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July 3, 2006

Arkansas Law Dean, UI Alumna, Speaks At Hubbard Farewell

The new dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law and a University of Iowa alumna told a group of UI summer law students that the law can be a way to right many of the things that are wrong in society.

"I became a lawyer because of my frustration with and anger towards institutions that are not interested in people who are not a part of the system," Cynthia Nance told the 22 students participating in the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program during its closing ceremony on Friday. "One of the things I like most about the law is being able to address some of the things that cause my frustration. I'm a person with a seat at the table making my opinions known to help find solutions."

A Chicago native, Nance is a 1990 graduate of the UI law school and also earned her MA in finance from the university. She started teaching at the University of Arkansas in 1994 and became its law dean on July 1, the first African-American and first woman to hold the law dean's position. She is an internationally recognized labor and employment attorney.

The Hubbard Program is a monthlong fellowship for undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in the law. The program brings the students from colleges across the country to build skills and introduce them to the legal profession through a rigorous program of classes, homework, reading and writing assignments and field trips.

Nance encouraged the Hubbard Fellows to continue with their legal studies after receiving their undergraduate degrees, but whether they pursue a legal career or not, she urged them to remember the symbolism of the rainbow.

"Let it be a reminder of the beauty of our society and the advantages of inclusiveness," she said. "Remember the beauty of the rainbow includes everyone. Build coalitions as you go forward using the skills you'll learn."

The Hubbard Fellows also took field trips to the law offices of McDermott, Will & Emory in Chicago, John Deere & Co.'s corporate headquarters in Moline, Ill., and to the United States District Court House for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, where they met with Chief Magistrate John Jarvey.

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.