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Release: March 20, 2000

Law school conference encourages more women legal professionals

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Organization for Women Law Students and Staff will hold a Women in Law Conference Saturday, March 25 at the University College of Law, an event organizers hope will motivate more women to seek out careers in the legal profession.

The 23rd annual conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes information on admissions, financial aid and placement. Panel discussions by women law students and attorneys will give information about the legal profession and how to make it a reality. A mock class presented by a UI law professor will also be held.

Attendance is free for UI students. A $10 fee for non-students covers registration, a breakfast meal with faculty and a luncheon.

Nationwide, the percentage of women associates at firms reached 41 percent in 1999. Among women of color, the percentage was 12 percent, according to a study by the National Association for Law Placement. The NALP study also showed the number of women partners at some of the nation's major law firms is slightly increasing. The 1999 study showed that women accounted for just over 15 percent of partners in these firms. In 1993, that number was 12.27 percent.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact OWLSS in advance at (319) 335-9052.