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April 6, 2009

Law school to host 11 state, federal judges for judicial clerkship program

A lot of black robes will walk the halls of the Boyd Law Building on Friday.

The UI College of Law will host 11 state and federal judges April 10 as part of a student program on judicial clerkships. The guests include judges from trial, appellate, and specialty courts, including a justice from the Iowa Supreme Court.

William Hines, law professor, dean emeritus and law school historian, said the law school has frequently hosted many judges on the same day. For instance, the annual Supreme Court Day brings all seven justices to the Boyd Law Building every fall, and the school has also hosted sessions with several judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth District.

But Hines said he doesn't know when there were so many judges from so many jurisdictions in the building on the same day.

"In my recollection, the only times we have entertained so many judges at once would have been for the dedication of the Boyd Law Building in 1986," Hines said. "That makes it an historic and special day in the life of the law school."

During the forum, law students will learn about judicial opinion writing and how to be a successful law clerk or extern. They will also learn about minority representation in the judiciary and other issues of interest to students from historically under-represented groups.

"The law school is committed to helping students pursue clerkships that match their legal interests," said Carolyn Jones, current dean of the law school.  "Not only will students hear from judges discuss the substantive work in their courts and interesting or challenging issues they have addressed, students will interact with the judges in a meaningful way through small discussion groups in the morning."

Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will deliver the keynote speech during lunch, speaking about "Random Things I Have Learned in 25 Years as a Federal Judge."

Other guest judges include, in alphabetical order:

--Judge Marsha M. Beckelman, Iowa District Court, Sixth Judicial District.
--Judge John R. Fisher, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
--Justice Daryl L. Hecht, Iowa Supreme Court.
--Judge Diane L. Kroupa, U.S. Tax Court.
--Chief Judge Robert D. Martin, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
--Judge Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
--Administrative Law Judge William Moran, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
--Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
--Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
--Judge Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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