in 1960.
He became the first black member of the Chicago Superior Court.
|Jennie Wilson, Class of 1891
Wilson was the first full-time director of Law Library.
She was hired shortly after her graduation from Iowa Law.
|Mary Beth Hickey Wilkinson, Class of 1873
Hickey was the first woman to graduate from Iowa Law School
and one of the first woman in the country to earn a law degree.
|Chiu Po Su, Class of 1933
One of our first Chinese students, Su was from Mancheng Hsien, China (Hopei Province).
He joined Iowa Law with transfer credits from the law schools of University of
Washington, University of Chicago, and University of Oregon.
|Emlin McClain, Class of 1873
Emlin McClain continued his legal studies with one of Iowa Law’s founders,
Judge George G. Wright of Des Moines, becoming his private secretary after
Wright was elected to the U.S. Senate. McClain began practicing law in 1877,
continuing until 1887 when he became Vice-Chancellor of the Law Department
at the State University of Iowa. In 1890 he was made Chancellor, serving until
1900 when he received the nomination for Judge of the Iowa Supreme Court.
After his retirement from the court he moved to California to teach law at
Leland Stanford Jr. University. In 1914 he returned to Iowa City to serve again as
dean of the State University's Law Department. McClain was a prolific law writer,
contributing to many law journals and authoring numerous legal textbooks.
He was the compiler and editor of the code of Iowa published in 1880 known as
McClain's Annotated Code and Statutes of the State of Iowa. In 1894 he was
selected by the Senate of Iowa as one of the Code Commissioners
charged with formulating a revised code which was published in 1897.
|Moung Edwin, Class of 1879
Edwin was the first international student to graduate from both Iowa Law
and the University of Iowa. Originally from India, he had completed his theological
studies in the United States before enrolling in Iowa Law. He returned to India
as a minister after completion of his law degree.
|Pamela Meanes, Class of 1996
St. Louis, Missouri
Meanes is a partner at Thompson Coburn. She was the first African-American
in Thompson Coburn’s history to be elevated from associate to partner.
Meanes is the 2014-15 President of the National Bar Association (NBA).
|John Bouma, Class of 1960
After joining Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in 1962, Bouma advanced through the firm
to become its chairman in 1983, a position he held until December 2014.
He has generously volunteered his time to Iowa Law serving as a member of the
Iowa Law School Foundation. He along with his late brother, Bob Bouma (Iowa Law '62),
created the Bouma Fellowship in Trial Law, which was
Iowa Law's first endowed faculty fellowship.
|Charles (Chuck) Kierscht, Class of 1962
Kierscht served Kemper Financial Services, during a thirty year career, as CEO,
President and Chairman. He is dedicated to Iowa Law, as well as the entire
University of Iowa, which includes funding the Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht
Law Endowment Fund, providing faculty support, merit scholarships, and resources
for the Iowa Law Library. He was a long-time member of the Iowa Law School Foundation
board; serving as President from 2010-2014 and chair of the
Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century campaign.
|Carroll Reasoner, Class of 1976
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Reasoner was the first woman and youngest to serve as president of the
Iowa State Bar Association. She was named the Vice President for Legal Affairs
and General Counsel at the University of Iowa in 2008. Prior to accepting this
appointment she was a senior vice president at the
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. law firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
|Frank Pechacek, Class of 1969
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Pechacek is one of the founding members of Willson & Pechacek, P.L.C.
He has served on many Iowa State Bar Association councils and committees
relating to his law practice in the areas of corporate and probate work, estate
planning, trusts and real estate and previously served as Chair of the Iowa State
Bar Association’s Business Law Section and was editor in chief of the 2005
Business Law Manual. He is the current secretary of the Iowa Law School
Foundation Board of Directors.
|G. Duane (Bud) Vieth, Class of 1949
Vieth was the ninth lawyer hired by Arnold, Fortas & Porter in Washington, D.C.,
which is now Arnold & Porter. He served as managing partner of the firm from 1965-1981
and as the firm’s first chairman from 1981 to 1989. He was the lead donor in
establishing the N. William Hines Professorship.
|Charlie Wittmack, Class of 2006
Des Moines, Iowa and Charlotte, North Carolina
Wittmack is an internationally renowned adventurer and humanitarian.
He has swum the English Channel and climbed Mount Everest (twice), and is
the only American to have done both. After his wife was diagnosed with cancer
in 2010, he left his trial law practice to found a public interest consulting firm,
Charity Launch. Wittmack’s firm works on projects across the globe in collaboration
with organizations including Save The Children, the American Cancer Society,
MD Anderson, and the Mayo Clinic. He also operates an adventure travel
company called CK Wilder, which leads expeditions to seven continents.
|Alexander Clark, Jr., Class of 1879
Clark was the first African-American to receive a law degree from
The University of Iowa, which made him the first to receive a law degree
from a college west of the Mississippi River. His father earned his law degree
five years after him, making them the first African-American father and
son to receive law degrees from the same institution.
|Dean S. Mason Ladd, Class of 1923
While serving as the legendary dean of the University of Iowa College of Law
from 1939 to 1966, Dean Ladd continued as a professor of evidence and was a
nationally recognized scholar on the subject. In addition to authoring a leading
casebook on evidence, he participated in the creation of the Model Code,
Uniform Rules and Federal Rules of Evidence and was a major contributor as a
published writer and speaker. Following his retirement from Iowa, he became the
founding dean of the Florida State law school in 1966. His father,
Justice Scott M. Ladd, was an Iowa law graduate in 1881 and served on the
Iowa Supreme Court from 1897 to 1920, including four years as Chief Justice.
|Randall Bezanson, Class of 1971
Bezanson began his legal career clerking first for the Honorable Roger Robb
of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and
then for the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court.
He returned to Iowa Law in 1973 as a member of the Iowa Law faculty.
He left Iowa to serve as Dean of Washington & Lee University School of Law
from 1988-1994 and then returned to Iowain 1996 as a member of the
law faculty until his death in 2014.
The Honorable Mary Tabor, Class of 1991
Gary L. Cameron, Class of 1958
Edward Halbach, Class of 1958
Chuck Larson, Sr., Class of 1966
Doug Rendleman, Class of 1968
The Honorable Jeffrey Larson, Class of 1985
Scott Paulsen, Class of 1990
Monica Moen, Class of 1997
|Wiley Blount Rutledge, Jr. (1894-1949)
Rutledge was named Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in 1935. In 1939, President Franklin
Roosevelt appointed Rutledge to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. In 1943, Rutledge was
appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt. He cast votes in historical cases such as
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, which involved the right of Jehovah’s Witnesses to
refuse to salute the flag, and Schneiderman v. United States, the case of a California resident whose
naturalization had been revoked because of his communist beliefs. One of his most controversial opinions,
however, was his dissent against the execution of the Japanese general Yamashita Tomoyuki for war crimes
objecting to the use of hearsay evidence. He won wide public approval for his defense of the right of even a
defeated enemy to a fair trial.