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Patricia Nassif Acton

Boyd Law Building
Clinical Professor of Law Emerita

At Iowa, she has taught Clinical Law, Commercial Transactions, Arts & Entertainment Law, Trusts and Estates, and the Legal History of Iowa. She also has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida School of Law. For a number of years while at Iowa Professor Acton served as the on-site director of the London Law Consortium, a study abroad program for students from seven American law schools. When in London, she taught Arts and Entertainment Law from a comparative perspective. She has also regularly taught the British Legal Methods Clinical Program.

Professor Acton joined the Iowa law faculty in 1981. Before doing so, she practiced law for several years at Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


She is a member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations.


Professor Acton is the author of numerous books and articles, including (with Selz, Simensky, and Lind) the multi-volume Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices, and (with Richard, Lord Acton) To Go Free: A Treasury of Iowa's Legal Heritage (Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, 1996, State Historical Society of Iowa). She is a member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations.


BA, University of Iowa, 1971

JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1974

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