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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 12, 2003

New Faculty To Join UI College Of Law

Four new professors will join the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law this fall. Peggie Smith, Alexander Somek, Ethan Stone and Wendie Schneider will begin teaching when the new semester begins August 26.

Smith has been teaching at the Kent College of Law at the University of Chicago since 1996. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. and M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University. Her research specialties include employment law, family law, feminist legal theory, privacy and critical race theory.

Alexander Somek has taught at the law school of the University of Vienna in Austria since 1985, where he also teaches philosophy. He also has extensive international teaching experience, having served as a visiting professor at UI, University of Kansas and University of Sydney (Australia). His teaching and research interests include philosophy of the law, international comparative law and European law.

Stone comes to the UI after practicing corporate law for several international and Los Angeles law firms. He specialized in mergers and acquisitions, financing, tax estate planning and technology issues. He also taught at Chapman University in Orange, CA. His areas of specialty include corporate and business law, tax law and estate law. His bachelor's degree is from Harvard University and his J.D is from Columbia University.

Wendie Schneider received her J.D. from Yale University, where she also received her Ph.D. in history. Her B.A. is from Stanford University. Her areas of specialty include evidence, Anglo-American law, contracts, juries and professional responsibility.

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