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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2005

Four UI Law Students Selected for Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

Four University of Iowa College of Law students will spend this summer interning with nonprofit public interest law organizations as a part of Equal Justice Works' Summer Corps program.

Amanda Dohrman of Sioux City, Edward Flynn of Des Moines, Alyssa Reed of Erie, Colo., and Todd Schmidt of Iowa City will each receive a $1,000 education award voucher through this national AmeriCorps-funded program. The students were among 505 applicants for 250 participant slots nationwide.

The 2005 Summer Corps participants are first-year and second-year law students from 113 law schools. They will each spend at least 300 hours at public interest internships, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income or underserved communities in 39 states. The Summer Corps members will also gain first-hand experience and lawyering skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, and legal research and writing.

Dohrman will intern with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis' Senior Law Project in Minneapolis; Flynn with the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center in Iowa City; Reed with Colorado Legal Services' Migrant Farm Worker Division in Denver; and Schmidt with Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago in Chicago.

Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law)  was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers, as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools.

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