Iowa Law E-News - March/April 2013


Spring Break in Des Moines - Behind the Capitol scenes

Law students spend spring break seeing the legislative and judicial process up close. [Read More] (Photo by Bill Adams)



Class of 2012 Employment Data - We are pleased to report on the employment outcomes for the Class of 2012. This class boasts an ABA employment rate of 94.05 percent. Our data were reported to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar on March 15, 2013. Our employment data can be reviewed and compared to prior years' classes here. Our graduates found employment down the street and around the world, again showing that an Iowa Law degree can take you as far or keep you as near as your professional dreams require. We are grateful to the Iowa Law Alumni Network for supporting our students in their job searches during this challenging time. As our attention shifts to the Class of 2013, we encourage you to keep our Career Services office informed of any needs that you or your employer may have by calling 319-335-9011.

Professor Kurtz to present Health Law CLE in the Twin Cities - On Tuesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Leonard, Street, and Deinard (150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2300, Minneapolis, MN 55402), Professor Kurtz will present a CLE on Health Law for Lawyers: End-of-Life Care Decisions, Anatomical Gifts and Final Disposition. Following the CLE is a reception for all Twin Cities area alumni. [Register Online]

Register now for the Spring Tax CLE - The 59th Annual Spring Tax Institute is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2013 at the University Club (1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City). [More Information] [Register Online]

Annual Dean's Cup at Finkbine Golf Course on May 20 - Sign up for the Ninth Annual Dean's Cup in Iowa City! The event is for all alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University of Iowa College of Law and Drake Law School. The outing raises funds for Iowa Legal Aid. To sign up or for more information go to: The registration fee is partially tax deductible.

COL hosting alumni events this spring and summer - Find out more about upcoming Iowa Law alumni events. Go to:

Alumni directory expands to include practice areas - Currently in its beta version, alumni can now use our online directory to add their practice areas as well as search for other law graduates in specific practice areas. The directory can continue to be used to search for COL alumni by name, class year, degree, city, and state. [ Sign-in to the Directory]

Were you part of a summer entrant class at the UI College of Law? - We know our summer entrant classes had a unique schedule and our reunion program, October 25-26, 2013, is being shaped to recognize this experience. Since summer entrant classes graduated over two calendar years, we have designated the latter of the two for the reunion schedule. Summer entrants who began law school in the summers of: 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 will have a reunion this fall. Click here for the reunion schedule. Please contact Alumni Relations if you have questions at 319-335-9158 or email Additional reunion information can be found at:


Former U.S. Senator, Norm Coleman, '76, gives advice to the GOP - (MinnPost, March 18, 2013) [Read More]

Judge Annette Scieszinski, '80, and Judge John Telleen, '84, appointed to the new business court trial project - (Des Moines Business Record, March 5, 2013) [Read More]

Nick Benson, '10, makes connections between the UI and Iowa Communities - Nick Benson serves in a number of roles these days, but his favorite is probably matchmaker. As Coordinator of the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), Benson is making new connections between the University of Iowa and Iowa communities. [Read More]

Emily Harris, '03, comments on state universities' shift on intellectual property policy - (Des Moines Register, March 8, 2013) [Read More]


Professor Adrien Wing to head up UI Center for Human Rights - The College of Law will be the new collegiate home for the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR), with Adrien Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, as its new Director. [Read More]

Professor Steinitz takes on litigation funding - Professor Maya Steinitz has launched a website that takes on controversial issues in litigation financing. [Read More] [A Model Litigation Finance Contract website]

Law in the Muslim World course, taught by Professor Wing, looks at law and theology in Muslim countries - [Read More]


Professor Miller hosts Monetizing Debt conference - Professor Miller will host "Fiscal Reform, Monetization or Default: How will the United States solve the problem of its national debt?" on April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Building. [Read More] Click on the link for information about the Conference's speakers: [pdf]

Judicial Clerkship Forum held on April 5 - On Friday, April 5, the University of Iowa College of Law hosted a number of judges and law clerks from a variety of courts for its 2013 Judicial Clerkship Forum. [Read More]

The Honorable James Baker spends time at BLB as the 2013 Jurist-in-Residence - The Honorable James Baker, Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, visited the University of Iowa College of Law April 10-11, 2013, as Iowa Law's jurist-in-residence. [Read More]

Katie Finn Milleman Lecture and Belle Babb Mansfield Women in Law Conference to be held April 12 - The Women in Law Conference, organized by the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff, will take place on Friday, April 12 from 12:30-2:15 p.m. at the Boyd Law Building. [Read More]


Trademark team sees success at nationals - Our Trademark Team, Alex Johnson, '13, Ravi Narayan, '13, and Sam Young, '13, took second place at Nationals, and earned bragging rights for having the best brief in the country. [Read More]

Iowa Law Review ranked #17 - This ranking places the journal in the top 20 for the first time. The Iowa Law Review was ranked 21st last year. [Read More]

Law students assisting the United Nation's criminal tribunal - This spring, three University of Iowa law students are assisting the United Nation’s criminal tribunal trying the brutal leaders of the former Yugoslavia for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. [Read More]

Race Seminar has students writing op-eds - Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig began her Critical Race Theory Seminar, a course that examines race and race relations, with a new twist. This spring, she is leading 11 students through the process of writing opinion/editorials (op-eds) for publication. [Read More]

Read the published op-eds written by three of the course's students.

