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Release: April 2, 2001

Public interest law benefit raises nearly $2,000

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A talent benefit sponsored by the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) student chapter at the University of Iowa College of Law grossed about $1,800 in funds that will be used to provide summer stipends to law students who intern at public interest law organizations.

With the theme this year of "Lalawpalooza 8: Better Eight Than Never," Lawlawpalooza is an annual law school benefit program that saw 12 musical acts performed by students and staff, and which attracted 250 participants who gathered March 24 at the Mill Restaurant in Iowa City.

About 40 volunteers were needed to put the talent fest together, says Erich Buck, third-year law student. Buck said he believes this year's event, which takes its name from the national music festival Lalapalooza, brought in the most money ever raised at any Lawlawpalooza performance.

The law school will match the money raised and will contribute it to the EJF.

At the UI, 7.43 percent of the law school's 1998 graduating class accepted jobs in public interest areas according to "NALP National Directory of Law School," a compendium of law schools' self-reported placement results published by the National Association for Law Placement. The class of 1998 is the most recent class to be officially reported.