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Feb. 9, 2006

Conlin To Deliver Law School Lecture

Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin will discuss why she works as a trial lawyer when she delivers the 2006 James Fraser Smith lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in Levitt Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Conlin is known for her practice that focuses on representing people who have been harmed by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles. She was recently named by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and one of the top 10 litigators.

She was the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for high office in the state of Iowa, after the Democrats nominated her to run for governor in 1982. The nomination came after a long career as a state and federal prosecutor, first as head of the Civil Rights Section of the Iowa Attorney General's Office and then as a United States Attorney.

Conlin has also served as president and general counsel of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund and was the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a 60,000-member organization of consumer attorneys. She was elected to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame for her achievements.

The lecture is named after James Fraser Smith, a 1950 UI law grad who has had a long and successful legal practice in Charles City.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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