Iowa Law News


Inspiring the next generation of Iowa lawyers

Iowa Law alum Tim Semelroth (97JD) has always had a passion for mock trial. As a coach, Tim has helped students examine legal processes and current legal issues as well as develop important critical-thinking, fundamental research, preparation, and presentation skills.

Taking experiential learning to the next level

Through his joint relationships with the College of Law and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dan Matheson has developed a national interdisciplinary student sports law competition that stands out as the first of its kind.

The Loveliest Books in the Law Library – 2023 edition

There is always something to love in the Law Library! This Valentine’s Day, come fall in love with some of the fabulous volumes we hold in our collection.
Nick Goodenow

Finding purpose in serving others

Read about third-year law student Nick Goodenow and his long track record of serving others. His commitment to service began when he was young, continued throughout college, and will carry on through his new job as a public defender for the state of Colorado next year.
22-23 London Law Program students

Iowa Law's London Law Program returns for 2022-2023 winter session

The London Law Program at Iowa Law will resume this winter after being postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to law students who are in good standing at ABA accredited schools and who have completed their first year, with preference given Iowa Law students.

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.
Aerial view of students sit in the Seldin Portico during fall.

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.