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Sept. 4, 2007

Iowa Supreme Court justice to meet with UI law students

University of Iowa law students will have an opportunity to get career advice from the very top on Friday, Sept. 7 when Iowa Supreme Court Associate Justice David Wiggins holds an open forum to answer questions about working in the law.

"Students have a lot of questions about how they should start their law careers and what paths they should follow, and Justice Wiggins is in a position to offer them a unique perspective," said Carin Crain, associate dean of students in the College of Law.

The hour-long informal meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the Boyd Law Building's fourth floor lounge and will be a discussion of whatever students want to talk about, said Crain.

"He'll probably have questions about the judiciary in general, what kind of cases cross his desk, the judicial process," said Crain. "This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in the judiciary to have a lot of their questions answered."

Wiggins' appearance is part of this year's annual Supreme Court Day, a College of Law tradition that honors the historic relationship between the law school and the state's top court. The College of Law was founded in 1865 when then Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers.

As usual, Supreme Court Day will include the traditional moot court argument, with two teams of students arguing a mock appellate case before the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court. Moot court arguments begin at 2 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building with Wiggins and his six Iowa Supreme Court colleagues expected on the bench.

The law school will also host a social gathering at its former home in the International Center on Riverside Drive, which is scheduled to be demolished next year to make way for a new College of Public Health. The gathering will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

This year will mark the second year that Wiggins has met with Iowa law students as a part of Supreme Court Day.

"It's unusual that someone of his stature meets with students in such an informal setting, but it's a demonstration of how generous Justice Wiggins is with his time," said Crain.

Wiggins was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court by Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2003.

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