CONTACT: MARK WUNDER
Director of Development
UI College of Law
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 22, 1999
Iowa Law School announces $25 million campaign
IOWA CITY, Iowa --The University of Iowa College of
Law and the Iowa Law School Foundation on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, publicly
announced a major campaign to raise at least $25 million to benefit the College
of Law. The Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century was strengthened
by a $1 million leadership gift from Charles Kierscht and his spouse, Marion
Kierscht, of Hinsdale, Ill. Charles Kierscht, a 1962 graduate of the Iowa
Law School, is chair of the campaign committee and retired C.E.O. of Kemper
Financial Services, Inc., Chicago. With the Kierscht gift, the campaign has
raised approximately $10.5 million of the $25 million goal.
Details of the campaign were announced Friday during
a dinner for the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors and other alumni,
faculty, and friends of the Iowa Law School. The dinner program featured remarks
from three people who have held the top position at the University of Iowa:
UI President Mary Sue Coleman; James O. Freedman, visiting professor of law
and former UI president; and Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, professor
of law and UI president emeritus.
"The Law School is a source of pride for the
entire University and is a vital resource for other colleges and programs
within the University and in the entire state of Iowa," UI President
Mary Sue Coleman said. "This campaign will enable Iowa to continue as
an innovative, national leader in legal education."
The Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors,
in consultation with the dean and the faculty, have established four priorities
for the endowment funds that will be generated by this campaign: faculty development,
student scholarships, the Law Library and technology, and professional skills-training
programs. Specific details of the campaign and opportunities for giving will
be shared with alumni and friends over the next year by staff and volunteers
of the Iowa Law School and the Iowa Law School Foundation. College of Law
Dean N. William Hines said, "Building strength in each of these core
areas of excellence will help assure our continued success in the coming century
and help us position the Iowa Law School for even greater achievements in
the future. Our goal is to continue to raise our law schools standing
among the very best law schools in the country."
Boyd said, "This is a vitally important time
for the Iowa Law School. This campaign will determine the quality of education
and the strength of our programs in the 21st century. I encourage every graduate
to consider how the Iowa Law School has changed his or her life."
The Kierschts $1 million gift will be used to
help ensure that the priorities of the campaign are achieved. "We are
in a time of immense change in legal education," Charles Kierscht said.
"The campaigns emphasis on faculty and students is essential because
we all know that its the people who are engaged in teaching and learning
that define the greatness of the institution. We must provide the financial
resources necessary for the Iowa Law School to achieve a margin of excellence
and compete successfully in the 21st century. It is not often that we have
an opportunity to make a positive difference. This is one of those times."
The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel
of support for private gifts to the University of Iowa College of Law. All
of the gifts it receives are processed through the University of Iowa Foundation,
which works with alumni, law firms, corporations, and friends to provide support
for a broad range of projects and programs at the University of Iowa.
The Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign
for the 21st Century
The goal of the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for
the 21st Century is to fund four areas of excellence and allow the College
of Law to retain and improve its position among the top law schools in the
Endowed Law Faculty Support
Endowing programs that support the facultys teaching
and scholarship will enable the Iowa Law School to keep the best faculty members
at the College of Law and to compete nationally for outstanding new faculty.
With additional endowed faculty chairs, distinguished professorships, and
faculty fellowships, Iowa will be less likely to lose the best scholars to
other institutions. The goal is to raise funds for endowed faculty chairs,
distinguished professorships, a deanship, and fellowships rotating among faculty
for development and research.
Endowed Student Scholarships
Support for students is critical. Only by offering more
merit scholarships and need-based aid can the College of Law remain competitive
among its peers. Iowas ability to attract the best students relies heavily
on private endowments for financial aid to bring those students to the College
of Law and help them excel. The goal is to raise funds for merit endowments,
need-based scholarship endowments, International Law Graduate Student Fellowships,
and special grants to reduce the debt load of students committed to public
interest law careers.
Iowa Law Library and Technology
State support is not adequate to build and maintain a
truly great law library. Private support will be vital in the future to keep
up the relative size and quality of the Law Librarys outstanding collection.
The college also will have to rely increasingly on private gifts to provide
todays technological necessities, including computerized retrieval systems
such as Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw, on-line database links, and software enhancements.
The goal is to raise funds for Law Library subject matter collection, Law
Library acquisition, a Law Library student computer facility, and an international
law librarian position.
Student Skills-Training Support
The Law Schools acclaimed interactive professional
skills programs receive virtually no state funding, relying almost entirely
on private gifts from law alumni and friends. These programs give students
the opportunity to balance classroom analysis and library study with "hands-on"
training in basic professional skills. Gifts to this area will cover the costs
of operating the highly regarded Legal Clinic, publishing four nationally
known journals, administrative support and travel funds for students to compete
and gain valuable experience in the schools advocacy programs, and support
other programs that give students real-world experience. The goal is to increase
endowed funds for the Legal Clinic, student journals, Writing Resource Center,
Trial Advocacy Program and Moot Court.
The University of Iowa Foundation
P.O. Box 4550 Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550
(319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973