Arabella (Belle) Babb Mansfield graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1866. The following year she began studying law with her brother at his law office in Mount Pleasant, and in 1869 Belle sat for the bar exam and became the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. Belle never practiced law in the traditional sense. Instead, she enjoyed a long and successful career as an educator, public orator, world traveler, art historian and journalist.
The Belle Babb Mansfield Symposium pays homage to her legacy of achievement and the impact of women in Iowa Wesleyan’s past, present and future.
Thursday, April 3
11:00 a.m. - The Belle Babb Mansfield Inaugural Forum
Panel Discussion: “Exploring traditional and non-traditional uses of a legal education”
Adam Trieschmann Hall of Science Auditorium
Mary Ann Brown, J.D.
Iowa District Judge, Eighth Judicial District
Kate Moreland, J.D.
Director of Collaboration and Community Relations, Iowa City Area Development Group
Annette J. Scieszinski, J.D.
Iowa District Judge, 8-A Judicial District
Josie Bainter Thomas, J.D.
Legal Assistant, Bainter and Thomas Law Office in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Lunch with Panelists and Community
West Private Dining, John Wesley Holland Student Union
1:00-3:30 p.m. - Service in Action
“The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women”
Central Campus lawn
Rain location: Howe Student Activity Center Atrium
Class visit with Christie Vilsack and Kate Moreland
“Topics in Education and International Teaching”
Room 110, Chadwick Library
Law School 101: Learn about law school
from a recent graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law
Espy/McCurdy Room, Howe Student Activity Center
7:00 p.m. - The Belle Babb Mansfield Inaugural Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, L.H.D. H’99
Senior Advisor for International Education, USAID and IWC Honorary Trustee