CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 6, 2001
Conference courts women for legal careers
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
This year's Women in Law Conference on Saturday, March 31 at the University
of Iowa College of Law promises to be beneficial for prospective female law
students who have questions about the study of, and opportunities available
to women in law.
The conference -- free for UI students, and $10 for
the general public-- is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boyd Law Building. The
cost includes breakfast with faculty and a luncheon. Participants should register
in advance by calling (319) 335-9052 or at email@example.com.
The Organization for Women Law Students and Staff
(OWLSS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and annually holds the
conference. OWLSS has invited Chief Judge Rosemary Shaw Sackett, Iowa Court
of Appeals, as the keynote speaker. Sackett, who has sat on the appeals court
for 18 years, will give an address from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Boyd Law Building.
"The conference will allow prospective students to
see firsthand the type of supportive environment the University of Iowa College
of Law offers to women law students," said Emily Cox, second-year law student
and conference coordinator.
Prospective students will have opportunities to speak
with UI law faculty and with current law students, receive information from
financial aid and admissions representatives, and talk with different members
of the law community and legal field, Cox said.
To introduce students to the Socratic, or participatory
style of teaching focused on problem solving, conference organizers have planned
a mock class, and have invited law school graduates to speak about how they
are using their law degrees in various career fields.
The keynote address will be devoted to how the make-up
of the law school community has changed in the past 25 years, specifically
the increased number of women in the field, Cox said. The conference also
includes elements that focus on the progress women have made in the field
during those same years and will look at the goals anticipated for women during
the next 25 years, Cox said.
The conference is an annual event by OWLSS and is
supported annually by the law school and by the UI Student Government.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact OWLSS in advance at (319) 335-9052.