Need Community Service Hours? Volunteer at the Crisis Center Food Bank!

CrisisCenterLogoThe last volunteer shift for the semester is on Friday, April 25 from 12:45 to 4:00pm.

The shift is open to all law students, and coordinated by the Citizen Lawyer Program.  Up to five volunteers are needed.  There is no training needed, just ability to be on your feet for three hours and willingness to pitch in with distributing groceries.  This is a great way to earn community Boyd Service Hours and donate time to a wonderful local community program.

If you would like to volunteer at the Crisis Center, you can sign up on the sheet posted on the CLP bulletin board (outside 216 BLB).  Email or stop by the CLP office if you have questions.


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A Volunteer Hour is Worth $22.55 in 2013

The relationship between time and moneyAccording to Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is valued at $22.55 for 2013, an 41 cent increase from 2012. In Iowa, the value of a volunteer hour is estimated at $20.93.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.5 million Americans, or 26.5 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $175 billion in 2012.


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Student Loan Repayment Plans & Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

heather large program student mailbox flyerHeather Jarvis, a nationally recognized law student loan repayment expert, will be at the College of Law on Thursday, April 17th. She has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee, has trained thousands of students and professionals, and is sought after for her sophisticated legal knowledge and accessible teaching style.

Join her on April 17th at 12:40 in room 225 for a large presentation, or sign up to meet with her in smaller groups throughout the morning and the afternoon. Sign-up sheets for the small group meetings are on the board across from the door to the Financial Aid Office, 276 BLB.



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Pro Bono Project Spotlight: ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

aclu_logoFounded in 1987, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens and to combating public and private discrimination against immigrants.  For more than twenty years, the IRP has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights through class action lawsuits, law reform litigation, judicial rulings and legal advocacy.

The ACLU-IRP has ongoing litigation challenging anti-immigrant state laws and local practices in (inter alia) Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, and South Carolina, and is contemplating litigation in other locations.  Student volunteers working on this pro bono project support these litigation efforts by conducting research on relevant legal and factual issues.

This semester, two law students are conducting research assigned by ACLU staff attorneys to support the ACLU-IRP’s litigation efforts.  Legal issues taken on by the student participants include the role of nonprofit organizations in assisting immigrants and the legality of anti-immigrant laws and local practices at the state level.  In addition, four students worked on this project last semester.  One student said that the experience has helped her learn about the “many resources and advocates helping immigrants who have problems with their status and rights.”

Thank you to all of the participants in the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project pro bono project for your service to help the ACLU defend the rights of immigrants across the nation.

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L&L_09_logo_3Attorneys Stephen Doohen and Dan Schuck, and Federal Magistrate Jon Scoles will facilitate this program aimed at increasing civility and courtesy in the legal profession. It will feature examples of less-than-civil behavior, so expect to both learn and be entertained by this great program!

Remember, you must attend at least one Lawyers & Leaders Event per semester to be considered for the Pro Bono Society!

This program will take place on Friday, April 18th at 12:40 in Room 225. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, April 16th at 12pm for lunch.


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New L&L Added: Lecture and Panel Discussion at OWLSS Conference April 11

owlss logoThe annual OWLSS Conference will be held at the law school on Friday, April 11 starting at 12:40pm in 235 BLB.  The conference features a keynote lecture and a panel discussion about the experiences of women in the legal profession, followed by a reception in the 4th floor student lounge.  This is a Lawyers & Leaders event (you must attend both the keynote and the panel discussion).

The Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial Lecture will be given by Lorraine May, a successful attorney, former candidate for the Iowa Supreme Court, and graduate of Drake University College of Law.  Ms. May will discuss her journey to her current position, the work she does at Hopkin & Huebner, P.C., and her public service work.

The conference will also include a panel of female legal professionals.  The panelists are from a variety of different sectors and will discuss the paths they took to pursue their profession, whether expected or unexpected.  The panel will include Professor Maya Steinitz and will be moderated by Professor Todd Pettys.

L&L_09_logo_3Students who attend both the keynote address by Lorraine May and the panel discussion on women in the law will receive L&L credit toward their Pro Bono Society membership for Spring 2014.

Opening Remarks (12:40-12:45)
Scholarship Presentation (12:45-1:00)
Keynote Address (1:00-1:30)
Panel Discussion (1:30-2:30)
Reception (2:30-4:00)

All events will be held in Room 235 BLB except for the reception, which will be in the 4th floor student lounge.  Pizza will be served at the conference and dessert will be served at the reception.

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Lawyers & Leaders: Alumnus Shared Financial Tips and Strategies

On Friday, March 28, the Citizen Lawyer Program and the Financial Aid Office welcomed Pete Buffer for a Lawyers and Leaders presentation entitled “Financial Planning and Investments.” Pete, a 1972 graduate of Iowa Law and the recipient of numerous financial certifications, discussed both financial and investment strategies. These included six tips that individuals of all ages should practice:
1. To maintL&L ICONain good, sound financial habits.
2. To start organizing financial affairs now.
3. To be honest to yourself about your personal financial tendencies.
4. To consider sensitive issues, such as giving someone power-of-attorney for your healthcare.
5. To set a budget.
6. To put away funds for taxes.

In addition to these general principles, Pete also discussed the importance of viewing a car or a house as an expense, of selecting the credit card that does the most for you (i.e. do you prefer money-back or the most possible airline miles?), and of considering the various tax ramifications of financial choices. While addressing tax consequences, Pete discussed the benefits of a Roth IRA and mutual funds, specifically.

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Lawyers & Leaders This Friday: Financial Planning 101

Date: Friday, March 28 in BLB 275
Time: 12:40 PML and L

Pizza will be provided!

This Friday, join Iowa Law alumnus Pete Buffer for a discussion about financial planning and investments. The program is co-sponsored by the Citizen Lawyer Program and the Financial Aid Office. Pete will discuss practical questions and financial issues that affect those of all ages–whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40s. These include whether it is still a good investment to buy a home or to invest in the stock market, as well as when is the right time to begin to save for retirement. This is both an informative and entertaining presentation–and it should not be missed!

While RSVPs are not required, they are encouraged. If you know you will be attending, please RSVP to Jessica Diers at

Pete Buffer, a native of Kalona, is a 1972 graduate of Iowa Law. In addition, he is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). Pete greatly enjoys giving this presentation and has been doing so for more than four years.

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