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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 19, 2004

Law School Practitioner In Residence To Discuss Bar Exams, Firm Break-Ups

Jean Gaskill, a former partner in a once-prominent San Francisco law firm and member of the California bar examination board, will be the spring semester practitioner in residence at the University of Iowa College of Law March 1-3.

Gaskill will speak to UI law students about taking bar exams and to the faculty about law firm break-ups. In addition, Gaskill is an active labor arbitrator and will speak to UI law classes about that expertise.

Gaskill had been a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, which grew to become one of the nation's most prominent firms in the late 1990s because of its specialty in technology law. Among its clients was Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems and Nokia. However, the downturn in the technology sector starting in 2001 cost the firm much of its client base, and the ensuing drop in profits led many of the firm's partners to leave for other firms. Eventually, the firm became insolvent in January 2003.

Gaskill is also a member of the California Board of Reappraisers, which supervises admissions policies to the California bar, and chairs the draft committee off the Multi-State Performance test that many Iowa attorneys take. He is also a member of the Multi-State Essay Examination Committee.

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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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