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UI College of Law senior class establishes Public Interest Summer Internship Fund

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the University of Iowa College of Law Class of 1998 have established the Public Interest Summer Internship Fund through the Iowa Law School Foundation. Class members, who will graduate May 16, have made gifts and pledges totaling more than $20,000.

The fund will assist first- and second-year law students who volunteer part of their summer to public interest law organizations--agencies that provide legal service free of charge (pro bono) to clients--in Iowa and other states. These summer internships provide an excellent learning opportunity for students but generally do not provide a salary. Through the new fund, students who participate in the internships will receive financial compensation for their services.

The gift fund was announced at the senior class banquet May 12 by Julie Fishel, a senior who chaired the fund-raising committee. The first awards will be made for the summer of 1999 or 2000 as pledged funds are received from this year's seniors.

"More than 65 members of the senior law school class have participated, making this the most successful law senior class gift project in several years," said College of Law Dean N. William Hines.

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