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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.

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 address