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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 development.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous generosity of John and Bob Bouma, who are among the nation's most accomplished litigators," Hines said.

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