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University of Iowa News Release

June 7, 2004

Third Hubbard Program Introduces Students to Law School, Phillip Hubbard

The 24 participants in this year's Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program at the UI College of Law started their month-long program Friday by hearing about the man the program is named after.

"Phillip Hubbard was the most human person I've ever known," said Phillip Jones, UI vice president of student services.

Hubbard was a UI professor of engineering and vice president who died in 2002. The first African American professor and administrator at UI, he was known as a voice of conscience and caring around campus and Iowa City.

"He truly led a faith-based life," said Willard "Sandy" Boyd, law professor and former UI president. "He wasn't one of those who preached and didn't practice; however, he practiced and didn't preach."

Linda McGuire, associate dean of the law school, said Hubbard always made sure to enjoy life no matter how challenging the circumstances.

"He never let adversity get in the way of that spark of joy in his life that he always passed on to those of us who knew him," McGuire said.

The Hubbard program encourages undergraduate students from groups underserved in the law to consider careers with an introduction to law school and the legal profession. This year's program includes fellows from as far away as California, Maryland and North Carolina. Fellows will participate in intensive classes, skills training and other workshops, an intensive writing curriculum, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing and the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy and listening skills. They will also take a mock Law School Admissions Test and learn to prepare for the real test. Field trips are also planned to numerous attorneys and legal organizations around Iowa City and Cedar Rapids as an introduction to civil, criminal and corporate law. Stops on the itinerary include courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and law firms.

In addition, a weekend in Chicago has been scheduled, including a stop at the Chicago firm of McDermott Will and Emory and a meeting with Thomas Shakeshaft, an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois in Chicago. They will also meet with Hubbard family members who live in the Chicago area.

This is the Hubbard Program's third year.

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