  • Berneta Haynes, '13, discusses affirmative action in op-eds - (Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2013) [Read More] and (Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 15, 2013) [Read More]
  • Beatriz Gonzalez, '13, has op-eds published on the importance of getting history right - (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 22, 2013) [Read More] and (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Feb. 23, 2013) [Read More]
  • Sam Aden, '14, addresses racism in an op-ed - (The Gazette, March 17, 2013) [Read More]

Kelsey Hollingshead, '13, plans to open rural practice - Rural and small-town residents are quickly losing access to legal services as aging attorneys retire and close their small practices, leaving a void that often isn’t filled by younger lawyers. Hollingshead hopes to change that when she starts her career as a solo practitioner in Britt, Iowa (pop. 2,000). [Read More]


Lehan J. (Jay) Ryan, Langley, Washington, has completed a five-year presidency on the Board of the Good Cheer Food Bank & Thrift Stores.  He is a lifetime honorary board member of the Iowa Law School Foundation.

Kim J. Walker, Des Moines, Iowa, has been named a BTI Client Services All-Star for 2013 and has received MVP status. He is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels and focuses on serving clients nationally in food, agribusiness, and antitrust litigation. He leads the firm’s national food and agriculture industry team of more than 150 lawyers.

The Honorable Annette Scieszinski, Albia, Iowa, has been appointed to serve on the Iowa Business Special Court pilot project. The project is an attempt to move complex business cases before judges who have experience with such lawsuits and expedite their adjudication. She is an Iowa District Court Judge for the 8th Judicial District.

The Honorable Bobbi M. Alpers, Maquoketa, Iowa, is retiring from the 7th Judicial District after 21 years of service on the bench.

Elizabeth Brown, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has recently finished a tenure on the Fort Wayne City Council and announced the opening of a civil and domestic mediation practice, Brown Mediation Group LLC, in Fort Wayne.

The Honorable John Telleen, Le Claire, Iowa, has been appointed to the Iowa Business Special Court pilot project. The project is an attempt to move complex business cases before judges who have experience with such lawsuits and expedite their adjudication. He is an Iowa District Court Judge for the 7th Judicial District.

Theodore Savas, El Dorado Hills, California, has written the first definitive study of U-505, "Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-boat War in the Atlantic." Chapters include her construction, crew and commanders, combat history, an assessment of Type IX operations, naval intelligence, the eight fatal German mistakes that doomed the ill-fated boat, her capture, and final transportation and restoration for posterity.

Thomas H. Boyd, St. Paul, Minnesota, has been selected to the Minnesota Lawyer’s 2012 “Attorneys of the Year” list. He is a commercial litigation shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine.

The Honorable Gordon L. Moore, Worthington, Minnesota, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota District Court, 5th Judicial District, chambered in Worthington, Minnesota. Prior to the appointment, he served as Nobles County Attorney, a private practitioner in the Worthington law office of Von Holtum, Malters & Shepherd, and as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kerry A. Finley, Iowa City, Iowa, has joined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. as counsel. She has a general practice including but not limited to litigation and appellate law.

Carole A. Tillotson, Des Moines, Iowa, Associate Director of Career Development at Drake University Law School, has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Business Record 's “2013 Forty Under 40” list. This award is given to a past Forty Under 40 member in recognition of continued contributions to the community.

The Honorable Mary Chicchelly, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been appointed an Iowa District Court Judge for the 6th Judicial District. She was previously in private practice in Cedar Rapids.

Mary K.W. Jones, Bettendorf, Iowa, has been elected to the Council of the American Law Institute. She is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois.

David Brodnax Sr., Oak Park, Illinois, has received tenure and promotion to full professor at Trinity Christian College, where he teaches history.

Brian C. Eddy, Independence, Iowa, has been re-elected as President of the Independence Community School District Board of Education. He is a shareholder of Roberts, Eddy & Lange, P.C.

David E. Funkhouser III, Phoenix, Arizona, will serve as President of the Maricopa County Bar Association for 2013. He previously served as President-Elect in 2012, Treasurer in 2011, Secretary in 2010, and was a member of the MCBA Board of Directors from 2007-2009. He is heavily involved in local community service, where he is a certified ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, a board member of the Arizona Advocacy Network and the AzAN Foundation, a member of the Leadership Council for the Special Olympics Advocacy Resource program, and a volunteer pro bono lawyer for the State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division Wills for Heroes Program. He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2008-2009. He is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and handles complex litigation matters.

Gina C. Badding, Carroll, Iowa, has joined the firm of Neu, Minnich, Comito & Neu, P.C. She previously worked as a staff attorney for the Iowa Court of Appeals. She will be engaged in the general practice of law with a focus on appellate work.

Mia Della Cava, Boulder, Colorado, has been elected partner at Kutak Rock LLP. She focuses her practice on the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a broad array of civil and commercial litigation.

Sarah E. (Hornbrook) Madsen, Woodbury, Minnesota, became partner at Larson King, LLP. Her practice is concentrated in financial services, securities, and insurance litigation.

Alissa Smith, West Des Moines, Iowa, has been named partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. She is in the health group and her practice involves a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters facing health care providers and nonprofit organizations.

Scott Timmerman, Chicago, Illinois, has been named partner at Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. His intellectual property law practice focuses on both patent prosecution and patent litigation.

Samantha Sheppard, St. Louis, Missouri, has been named to the Junior Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. She is an associate at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in their public finance practice group.

Carrie A. Harrington, Western Springs, Illinois, has begun a series of free consultations to serve the Spanish-speaking population at the Palatine Opportunity Center. She is an associate at Lavelle Law, Ltd. in Palatine.

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