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Aug. 5, 2008

At A Glance

Three law professors contribute to U.S. Supreme Court encyclopedia

Three University of Iowa law professors have contributed essays to a new multi-volume encyclopedia about the United States Supreme Court.

"The Encyclopedia of the United States Supreme Court" will be published in a five-volume set by Macmillan later this year. Contributing from the UI law school are James Tomkovicz, who wrote an essay about the Gideon v. Wainwright decision that guarantees legal representation to all defendants in criminal cases; Todd Pettys, who wrote about the Court's use of laissez faire doctrine in its decisions regarding government regulation of the economy, and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' role in its evolution; and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, who wrote the encylopedia's biography of Justice Clarence Thomas, his controversial Senate confirmation hearings and the role of race in his jurisprudence.

Sexual assault survivors invited to fall Voices of Courage support group

Sexual abuse survivors are invited to participate in a free and confidential support group, Voices of Courage. The group will meet Tuesdays this fall, beginning Sept. 30 and continuing until Nov. 18. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program office, located at 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The registration deadline is Sept. 22. For more information or to set up a screening appointment, call Karen Siler, Johnson County Services Coordinator for RVAP, at 319-335-6001.

For more information, see The site provides information about statistics, education, victim services and resources. The 24-hour Rape Crisis Line number, at 319-335-6000, offers free and confidential information, support, advocacy and counseling to victim/survivors of sexual assault and their partners, friends and family members.

The Beggarmen to perform on 'Java Blend' Aug. 15

The Beggarmen, an Iowa City quartet, will perform live on the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

The quartet is known for performing traditional tunes of Irish and other Celtic origin, as well as instrumentation of fiddle, guitar, tin whistles, mandolin, pipes and bodhran.

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31, across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For more information see and

Andy White to perform on 'Java Blend' Aug. 22

Irish singer-songwriter Andy White will perform live as part on the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Winner of the Hot Press Irish Songwriter of the Year Award, White will perform at the Java House as part of his world tour promoting his ninth album, "Garageband."

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7, across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For more information see and

Downtown Association, UI partner for Taste of Iowa City Aug. 27

The University of Iowa and the Iowa City Downtown Association will present Taste of Iowa City Wednesday, Aug. 27, throughout the downtown district. With its fun, street fair atmosphere, Taste of Iowa City will introduce new students, returning students and community members to the restaurants and retail businesses downtown.

Approximately 20 restaurants will offer taste-sized portions of their menus, ranging from sandwiches and pasta to Mexican and American cuisine. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Black Hawk Park (Dubuque and Washington streets, downtown Iowa City). First-year students will receive a limited number of complimentary tickets. UI ID cards are required for all students. Community members are encouraged to attend as well.

Entertainment will also be provided throughout the evening at Black Hawk Park. Event sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, which is part of Welcome Week '08 at the UI. For more information, visit


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