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University of Iowa News Release

May 26, 2004

Third Annual Hubbard Program To Host 24 Fellows At Law School

The third annual Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program is bringing 24 college students from across the country for a month-long introduction to law school and legal careers June 4 to July 2.

The students are from groups historically underrepresented in law and are being encouraged to consider careers in the field, said N. William Hines, dean of the law school.

"Supporting the establishment of the Hubbard Program will be among my proudest legacies I leave as dean," said Hines. "It's one of the College of Law's most visible commitments to diversity and to opening the law to people from all backgrounds. Professor Marcella David and her colleagues deserve great credit for their efforts in creating and improving the Hubbard Program."

The program is named for Phillip G. Hubbard, the former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor who was the first African-American professor at the university and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the community for more than five decades. Hubbard died in January 2002.

Participants are sophomores, juniors or seniors in college this fall. They 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.

Special on-campus speakers will include Rene Sneitzer, a Cedar Rapids attorney; Vince Thomas, professor of law at Hamline University in St. Paul; and Bob Ross and Sue Pense, trust attorneys from Iowa State Bank and Trust in Iowa City.

To learn more about that legacy, during the opening lunch Fellows will hear from Peter Hubbard, who will discuss his father Philip, the program's namesake.

The Hubbard Program is the only program of its type in Iowa and is funded in part by a $100,000 PLUS Grant from the Law School Admission Council, with additional funding provided by the University and the College of Law.

All classes and programs will be held in the Boyd Law Building, while the Fellows will live in Mayflower Residence Hall.

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