CONTACT: JACQUELINE V. HARRINGTON
Director of Development
Iowa Law School Foundation
UI Foundation News
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UI College of Law senior class establishes Public Interest Summer
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.