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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

April 15, 2003

Photos: N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law (top); Campaign Chair Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill.Click the thumbnail images to view high-resolution versions.

UI Law College Fund-Raising Campaign Exceeds Goal

Established in 1997 with a goal of $25 million, the "Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century" recently drew to a close with gift commitments of more than $32.8 million. Funds raised will benefit the college's core priorities--faculty development, scholarship support, the law library and professional skills-training programs--and other vital aspects of the college.

To celebrate the campaign's successful conclusion, the University of Iowa College of Law, the Iowa Law School Foundation and the UI Foundation held a special dinner April 12 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement in Iowa City.

"As I look back to the beginning of this campaign, I knew then that its outcome would be a defining moment for our law school," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "I knew that campaign results would be vitally important in determining whether or not the Iowa Law School could build on its strengths and realize its potential for academic excellence. Thanks to the gifts of so many generous alumni, faculty, staff, friends and organizations, the college is now poised to not just retain, but to improve its position among the top law schools in the United States."

Hines said campaign contributions will help ensure that deserving students receive appropriate recognition for their achievements, that students in need receive necessary assistance, and that faculty continue their teaching and research at the highest levels. Gift commitments will also help the Iowa Law Library maintain and improve its collection, and the professional skills-training programs expand to meet growing demand.

"This campaign was a great opportunity for law school alumni to give something back to the school," said campaign chair Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill., former chairman and CEO of Kemper Financial Services and 1962 graduate of the law school. "These gifts to the campaign mean that the Iowa Law School will maintain its tradition of leadership and innovation far into the 21st century."

Celebration dinner speakers included Dean Hines, Kierscht and 1972 Iowa Law School graduate Carol A. Havemann Lynch of Houston, Texas, president of the Iowa Law School Foundation board of directors and upstream general tax counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation.

"This campaign is a testament to the importance of private gift support," said Mark V. Wunder, director of development, Iowa Law School Foundation, and 1987 graduate of the law school. "That so many alumni and friends rallied around this cause shows just how important the law school has been, is and will continue to be for law students, professionals and the state of Iowa."

The law school campaign is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the campaign will run through 2005 and is being conducted by the UI Foundation. The campaign is raising private funds to help launch educational 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 acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit the UI Foundation's web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark V. Wunder, (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973, Writer: Peter Ylvisaker.