|EVENT FOCUSES ON LACK OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN IOWA LAW AND POLITICS|
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|Written by Jacqueline Langland|
|Monday, 27 February 2012 14:21|
March 1 event features experts and ground-breaking women in the legal and political fields who will open up a dialogue about the lack of gender diversity in all levels of Iowa's government and examine the implications of the problem.
On March 1, 2012, female judges, lawyers, politicians, and experts will speak at the Boyd Law Building’s Levitt Auditorium, 130 Byington Road, Iowa City, I.A., at The University of Iowa. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at Hotel Vetro, Plaza Towers #1106, 201 South Linn Street, Iowa City, I.A.
“The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice has historically hosted annual symposia that focus on national legal issues related to our mission. This year, we thought that it was important to host a conference that would focus on an issue specific to Iowa--the lack of gender diversity throughout all levels of Iowa's government,” said Rachael Jensen, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal and third-year law student. “The possibility for dialogue on this issue is far-reaching, and we expect a wide audience that will include the legal community, student groups, and citizens. This discussion is important because as it stands now, when branches of the government are making important decisions, critical voices and perspectives are missing. In addition to critiquing the status quo, we also hope to provide a positive message by highlighting the achievements of women who have succeeded and giving them a forum to share their experiences.”
The conference is sponsored by The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, a student-run law journal at The University of Iowa College of Law. More information about the event and the Journal can be found at http://blogs.law.uiowa.edu/jgrj.
The conference is free and open to the public. People in need of accommodations are asked to contact the Journal in advance at
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