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Release: Oct. 22, 1999

Iowa Law School announces $25 million campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The University of Iowa College of Law and the Iowa Law School Foundation on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, publicly announced a major campaign to raise at least $25 million to benefit the College of Law. The Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century was strengthened by a $1 million leadership gift from Charles Kierscht and his spouse, Marion Kierscht, of Hinsdale, Ill. Charles Kierscht, a 1962 graduate of the Iowa Law School, is chair of the campaign committee and retired C.E.O. of Kemper Financial Services, Inc., Chicago. With the Kierscht gift, the campaign has raised approximately $10.5 million of the $25 million goal.

Details of the campaign were announced Friday during a dinner for the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors and other alumni, faculty, and friends of the Iowa Law School. The dinner program featured remarks from three people who have held the top position at the University of Iowa: UI President Mary Sue Coleman; James O. Freedman, visiting professor of law and former UI president; and Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, professor of law and UI president emeritus.

"The Law School is a source of pride for the entire University and is a vital resource for other colleges and programs within the University and in the entire state of Iowa," UI President Mary Sue Coleman said. "This campaign will enable Iowa to continue as an innovative, national leader in legal education."

The Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors, in consultation with the dean and the faculty, have established four priorities for the endowment funds that will be generated by this campaign: faculty development, student scholarships, the Law Library and technology, and professional skills-training programs. Specific details of the campaign and opportunities for giving will be shared with alumni and friends over the next year by staff and volunteers of the Iowa Law School and the Iowa Law School Foundation. College of Law Dean N. William Hines said, "Building strength in each of these core areas of excellence will help assure our continued success in the coming century and help us position the Iowa Law School for even greater achievements in the future. Our goal is to continue to raise our law school’s standing among the very best law schools in the country."

Boyd said, "This is a vitally important time for the Iowa Law School. This campaign will determine the quality of education and the strength of our programs in the 21st century. I encourage every graduate to consider how the Iowa Law School has changed his or her life."

The Kierschts’ $1 million gift will be used to help ensure that the priorities of the campaign are achieved. "We are in a time of immense change in legal education," Charles Kierscht said. "The campaign’s emphasis on faculty and students is essential because we all know that it’s the people who are engaged in teaching and learning that define the greatness of the institution. We must provide the financial resources necessary for the Iowa Law School to achieve a margin of excellence and compete successfully in the 21st century. It is not often that we have an opportunity to make a positive difference. This is one of those times."

The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private gifts to the University of Iowa College of Law. All of the gifts it receives are processed through the University of Iowa Foundation, which works with alumni, law firms, corporations, and friends to provide support for a broad range of projects and programs at the University of Iowa.

 

FACT SHEET

The Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century

The goal of the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century is to fund four areas of excellence and allow the College of Law to retain and improve its position among the top law schools in the United States:

Endowed Law Faculty Support

Endowing programs that support the faculty’s teaching and scholarship will enable the Iowa Law School to keep the best faculty members at the College of Law and to compete nationally for outstanding new faculty. With additional endowed faculty chairs, distinguished professorships, and faculty fellowships, Iowa will be less likely to lose the best scholars to other institutions. The goal is to raise funds for endowed faculty chairs, distinguished professorships, a deanship, and fellowships rotating among faculty for development and research.

Endowed Student Scholarships

Support for students is critical. Only by offering more merit scholarships and need-based aid can the College of Law remain competitive among its peers. Iowa’s ability to attract the best students relies heavily on private endowments for financial aid to bring those students to the College of Law and help them excel. The goal is to raise funds for merit endowments, need-based scholarship endowments, International Law Graduate Student Fellowships, and special grants to reduce the debt load of students committed to public interest law careers.

Iowa Law Library and Technology

State support is not adequate to build and maintain a truly great law library. Private support will be vital in the future to keep up the relative size and quality of the Law Library’s outstanding collection. The college also will have to rely increasingly on private gifts to provide today’s technological necessities, including computerized retrieval systems such as Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw, on-line database links, and software enhancements. The goal is to raise funds for Law Library subject matter collection, Law Library acquisition, a Law Library student computer facility, and an international law librarian position.

Student Skills-Training Support

The Law School’s acclaimed interactive professional skills programs receive virtually no state funding, relying almost entirely on private gifts from law alumni and friends. These programs give students the opportunity to balance classroom analysis and library study with "hands-on" training in basic professional skills. Gifts to this area will cover the costs of operating the highly regarded Legal Clinic, publishing four nationally known journals, administrative support and travel funds for students to compete and gain valuable experience in the school’s advocacy programs, and support other programs that give students real-world experience. The goal is to increase endowed funds for the Legal Clinic, student journals, Writing Resource Center, Trial Advocacy Program and Moot Court.

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