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June 10, 2010

Law school honors alumni, Professor Buss for accomplishments

The University of Iowa College of Law recently honored three alumni and a retiring professor for their contributions to the law and the school at the Iowa Law School Foundation’s annual awards ceremony.

Craig Cannon ’00, of Winston-Salem, N.C., received the Recent Alumni Award for his work providing pro bono legal services to disaster victims. He provided service during the 2008 Iowa floods, California wildfires, and last year’s tsunami in American Samoa. For his work, he became the youngest person ever to receive the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Pro Bono Publico Award.

Robert Bouma ’62, of Chicago, received the Alumni Achievement Award. A senior counsel in the firm of McDermott Will & Emery, he has been a frequent speaker at ABA events. He’s had leadership positions on the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Legal Club of Chicago, Wien Air Alaska, Inc., and the ABA’s Litigation Section Corporate Counsel Committee. A native of Pocahontas, Iowa, Bouma is the president of the Iowa Law School Foundation.

Melissa Weresch ’92, of Des Moines, received the Alumni Service Award. A professor of law at Drake University, Weresh is active in the Legal Writing Institute, as well as the Association of American Law Schools Teaching Methods section and the Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research section. She is chair of the Iowa Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and writes a column for the association’s monthly magazine, The Iowa Lawyer.

William G. Buss, Iowa City, O.K. Patton Professor of Law, received the Friend of the Law School Award. A member of the law faculty since 1967, Buss has specialized in teaching and researching constitutional law, and has received numerous collegiate and university awards for his teaching prowess. He has also served the college and university on numerous committees and commissions. Buss retired from the faculty this spring to emeriti status.

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