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March 19, 2004

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Carolyn Jones, Iowa Alumna And UConn Professor, Named UI Law School Dean

Carolyn Jones, a graduate of the University of Iowa and the UI College of Law, has been named the 16th dean of the law school by UI President David Skorton. Currently a professor of law at the University of Connecticut, Jones will succeed N. William Hines as dean on July 1.

"I'm delighted that Professor Jones has accepted our offer," said Skorton. "Her strong academic legal background, administrative experience and record of teaching excellence make her a superb leader to follow the distinguished path that Bill Hines has blazed. We are all looking forward to her leadership of our outstanding College of Law."

"We're pleased and excited that Professor Jones will be the new leader of our law school community," said Adrien Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray professor of law and chair of the dean's search committee. "She has roots in the state, the university and the law school, and that really set her apart from the other candidates. She's familiar with our traditions and with our values, so we know she'll be successful in working with our alumni base in Iowa and in other states."

"I am very pleased that my successor is an outstanding graduate of the College of Law who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a law teacher," said Hines. "I am particularly delighted that the first woman law dean at Iowa is a person I knew very well as a student. I have followed Carolyn's excellent academic career with great interest, and I am confident that she will provide tremendous leadership to our law school."

Jones, a native of Carroll, Iowa, said she's looking forward to returning to her home state.

"It's tremendously exciting to be able to go back to the University of Iowa and the College of Law," said Jones. "The college really created all kinds of opportunities for me to have a successful career in law and legal education. Nothing could be better for me than to go back and work with its outstanding faculty, staff and students. It's also an opportunity to reconnect with people like me, whose lives were made better and much more interesting by going to the UI College of Law."

Jones received her B.A. degree from UI with a major in English in 1976, and completed course work toward her M.A. degree in English, with an emphasis in medieval and Celtic literature. She received the Sanxay Prize for promise in college teaching while in the UI graduate program.

She earned her J.D. from the UI law school in 1979, graduating with highest honors and Order of the Coif. As a student, she was on the staff of the Iowa Law Review. Since graduating, she has returned to UI twice as a visiting law professor, in 1986-1987 and during summer 1989.

Wing pointed out that Jones has administrative experience as an associate dean at the UConn law school. "She also has an infectiously engaging personality, as well as lots of enthusiasm and energy," Wing said.

In addition to her UI degrees, Jones received a Master in Laws degree (LL.M.) from Yale University in 1982.

Following her graduation from law school, Jones worked an assistant city attorney in Sioux City from 1979 to 1980 and an associate in the Sioux City law firm of Klass, Whicher and Mishne from 1981 to 1982. She is a member of the Iowa bar.

Jones began her academic career at the St. Louis University School of Law in 1982 and taught there until 1990. She's taught at the University of Connecticut since 1990, where she's served as associate dean of academic affairs and on numerous committees, including faculty appointments and a dean's search.

She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter and Washington University. She is working this academic year as a visiting professor at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.

Jones' legal specialty is tax law, and her research specialty is tax law from a feminist perspective. She has contributed to five books on tax law and is the author of numerous scholarly articles on the issue. She has also made numerous presentations about tax issues, estate law and Social Security.

Her daughter, Allison, is a student at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Jones was selected from a field of 239 applicants and nominees who were originally considered by the 11-member search committee led by Wing. From that, the committee screened 20 candidates in person and then invited seven to campus for interviews in January and February. The committee forwarded the names of three finalists to Skorton for his selection.

Jones' annual salary as UI law dean will be $245,000. Her appointment is pending approval of the State of Iowa Board of Regents.

Jones is the second Iowa native and UI alumnus to be named to a high-level university position this year. Michael Hogan, a native of Waterloo and recipient of two UI graduate degrees, was named provost in January. Coming from Ohio State University, Hogan will begin his new position July 1.

Current law dean Hines is retiring as dean in June after 28 years of leading the UI College of Law. His tenure is the longest of any current law school dean in the United States and the longest in the history of the UI law school. He has been teaching at the law school since 1962 and will stay on as a faculty member after stepping down as dean.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Adrien Wing, 319-335-9129,