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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

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.