Visiting Clinical Professor of Law
JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1980
Jean C. Lawrence is a Visiting Clinical Professor of Law. Professor Lawrence directs a new offering in the College’s Clinical Legal Programs: the family assistance project representing parents involved in Children in Need of Assistance (CINA) and termination proceedings in the Iowa City area. In addition to supervising law students working on these cases, she will be developing and implementing a series of educational programs and materials for use by the legal profession throughout the state of Iowa. Professor Lawrence is a 1980 graduate, with high distinction, from the College of Law and has practiced for the last sixteen years with the firm of Aasgaard & Lawrence, PLC, in Marion, Iowa. She has broad experience in juvenile law in general and particularly in CINA and termination cases. Before coming to the law school, she had taught in the paralegal program at Kirkwood Community College.
The position in the clinic is funded by a one-year grant from the Children’s Justice Initiative at the Iowa Supreme Court. The Initiative is committed to optimizing how the Iowa child welfare systems works, especially for those children and parents who find themselves involved in it. To that end, the Initiative has led a series of conference, summits, and continuing legal education programs to improve the quality of legal representation in the system and to enlarge the training opportunities available for judges and lawyers who work there.