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Director of Development
Iowa Law School Foundation
UI Foundation News
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Release: July 23, 2002
Iowa Law School Foundation board member gifts establish fellowship
A $250,000 gift from John Bouma of Phoenix and Robert "Bob" Bouma
of Chicago will create the Bouma Fellowship in Trial Law in the University
of Iowa College of Law.
The Boumas, both members of the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors,
are natives of Pocahontas, Iowa. They are the sons of Jack and Gladys Bouma,
who lived in Pocahontas until their deaths.
John Bouma attended the University of Iowa, earning his B.A. degree in 1958
and a J.D. in 1960. Robert graduated from the UI College of Law in 1962 after
receiving his undergraduate degree in 1960 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
The Bouma Fellowship in Trial Law is the College of Law's first faculty
fellowship. It will be used to support the scholarly endeavors of a faculty
member in the field of trial law and will recognize noteworthy accomplishments
in teaching, research or professional service in various aspects of trial
law such as civil procedure, complex litigation, federal practice and procedure,
evidence, trial practice and alternative dispute resolution. Faculty fellowships
are awarded to tenured faculty members who are in the early stages of highly
promising academic careers.
The college's Dean N. William Hines said the Bouma Fellowship in Trial Law
would enable the College of Law to confer special recognition on rising faculty
stars in the field of trial law and encourage them to continue pursuing their
teaching and research at the Iowa Law School by supporting the holder's professional
"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous generosity of John and
Bob Bouma, who are among the nation's most accomplished litigators,"
The Boumas have held a variety of leadership positions. Both served as editors
of the Iowa Law Review while in law school. Throughout his career, John has
been an attorney at Snell and Wilmer in Phoenix. He has been chairman of the
firm since 1982. Bob is a senior partner at McDermott, Will & Emory in
Chicago and is head of the firm's trial department. Prior to joining the firm,
he was senior vice president and general counsel of Household International,
and before that he held top positions in the legal departments of several
other large corporations.
The Bouma gift to create a faculty fellowship supports the Iowa Law School
Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century, part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive
campaign, which will continue through 2005 and is being conducted under the
guidance of the UI Foundation. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign
to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort is raising private
funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially
increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support
new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment, and fund
outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. For more information about the Good. Better.
Best. Iowa campaign, visit its web site at www.GoodBetterBestIowa.org.