Iowa Law News


The power of an introvert: Carol Havemann-Lynch (72JD) receives Alumni Achievement Award

Carol Havemann-Lynch was recently recognized with the College of Law’s Alumni Achievement Award for significant accomplishments in her legal career and service to the law school, including as former president of the Iowa Law School Foundation. Now retired from a 38-year career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, Havemann-Lynch brought her thoughtfulness, analytical skills, and natural concern for colleagues to a series of impressive positions with the company as well as leadership in the Iowa Law alumni community.

No joke: Hon. Sharon Soorholtz Greer (82JD) is serious about service

The Iowa Law Review Board recognized Iowa Law alum, Sharon Soorholtz Greer (82JD), for its Alumni Achievement Award. As a law student in the early 1980s, Soorholtz Greer frequently organized social activities among classmates. Her service-minded nature now extends to her work on the court, where she says she writes opinions so the litigants will be able to truly understand the reasoning behind the court’s decisions.

Hon. Rita Garman receives Alumni Service Award after paving the way for women in the Illinois judiciary

Iowa Law alum, Rita Garman (68JD), was recently awarded the University of Iowa College of Law’s Alumni Service Award. The longest-serving judge in Illinois at the time she retired in 2022, Garman’s story is one of tenacity and seizing opportunities that weren’t readily available for women.

Emerging Leader Award winner Ozan Varol on nonconformity, creativity, and doing nothing

Iowa Law Alum, Ozan Varol (07JD), is the winner of Iowa Law’s 2022 Emerging Leader Award. A rocket scientist (really), attorney, professor, and – most recently – author, Varol has taken steps on his career path that are both conventional and unconventional. He recently finished writing his second book, “Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity and Become Extraordinary,” and is gearing up for promotion and marketing in preparation for its release in April 2023.
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Iowa Law named Best Value Law School for 9th consecutive year

The University of Iowa College of Law has been named a “Best Value” law school for the 9th year in a row by the National Jurist's PreLaw Magazine.
Professor Derek Muller teaching Federal Courts in the Boyd Law Building

A Q&A with Professor Derek Muller: Breaking down Moore v. Harper and the amicus brief he filed in the case

Professor Derek T. Muller is the Ben V. Willie Professor in Excellence and Professor in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. As a nationally-recognized election law scholar, Professor Muller recently filed an amicus brief in Moore v. Harper, a case about partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.
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Iowa Law launches three new legal writing courses

The College of Law has a longstanding tradition of producing excellent legal writers, and Dean Kevin Washburn has made it a priority to continue to invest in and expand on programing that supports the development of this pivotal skill for our graduates.
2022 Alumni Award recipients pictured with Dean Washburn at Hancher Auditorium.

Celebrating the 2022 Law Alumni Awards recipients

Iowa Law launched the alumni awards program to recognize alumni who have made significant achievements in their careers and in their service to the College of Law. This year's recipients are...
Jake and his girlfriend, Anne Parrish, after the Minnesota Bar Induction Ceremony

Iowa Law grad pens a letter of gratitude for those who helped him along the way

Recent Iowa Law graduate Jake Bergman (22JD) shares his experience managing law school during a global pandemic and his gratitude for the professor and mentors who helped him along the way. Jake is currently in Minneapolis working as a SALT Consultant at Wipfli and earning an Executive LLM in Taxation at New York University.
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U.S. Court of Appeals visit highlights opportunities for law students to help veterans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims recently traveled to Iowa City to host live oral arguments at the University of Iowa College of Law and provide programing to students, alumni, and faculty. Their visit was an incredible opportunity for the law community to see the court in action and for students to learn more about the many and varied careers in veterans law to serve those who have served our country.