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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 8, 2005

Law School Scholarship Supports Iowa Agriculture

Growing up on an Iowa family farm, Jacob Bylund wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, even though the economic realities meant he would not be able to work as a farmer.

So he looked into other careers that would help him support the industry, and thanks to a scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Law and the Iowa Law School Foundation, he was given that opportunity. Today, the 2003 UI law graduate practices agricultural law in the Des Moines office of Faegre & Benson.

"The Hellwege Scholarship made it much easier for me to pursue an outstanding legal education and move into a career advancing Iowa's agricultural economy," said Bylund, who grew up on a Webster County farm, near Harcourt. "I loved growing up on a farm and I'm committed to my native state. With my career, I'm able to stay in Iowa and stay involved in agribusiness."

The Hellwege Scholarship is presented annually to a UI law student who is from a farm in Iowa and intends to practice law in the state. Awarded since 1998, this year's recipient is Laura Klever, a second-year law student who grew up on her family's farm near Winthrop in Buchanan County. Klever's law interests include property law, trusts and estates, and she hopes to practice in those areas to help family farms stay in their families through the generations.

"Growing up on a family farm greatly influenced my legal interests," Klever said. "As I have seen firsthand, the decisions regarding how to divide a farm between several children are complicated and often emotionally charged. I want to help guide families through this difficult process by providing viable alternatives and fair solutions."

Carolyn Jones, dean of the College of Law, said the Hellwege Scholarship is one of the ways the University of Iowa helps build the state.

"As a native of Iowa I know how important agriculture is to our economy," she said. "I'm pleased we're able to offer assistance for the next generation of attorneys who will help guide the state's agricultural economy into the future."

The Hellwege Scholarship is named for Judge Paul E. Hellwege, a 1939 UI College of Law graduate who went on to become an attorney, city attorney, prosecutor and judge in Boone. Hellwege worked his way through law school as a student and wanted to help the children of Iowa farm families pursue legal careers. The scholarship provides for a full scholarship for the recipient.

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