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University of Iowa News Release

July 2, 2003

Three UI Law Professors Awarded Named Professorships

UI law professors John C. Reitz, John-Mark Stensvaag and James Tomkovicz have been awarded named professorships by the university.

Reitz will hold the Edward L. Carmody Professorship; Stensvaag will hold the Frederick and Charlotte Hubbell Professorship in Environmental Law; and Tomkovicz will hold the Edward Howrey Professorship in Trial Law.

"These professors' dedication and creativity as teachers, their consistent production of nationally recognized scholarship, and their important contributions to the college, the university, the academy and the profession make them extraordinarily vital and valued members of the law school community," said N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law.

Reitz is the college's associate dean for international and comparative law programs. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School, Reitz joined the law faculty in 1983. He has been a leader in the university's efforts to globalize education at Iowa and has been key in the development of the college's Masters in Law (LLM) program in international and comparative law. His scholarship is primarily in the comparative law field, where he has established himself as one of the leading comparativists in the U.S.

"The breadth of John's comparative law scholarship is impressive to his peers around the world, but it is his willingness to dig deeply into national differences, explore new approaches and advance innovative analyses that sets him apart from most other comparativists of his generation," Hines said. "At a time of increasing proposals for global solutions to conflicts in the sovereign nation's legal rules and practices, John has been a leader in identifying and exploring how differences in the underlying structure of nations' legal systems, in their socio-economic conditions and in cultural customs impede the implementation of overarching global standardization in laws."

Stensvaag graduated from Augsburg College and Harvard University Law School, joining the UI law faculty in 1988 after teaching at Vanderbilt University for eight years. In his 15 years at UI, he has twice won the prestigious Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award.

Stensvaag is the author of one of the leading textbooks in the field of environmental law, and he is also the author and editor of a massive publication in the field of hazardous waste management that he continues to update on a monthly basis. Stensvaag's book is the basic reference source relied upon by nearly every professional who works in the field.

"His book is based upon two detailed statutes, complicated administrative regulations and numerous arcane court decisions that are so complex and technical that gaining command of the entire field was a daunting task," said Hines. "John-Mark has mastered this field to the point that he is the acknowledged national authority on interpreting, analyzing and applying the fine print of environmental laws to real world problems. His research and scholarly efforts thus not only make major contributions to the literature of his specialized fields, they also assist those who must work with these laws on a daily basis to understand them better and imagine ways to improve their effectiveness."

Tomkovicz graduated from the University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles Law School before coming the UI College of Law in 1981. His teaching and scholarship focus is constitutional criminal procedure issues. He is co-author of a widely used criminal procedure textbook, and last year published a highly acclaimed book, "The Right of Assistance of Counsel," which served to strengthen his position as one of the top scholars in the nation on criminal procedure law.

"His stature in the constitutional criminal procedure field is perhaps best demonstrated by the three recent requests he has honored from national civil liberties and criminal defense associations to submit briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on important constitutional criminal procedure issues," Hines said. "Besides academic citations, Jim's scholarship is frequently cited in groundbreaking court decisions covered extensively by the national media."

Two of the new professorships are named for distinguished alumni of the College of Law. Edward L. Carmody was a 1933 graduate who enjoyed a distinguished career in banking. Fred and Charlotte Hubbell are both 1976 graduates now living in The Netherlands, where Fred is a top executive with ING Financial Services International. The third professorship is named in honor of Edward Howrey, who was a native of Waterloo and became one of the most outstanding trial lawyers in the U.S. He was a founding partner in the well-known Washington, D.C., firm Simon & Howrey.

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