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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 3, 2003

Chicago Attorney, Business Owner Is Law School's Practitioner-In-Residence

David Crawford, lawyer, venture investor and consultant, will discuss business and corporate law, work-life balance and the notion of citizen lawyering as the UI College of Law's fall semester practitioner-in-residence next week.

Crawford is a co-founder and principal at Technology Advisors Group, LLC, a national venture investing and consulting partnership based in Chicago. He is currently serving as CEO for one of TAG's clients, Focus Technologies Group, LLC, a Northbrook, Ill.-based financial services software company.

He will visit UI law classes and meet with students and faculty from Oct. 7-9. He will also give two discussions open to the public: "Citizen Lawyers: The Role of Community, Family, and Faith in a Legal Career" on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 235 of the Boyd Law Building; and "Can't We Spend One Night in Milan? An Inside Look at an IPO Roadshow in Europe," on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2:20 p.m. in Room 115 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission to both presentations is free.

Enrique Carrasco, a UI law professor who is coordinating the visit, said Crawford is a highly successful attorney whose career will serve as a good role model for UI law students.

"He's had an interesting career trajectory and has had success in a diverse number of fields, and he can help our students not only learn about the law but determine their career directions," Carrasco said.

After graduating from Georgetown Law School, Crawford worked at the Chicago firm of Kirkland and Ellis, one of the nation's top law firms. He then became corporate counsel for Equity Office Properties, the nation's largest, publicly traded owner and operator of commercial office buildings, where he also oversaw the company's information technology and telecommunications group, human resources and training, internal audit, and facilities management. Later, he led Allied Riser Communications Corporation, a provider of broadband services.

While at the College of Law, Crawford will meet with students in classes and student group meetings to discuss various aspects of business law, including negotiations and contracts. In addition, he will discuss the importance of family and community service in an attorney's professional and personal life. Crawford is involved in numerous community service activities in the Chicago area and is active in the Fourth Presbyterian Church. His address "Citizen Lawyers: The Role of Community, Family, and Faith in a Legal Career" addresses the importance of community service.

"Community service is a big part of his life, he believes in it and he lives it," said Carrasco. "His concept of lawyers in part is that they are people who are deeply rooted in their communities, and they should help build those communities."

The College of Law's practitioner-in-residence program is held once a semester and brings a prominent judge, leading attorney, or other legal professional to the college for several days of interaction with law students and faculty.

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