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Dec. 26, 2007

Cox appointed UI faculty co-ombudsperson

Lois Cox, a clinical professor of law and former university ombudsperson, has been appointed to a 17-month, half-time term as the University of Iowa's faculty co-ombudsperson, effective Feb. 1, 2008.

Cox will replace Dr. Craig Porter, a clinical professor of pediatrics who has been faculty co-ombudsperson since Aug. 1, 2005, and work closely with UI Ombudsperson Cynthia Joyce.

Cox's specialty is domestic violence law, and she teaches courses on poverty law and notable American trials of the 20th century. She has held a number of administrative appointments, including dean for student affairs in the UI College of Law. She has educated local labor leaders on the intricacies of unemployment compensation law through the Labor Center. Through her work with the Iowa City Domestic Violence Intervention Program, she and her law students annually represent dozens of battered women who seek protection from their abusers.

She currently chairs the College of Law Student Services Committee, which provides oversight for such matters as financial aid and career services, and serves as a member of the college's Admissions Committee. In 2005, she was awarded the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

As university ombudsperson from 1997 to 1999, Cox demonstrated a belief in the importance of fair procedures consistently applied within meaningful systems for dispute avoidance and resolution.

Cox's previous community activities have included serving as a member of the Iowa City Public Library Board of Directors and working with the Iowa affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

Established in 1985, the Office of the Ombudsperson serves students, faculty and staff by offering a confidential, neutral and independent dispute resolution service. The ombudsperson investigates claims of unfair treatment or erroneous procedure and serves as a neutral and detached listener, information resource, adviser, intermediary and mediator. The ombudsperson considers all sides of a question impartially and objectively and strives to ensure that all members of the UI community receive fair and equitable treatment within the university system.

More information on the UI Ombudsperson's Office may be found online at

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