CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Jan. 31, 2000
Law school program aimed at keeping legal talent in Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association
and the University of Iowa College of Law have designated Feb. 2-3 as Iowa
Law Days, an event that includes a series of programs that will celebrate
reasons to stay and practice law in Iowa.
Iowa Law Days begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 with the first of two one-hour
discussions, "Quality of Life Discussion," followed by "Life
Outside of Work: The Iowa Scene."
The two-day celebration culminates at a 6 p.m. banquet Feb. 3 at the Iowa
City Plaza Hotel. Gov. Tom Vilsack will give the keynote address.
Emily Hughes, Johnson County assistant public defender and Young Lawyers
Division membership committee co-chair, says Vilsack is among 16 notable Iowa
judges and attorneys scheduled to speak at various programs.
Hughes says the event was designed to showcase the fact that the quality
of life of attorneys working in Iowa is outstanding compared to the quality
of life of attorneys working in large metropolitan cities. Hughes also says
she hopes the event will draw attention to Iowa's need to maintain a "diversity
of fresh ideas, interests, and backgrounds."
Vilsack, in recent months, has talked publicly about his administration's
efforts to curb the flight of workers who are leaving Iowa and taking their
talents to other states.
Karen Klouda, director, UI College of Law Career Services, says a further
goal of the event is to help the state's employers attract the best and brightest
from the Iowa law school. UI College of Law Career Services statistics for
1998 showed that 61 percent of the college's 202 graduates were employed outside
Iowa Law Days is a modified version of Iowa Law Month, sponsored solely
by the Career Services Office and held annually in February for the past 12
years. This is the first year the Young Lawyers Division and the UI College
of Law have joined to create Iowa Law Days.
Iowa Law Days schedule of events
(Held at the UI College of Law, except as noted):
Wednesday, Feb. 2
-- Quality of Life Discussion, 4 to 5 p.m., Room 285. Iowa attorneys Steve
Colloton, Des Moines; Eleanor Dilkes, Iowa City city attorney, Sue Dulek,
Legal Services; and Christopher O'Donohoe, of New Hampton
-- Life Outside of Work: The Iowa Scene, 5-6 p.m. Room 285. Jane Kelly,
assistant federal public defender, Cedar Rapids; Paul Morf, a Cedar Rapids
attorney; Bruce Nestor, president-elect, National Lawyers Guild; and Nathan
Overberg, a Des Moines attorney
Thursday, Feb. 3
-- Judicial Clerkships, 4-5 p.m. Room 235. The Honorable David Hansen, Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals; John Jarvey, Chief Magistrate Judge, Northern District
of Iowa; Michael Melloy, United States District Court, Northern District of
Iowa; and Michael Streit, Iowa Court of Appeals
-- Making Headlines in Iowa, 5-6 p.m. Room 235. Attorneys Roxanne Conlin,
Roxanne Conlin & Associates, Des Moines; Diane Kutzko, Shuttleworth &
Ingersoll, Cedar Rapids; Pat Roby, Elderkin & Pirnie, Cedar Rapids; and
Robert V.P. Waterman, Jr., Lane and Waterman, Davenport
-- Banquet, Iowa City Plaza Hotel, 6 p.m. Gov. Vilsack will give the keynote