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June 4, 2003

Law School Hosts 25 Hubbard Fellows

The UI College of Law is hosting 25 undergraduate college students from around the country this month who will attend the second annual Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program, which starts June 5 and runs through July 3.

The program is named for the former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor who was the first African-American professor at the university and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the community for more than five decades.

Undergraduate students from Iowa and students from all across the nation who are from groups underrepresented in the legal profession were encouraged to apply to be 2003 Hubbard Fellows. Marcella David, a UI law professor who oversees the program, said the Hubbard Fellows will receive an overview of what law school life is like and learn about possible career opportunities in the law.

"We have students coming from as far away as New York, California and Louisiana," said David. "The reaction of last summer's Hubbard Fellows was overwhelmingly positive and it appears this year we have the same high-caliber students and institutional support this year to ensure another successful program."

Participants are sophomores, juniors or seniors in college this fall. They will participate in intensive classes, skills training and other workshops, an intensive writing curriculum, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing and the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy and listening skills. They will also take a mock Law School Admissions Test and learn to prepare for the real test.

In addition, participants will attend special lectures by professional attorneys, visit courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and other legal venues. On opening day they will be welcomed by Dean William Hines, and hear from College of Law alumnus Renee Sneitzer about her law school experience and the draw of the legal profession.

UI President David Skorton and other distinguished guests will join the Hubbard Fellows at their welcoming lunch. Skorton believes the Hubbard Program is "one of the tremendous ways in which the College of Law demonstrates its commitment to diversity. The University of Iowa is proud that this program provides generous and effective opportunities for students from many backgrounds to embark on a legal education. It is an important and fitting part of the legacy of Philip Hubbard."

William Decker, Vice President for Research also sees the Hubbard Program as a fitting tribute to Philip Hubbard, who died in 2002. "Having been fortunate to know Dr. Hubbard, I am certain that he would have been extremely proud to see his name associated with this program in the College of Law. Professor Marcella David and others in the college insure that this program makes a positive difference in the lives of those who choose to participate. The University of Iowa is serious about diversity. The Hubbard Law School Preparation Program is a shining example that this is true."

To learn more about that legacy, during the opening lunch fellows will hear from Peter Hubbard, who will discuss his father Philip.

The Hubbard Program is the only program of its type in Iowa and is funded in part by a $100,000 PLUS Grant from the Law School Admission Council, with additional funding provided by the university and the College of Law. In addition, two major law firms have offered their support this year. Squire, Sanders & Dempsey is contributing one participant's expenses, and the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery will host the fellows during a field trip to Chicago to visit with other pre-law students and lawyers. David said the involvement of law firms is particularly encouraging.

"I was thrilled by the enthusiasm of these two firms to help us in our mission to ensure diversity in the legal profession," she said. Local businesses have also helped support the Hubbard Program. For instance, Iowa State Bank and Trust is providing tickets to a Shakespeare performance at the Riverside Festival Stage.

All classes and programs will be held in the Boyd Law Building, while the fellows will live in Mayflower Residence Hall.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.