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UI's Saks awarded professorship endowed by Waterloo native

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael J. Saks, a professor of law and psychology at the University of Iowa since 1986, has been named to the first Edward F. Howrey Professorship in the Trial Process at the UI College of Law.

Saks, who holds a doctorate in social psychology, is a nationally recognized expert on the use of scientific evidence in the courtroom and on the dynamics of juries as decision-making bodies.

The Howrey professorship was created through a gift to the UI Law School Foundation by the late Edward F. "Jack" Howrey, a Waterloo native who served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and later co-founded the leading Washington, D.C. law firm of Howrey and Simon.

"Jack Howrey was one of the country's most respected trial lawyers, so it's entirely fitting that Michael Saks, a leading scholar in the study of the trial process, be named the first Howrey Professor," says N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "This well-deserved recognition of Michael's accomplishments will allow him to expand his interdisciplinary research into the dynamics of the courtroom and changing roles of the key participants in adjudicating disputes."

Saks joined the UI law faculty in 1986 and was named full professor in 1988. A fellow in the American Psychological Association and a former president of the American Psychology-Law Society, Saks has been widely recognized as a legal scholar and as an eminent social psychologist.

He is co-author of the treatise "Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony" (West Publishing Co., 1997) and is the author or co-author of more than 30 scholarly journal articles and book chapters during the past two years.

Howrey earned his bachelor's degree from the UI in 1925 and began his legal studies at the Iowa law school before transferring to George Washington law school for his degree in 1927. He spent his entire career in the Washington, D.C. area, beginning in the late 1920s in the U.S. Justice Department where he helped conduct the investigation of antitrust in the motion picture industry.

He was a founding partner of the law firm Sanders, Gravelle, Whitlock and Howrey in 1937. In 1953 President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Howrey to head the FTC, and he served as chairman until 1955 when he stepped down to found Howrey and Simon.

Howrey's autobiography, "Washington Lawyer," was published by the UI Press in 1993. He retired from active law practice at the age of 80 and died in 1996 at the age of 92.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, the International Bar Association, and was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

When Howrey's gift for the professorship was announced in 1994, he said it was made in appreciation of the education he had received at the UI.

"I appreciate, too, the competence and character shown by UI graduates we've brought to the firm," he said. "It is a source of personal satisfaction to play a part in maintaining the excellence of the UI College of Law."

Howrey also has provided financial support to the UI in other areas, earning membership in memoriam in The Presidents Club, which recognizes the UI's most generous contributors.