IOWA CITY, Iowa | The University of Iowa College of Law presented Sioux City attorney Marvin Berenstein with its 2012 Alumni Achievement Award for his contributions to the law profession and community.
Berenstein, a senior partner of Berenstein, Moore, Heffernam, Moeller & Johnson, L.L. P., is a 1961 graduate of UI's College of Law.
"Marvin is a great example of the citizen lawyer as he has been both an outstanding lawyer and a committed citizen," said Willard "Sandy" Boyd, president emeritus of the University of Iowa and the Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law in presenting the award at a banquet Oct. 19. "He is a person always helping others on a one-on-one basis, as well as through organizations."
He cited Berenstein's service as a member of the Vision Iowa Board and president of the Iowa Board of Regents. He was the co-chairman of the State of Iowa Technology Transfer Council and chairman of the board of University Hospitals and Clinics. He currently serves on the Law School Foundation board.
In 2010, Berenstein gathered together a group of Sioux City business and community leaders to address the problem of homelessness.
"Once a plan was identified, Marvin amazingly, in less than a day, raised over $100,000 to get Welcome Home started," Boyd said, adding that Berenstein remains a driving force for the project. A total of 27 families have moved into permanent homes.
He previously served as a board member of the Siouxland Foundation, Siouxland Initiative, Marian Health Center Foundation, Sioux City Library Foundation and other charitable organizations. He is past president of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Berenstein's law career began in 1961 working for the Iowa Attorney General, before moving to Sioux City the following year to join the law firm. His practice focuses on business law and taxation, with emphasis on estate and corporate planning.
Berenstein and his wife of 54 years, Zena, have twin sons, Craig and Greg, who are 1985 graduates of the UI College of Law and are attorneys at the firm.