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Former Clinton White House Counsel Mikva gives lecture at UI March 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Abner J. Mikva, former White House Counsel and former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, will lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law on the separation of powers among branches of government Thursday, March 6.

Mikva, who served as White House Counsel from Oct. 1, 1994 to Nov. 1, 1995, will present the talk, "The Separation of Powers: Wandering Among the Branches," at

4:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Mikva's visit to the UI is sponsored by the College of Law and the UI department of political science.

Mikva, who has served in all three branches of government during his 40-year career in public service, will be a practitioner-in-residence at the law school beginning March 6. He will meet with faculty and students in the College of Law and the department of political science in a series of presentations and discussions.

Mikva was appointed to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most influential appellate courts other than the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1979. He served as chief judge of the court from 1991 to 1994, when he was appointed White House Counsel for the Clinton Administration.

Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Mikva served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing portions of Chicago and its suburbs.

His political career began in 1956 when he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.

Mikva has taught at the law schools of Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.

He is the co-author of a political science textbook on Congress entitled, "The American Congress: The First Branch," and is co-author of a legal textbook, "Legislative Process."

Mikva holds a law degree from the University of Chicago.