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Release: Sept. 28, 2001

Civic role of lawyers shapes First Monday program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Monday, Oct. 1, the University of Iowa College of Law, like other law schools nationwide, will commemorate the day the U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench following summer recess with a First Monday program. The program, "So Goes the Nation: Lawyers and Communities," focuses on lawyers' civic roles and on how lawyers can—and do—empower their communities. The free, public event takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Faculty Lounge at the Boyd Law Building.

Invited speakers for this year's First Monday program are local attorneys Bruce Nestor, president, National Lawyers Guild; Anne Burnside, Human Rights Investigator, City of Iowa City, formerly with the Free Medical Clinic; and Wally Taylor, who practices public interest environmental law.

The program's format will allow students and commentators to watch a video from which the program draws its title and gives the guest speakers opportunities to comment on the video and their experiences.

First Monday is co-sponsored by the law school's Career Services Office, the National Lawyer's Guild, and the Equal Justice Foundation.

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 the College of Law at 335-9060.