Cynthia Nance, Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Iowa School of Law, received the Hancher Alumni Medal -Finkbine from the University of Iowa 2021. The gold medal, one of the University of Iowa's highest honors, recognizes those who exemplify learning, leadership and loyalty. Nance received his medallion at a virtual dinner held by the Hancher-Finkbine Dinner Committee of the University of Iowa on April 20.
"Professor Nance's national stature as a leader in legal education, her demonstrated commitment to social justice issues, and her passion for helping her current and former students make her an exceptional leader," said Margaret Sova McCabe, Dean. of the law. college. "This award is a tribute to her remarkable work and personal warmth, and we are very proud of her."
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld introduced the award, saying, "Throughout their careers, students have praised [Nance’s] inspiration and mentorship, especially in their support of women, and particularly of women of color ".
Its nominator, Kevin Washburn, dean of the University of Iowa School of Law, said that Nance's scholarship and experience have had a real impact on the world. "Cynthia Nance answers calls to serve, and is called frequently."
Nance joined the faculty of the U of A School of Law in 1994 as an assistant professor and served as dean from 2006 to 2011. Her teaching and fellowships focus on employment and employment law, employment law, employment law. poverty and lawyers as leaders. and she was the first director of the law school of pro bono and community participation.
Nance's articles appear in journals such as Iowa Law Review Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law Rutgers Law Review and Brandeis Law Review . He has made presentations on various legal and educational topics nationally, as well as in Mexico, Brunei, Singapore, and Ukraine. She was a keynote speaker at the inaugural celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas.
He is a former member of the Eighth Circuit of the Standing Committee of the Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association and represents the Labor and Labor Law Section of the ABA in the House of Delegates. Nance is a member of the Labor and Employment Lawyers Association and an elected member of its Board of Governors. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and the Labor Law Group, and serves on the Arkansas Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission.
Nance is a member of the Diversity Commission of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Trustees Committee of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.
She has received several awards for outstanding service, including the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association, the Arthur A. Fletcher Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action, the American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Award, Arkansas Bar Association Award for Outstanding Citizen-Attorney and University of Arkansas Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in Public Service.
"I am grateful to receive this unique honor from my alma mater. I really appreciate the wonderful education I received from Iowa, and because of it, I am able to pay and encourage others," said Nance.
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