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Aug. 14, 2008

Incoming law students to assist with flood clean-up during orientation

Incoming first-year law students at the University of Iowa will help with flood clean-up in the Iowa City area as part of a community service project held during orientation week on Aug. 19.

Among the students' projects will be assisting Habitat for Humanity restore landscaping at homes in Iowa City's flooded Parkview neighborhood along Normandy Drive; helping organize Habitat's Re-Store, a re-sale and building materials store at 2401 S. Scott Blvd.; and removing left-over sandbags that protected the City of Iowa City's water plants and wells.

Law students will also help maintain trails in Iowa City's Hickory Hill Park that were damaged by the summer's heavy rains, and help pick up litter and do other clean-up projects at Lake Macbride State Park.

Other nonflood related projects include: collecting food for Table to Table; organizing materials in the Friends of Historic Preservation's Salvage Barn at the Iowa City landfill; sorting donated goods for sale at the Crowded Closet nonprofit re-sale shop at 1213 Gilbert Ct., Iowa City; sorting and organizing donations at the North Liberty Community Pantry at 85 N. Jones Blvd.; and helping with various maintenance projects at Miracles in Motion, a therapeutic horse-riding academy at 2049 120th St. N.W., Swisher.

Students will work at their projects on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from approximately 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Linda McGuire, the law school's associate dean for civic engagement, said the service project is an annual part of each incoming class's orientation. Other orientation sessions held during the week for the approximately 200 first-years include a class that introduces the law and legal reasoning, commentary on legal careers from alumni who are practicing attorneys, judges and justices, and the nuts and bolts of the law school's operation.

The community service project not only introduces them to the area and provides bodies to help local charitable organizations, McGuire said it also shows students the importance of providing leadership and community service in their professional, post-law school lives.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda McGuire, UI College of Law,, 319-335-9094; Tom Snee, University News Services, 319-384-0010, 319-541-8434 (cell),