CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
(Editors Note: Jan Schlichtmann will be available to meet with the media
at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Old Gold Room of the IMU.)
"A Civil Action" lawyer to speak at UI about environment
and the law
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jan R. Schlichtmann, the lawyer whose wrongful death
case against W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods was the subject of the best-selling
book, "A Civil Action," will speak at the University of Iowa
Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. His
lecture, "Can there be environmental justice for all?" is free
and open to the public and is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee.
In 1986 Schlichtmann received national prominence when he represented
eight Woburn, Mass. families who sued W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods for
contaminating the Woburn City water supply. Schlichtmann's career and involvement
in the Woburn case is chronicled in "A Civil Action," which is
now a major motion picture starring John Travolta as Schlichtmann.
Schlichtmann concentrates in the area of plaintiff's complex civil litigation
including product and toxic tort litigation. He is a 1973 Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a 1977 graduate
of Cornell University College of Law. While at law school, he clerked for
the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and taught a college level course in
communications law at Cornell. After graduating from law school Schlichtmann
joined the staff of the U.S. House Special Select Committee on Assassinations
as special counsel.
In 1978 Schlichtmann began private practice in Massachusetts, gaining
notoriety as a trial lawyer in the field of complex litigation. Schlichtmann
has served on the faculty of the New England School of Law and Suffolk
Law School's continuing legal education program and has been on the faculty
of the National Judicial College, Reno, Nev.
In 1990 Schlichtmann, as a member of a special legislatively mandated
committee, helped draft a complete revision of the Massachusetts Hazardous
Waste Cleanup Statute that was enacted into law July 1992.
For more information about this Lecture Committee event, contact Ben
Lewis, event coordinator, (319) 341-0588. Also available to speak about
Schlichtmann and environmental law are: Jenna Bednar, an assistant professor
of political science who teaches a class in which "A Civil Action"
is required reading, (319) 335-2342; Seth Nieman, president of UI Environmental
Coalition, (319) 466-1083; and Ken MacDonald, an assistant professor of
geography, (319) 335-1137.