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University of Iowa News Release

March 31, 2004

Hill To Discuss Disability Policy As Law School Practitioner In Residence

Eve Hill, executive director of the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, will discuss the future of disability law in the United States on Tuesday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building.

Hill's lecture is part of her visit to the University of Iowa as the spring semester practitioner in residence at the College of Law from April 5-8. During her visit to UI, Hill will meet with law students and faculty, attend classes to discuss disability law and other civil rights issues, and meet with staff of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center. She will also meet with the Johnson County Coalition for Persons with Disabilities.

As director of the Western Disability Center, Hill oversees a Los Angeles-based organization that provides legal and outreach services to promote the rights of people with disabilities and increase public awareness of those rights. She received the State Bar of California's first Diversity Award in 2002 for her efforts to open the legal profession to people with disabilities. She also received the Southern California Employment Round Table's 2002 Carol F. Schiller Award for outstanding civil rights efforts. Hill was chair of the California Bar's Standing Committee on Legal Professionals with Disabilities from 2001 to 2002.

Hill worked for five years at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, where she practiced disability rights enforcement. She was also an associate with the Washington, D.C. firm of Pierson Semmes & Bemis.

In addition to serving as executive director of the WLCDR, Hill teaches law at Loyola Law School and the University of Southern California.

The College of Law's practitioner-in-residence program is held once a semester and brings a prominent judge, leading attorney, or other legal professional to the college for several days of interaction with law students and faculty.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.