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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 27, 2005

Media Advisory: UI Professors Available To Speak On Miers Withdrawal

A number of University of Iowa professors are available for media interviews regarding the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.

--Anthony Paik, assistant professor of sociology, has studied the social networks of conservative lawyers and notes that the controversy over the Miers nomination is indicative of the fracturing of the conservative legal coalition, which has long been a delicate balance between social and religious conservatives, free market libertarians and business conservatives. He is a co-author of, "Lawyers for Conservative Causes: Clients, Ideology, and Social Distance," an article published in the March 2003 issue of Law Society Review. He can be reached in his campus office at 319-335-2493 or via email at

--Margaret Raymond, professor of law, teaches constitutional law and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She is teaching this fall in Vermont and can be reached there at 802-831-1247, or via email at

--Peverill Squire, professor of political science and longtime observer and analyst of presidential politics, said the withdrawal represents a "big embarrassment" for President Bush and narrows his range of options for the important Supreme Court appointment. He said the president will be in a difficult position, seeking a female or minority nominee that conservatives will find acceptable while still demonstrating his independence and strength. Squire can be reached in his campus office at 319-335-2354 or via email at

--Lea VanderVelde, professor of law, teaches constitutional law. She also regularly teaches American law in European universities, where she explains the Supreme Court and the American federal judicial process. She can be reached in her office at 319-335-9102 or via email at

--Tung Yin, professor of law, teaches constitutional law. He also studies the Supreme Court, the federal judiciary and the politics of the judicial appointment process. He can be reached in his campus office at 319-335-9916 or via email at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,