This year’s Boyd convocation speaker is an Iowa Law grad who played a key role in negotiating the $25 billion settlement with the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Patrick Madigan, Class of 1998, is an assistant attorney general in the Iowa Attorney General’s office, which spearheaded talks to broker a deal with lenders that helps underwater homeowners adjust their mortgages. Madigan has worked at the Iowa AG’s consumer protection office for eight years. Before moving back to Iowa, he worked for a large law firm in Colorado and, immediately after graduation, clerked for Judge Lay of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
With his boss Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller at the forefront of negotiations, Madigan was instrumental in doing the legwork, as this article from the Des Moines Register explained earlier this month. Madigan and Miller were among the few state legal officials who saw the mortgage crisis coming and tried to stop it, to no avail.
Madigan will speak at the convocation, which is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the west lobby of the Boyd Law Building. The Boyd Service Convocation honors Iowa Law students who have shown a committment to community service and it emphasizes the importance of volunteering for all future lawyers. It is named for Professor and President Emeritus Willard “Sandy” Boyd.