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July 16, 2010

UI alumni take leading roles in Blagojevich, Arizona immigration law cases

Graduates of the University of Iowa College of Law are playing leading roles in several high profile legal cases.

In Arizona, John Bouma has been hired to defend the governor’s office in lawsuits over the state’s new immigration law. Five such suits have been filed so far. Bouma, a 1960 graduate of the UI law school, is managing partner of the Phoenix law firm of Snell & Wilmer.

A native of Pocahontas, Iowa, Bouma also received his undergraduate degree in political science from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1958.

The first hearing for one of those suits was heard Thursday in the Phoenix courtroom of another UI law grad, Susan Bolton. A 1975 alumna of the College of Law, Bolton is a United States federal court judge for the Arizona District. Bolton practiced in Arizona before becoming a state court judge in 1989 in Maricopa County. She’s been a federal judge since 2000, following her appointment by President Bill Clinton.

Bolton also received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1973.

Another case generating national attention is the federal trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell the open U.S. Senate seat of Barack Obama after he was elected president. A member of his defense team, Aaron Goldstein, is a 2000 graduate of the UI law school who spent six years as a Cook County public defender before opening his own firm.

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