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Gift provides support for foreign periodicals and monographs at UI Law Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law has made a gift to the Iowa Law School Foundation to provide support for the acquisition and preservation of foreign periodicals and monographs at the University of Iowa College of Law Library.

Lucille Schwilck of Baltimore, Md., graduated from the UI College of Law in 1939. She established the Lucille Schwilck Foreign Periodicals and Monographs Fund because of her interest in world affairs and international law. The publications purchased and maintained through her support will be used by law students and faculty, especially those involved with international law and comparative law programs. The materials also will be available to attorneys who conduct research at the law library.

"State support provides the basic resources but state funding alone is not adequate to build a truly great law library," said Arthur Bonfield, UI College of Law associate dean for research. "The law school relies on private gifts to offer our students an exceptional education and to provide the resources needed by our faculty members to stay current on legal issues around the world. We are grateful to generous alumni and friends like Lucille Schwilck."

In 1939 Lucille Schwilck left Iowa City to begin a job with a Des Moines law firm. In the 1940s she argued cases before the Iowa Supreme Court, and later worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior, specializing in settling disputes over land grants between the government and railroad companies. She retired in 1964 and spent 12 years traveling the world, including time as a volunteer teaching English to students in Chile.

Lucille Schwilck is the oldest woman law graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and remains active in the Baltimore community volunteering at the local library and teaching English as a second language. She was unable to attend commencement in 1939 but returned to Iowa City in December 1996 to participate in commencement ceremonies and receive her J.D. hood.

Schwilck's gift is among the first for the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century, which will raise funds for the law library, enhanced technology, program support, endowed faculty chairs, distinguished professorships, and student scholarships.

The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private gifts to the UI College of Law. The foundation works with alumni, law firms, friends, and corporations to assist them in providing support to the college's students, faculty, and programs.

The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus-wide fund-raising organization, serves as the channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation by providing professional and technical support services.