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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

New Hartford Student Honored With Top UI Award

Alissa Dawn Klein of New Hartford was recently honored with the University of Iowa Distinguished Student Leader Certificate, one of the most prestigious awards given to UI students.

Awards were presented at the Finkbine Dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union on April 27. The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow students and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and an 1880 UI law graduate.

Klein is working on a joint degree program in the College of Law and College of Public Health. Her excellent academic record has earned her a merit scholarship from the Iowa Law Foundation. Klein is a recipient of the Ramza-Fester Rainbow Rights Scholarship. Her research assistantships with Peter Blanck, professor of law, and William Hesson, associate director and legal counsel at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, led to two academic papers on public school reform and model state legislation on artificial reproductive technologies. She has served as the articles editor of the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, as co-chair of Outlaws and on the advisory board of the law school chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and is a member of Equal Justice Foundation, Organization of Women Students and Staff and the American College of Health Care Executives.

Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

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