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Constitutional expert teaches at UI during spring semester

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thomas O. Sargentich, professor of law at American University and one of the nation's leading scholars on the legal authority of different branches of government, will be the first Daniel Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law for the spring 1997 semester.

Sargentich, who is also co-director of the Program on Law and Government at American University's Washington College of Law, will teach a course on administrative law and a seminar on "Constitutional Theory: Separation of Powers." Law school classes began Monday, Jan. 13.

"Thomas Sargentich is an excellent administrative law teacher and one of the foremost experts in the country on the separation of powers between the different branches of government," says N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "He sets a high standard as the first Daniel Visitor to the law school. Our students and faculty look forward to the benefits his semester visit to Iowa will bring us."

Sargentich has been a faculty member at American University since 1983. He has also taught at the Georgetown University Law Center. From 1978 to 1983, Sargentich was an attorney for the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, serving as attorney-advisor (1978-1982) and as senior attorney advisor (1982-83).

Sargentich has published and lectured widely on the legal issues surrounding separation of powers, administrative law, presidential authority and other issues.

He presently serves as vice chair of the Committee on Government Organization and Separation of Powers of the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy. He has also held a number of other positions with the ABA and other national legal groups.

As a faculty member, he has won awards from the Washington College of Law for his teaching and for his contributions as a faculty-scholar to the college.

Sargentich holds a law degree from Harvard University.

The annual Daniel Visiting Professorship was created in 1994 through a $1 million endowment from the estate of Robert O. Daniel, law class of 1939, of Cedar Rapids. Daniel practiced throughout his career with the firm of Shuttleworth and Ingersoll.