CONTACT: MARK WUNDER
Director of Development
UI College of Law
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: April 6, 2000
$250,000 gift to UI law school will bring students before Iowa Supreme
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $250,000 gift to the University of Iowa College of Law
and the UI Law School Foundation will help UI law students sharpen their advocacy
skills in a competition that will culminate in moot arguments before the Iowa
Supreme Court. The gift from the Raymond and Mary Baker Foundation, in honor
of 1959 UI law graduate Richard Baskerville of West Des Moines, permanently
establishes the Richard Baskerville Supreme Court Day Competition.
The new intramural appellate advocacy competition, to be held each spring
at the College of Law, will select a team of four students to argue a moot
case before the Iowa Supreme Court in the following fall semester. College
of Law Dean N. William Hines hailed the Baker Foundations generosity,
noting that the gift assures continued advancement in advocacy training at
"This gift is a fitting tribute to Richard Baskerville, who was one
of four Supreme Court Day advocates in 1957. Dick has been a leader in the
practice of estate and trust law in Iowa for more than 40 years. Generations
of students will benefit from the opportunity to prepare and argue cases before
the highest court in the state. Just having the chance to compete for the
privilege of arguing at Supreme Court Day will make our students better lawyers,"
The first Baskerville competition will occur in the spring of 2001, leading
to arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court the following September. It is
similar to an existing annual competition to select the College of Laws
National Moot Court team, which presents appellate arguments in intercollegiate
competition. Unlike members of the national team, however, the students arguing
before the Iowa Supreme Court retain the right to serve as editors of one
of the colleges four law journals. National Moot Court team members
are prohibited from doing so under current rules.
Baskerville, longtime attorney for the Baker Foundation, was honored in Des
Moines at a reception at the Des Moines Club February 24, when he first learned
of the competition named in his honor and of the gift that established it.
Among the more than 40 guests were representatives of the Baker Foundation,
UI law professor and UI President Emeritus Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd,
Hines and College of Law development director Mark Wunder.
The UI Foundation, the universitys comprehensive fund-raising organization,
is the preferred channel of support for contributions to all areas of the
university, including the Iowa Law School Foundation. UI Foundation staff
work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships,
facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.