James O. Freedman

James O. Freedman


President University of Iowa
University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Law

Biographical Information

James O. Freedman was President of the University of Iowa from 1982 until 1987. Mr. Freedman was born September 21, 1935, in Manchester, NH, where his father taught high school English and his mother was an accountant. Following his graduation from Central High School, he attended Harvard University where he received a bachelor's degree cum laude in 1957. He then worked as a reporter for the Manchester Union Leader before attending Yale Law School. He graduated cum laude in 1962 and immediately began serving as a law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall. He followed this with a year as an associate for the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. In 1964, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was named dean in 1979. In 1982, he was appointed president of the University of Iowa, in which capacity he served for five years. (from the Dartmouth News, March 21, 2006)

See also his obituary in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/22/national/22freedman.html



James O. Freedman, "Liberal Education and the Legal Profession." 39 Southwestern Law Journal 741 (1985).
James O. Freedman, "The Law as Educator." 70 Iowa Law Review 487 (1985).