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Director of Development
Iowa Law School Foundation
UI College of Law
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Gift provides support for foreign periodicals and monographs at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law
has made a gift to the Iowa Law School Foundation to provide support for
the acquisition and preservation of foreign periodicals and monographs
at the University of Iowa College of Law Library.
Lucille Schwilck of Baltimore, Md., graduated from the UI College of
Law in 1939. She established the Lucille Schwilck Foreign Periodicals and
Monographs Fund because of her interest in world affairs and international
law. The publications purchased and maintained through her support will
be used by law students and faculty, especially those involved with international
law and comparative law programs. The materials also will be available
to attorneys who conduct research at the law library.
"State support provides the basic resources but state funding alone
is not adequate to build a truly great law library," said Arthur Bonfield,
UI College of Law associate dean for research. "The law school relies
on private gifts to offer our students an exceptional education and to
provide the resources needed by our faculty members to stay current on
legal issues around the world. We are grateful to generous alumni and friends
like Lucille Schwilck."
In 1939 Lucille Schwilck left Iowa City to begin a job with a Des Moines
law firm. In the 1940s she argued cases before the Iowa Supreme Court,
and later worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior,
specializing in settling disputes over land grants between the government
and railroad companies. She retired in 1964 and spent 12 years traveling
the world, including time as a volunteer teaching English to students in
Lucille Schwilck is the oldest woman law graduate of the University
of Iowa College of Law and remains active in the Baltimore community volunteering
at the local library and teaching English as a second language. She was
unable to attend commencement in 1939 but returned to Iowa City in December
1996 to participate in commencement ceremonies and receive her J.D. hood.
Schwilck's gift is among the first for the Iowa Law School Endowment
Campaign for the 21st Century, which will raise funds for the law library,
enhanced technology, program support, endowed faculty chairs, distinguished
professorships, and student scholarships.
The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for
private gifts to the UI College of Law. The foundation works with alumni,
law firms, friends, and corporations to assist them in providing support
to the college's students, faculty, and programs.
The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus-wide fund-raising
organization, serves as the channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation
by providing professional and technical support services.