Faculty at Drake Law School are both scholars and experienced lawyers. You will find the professors outstanding, accessible and personally supportive. All Drake Law School faculty teach courses in which LL.M. credits can be earned. Please visit our faculty profiles for a complete list of Drake Law School faculty and their areas of expertise. The following faculty teach specifically in the areas of Business Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights and Global Citizenship, and Sustainable Development.
Judge Celeste Bremer
Judge Celeste F. Bremer is the Acting Director for the Law School's LL.M. Program. She is a nationally-known expert on judicial mediation, case management, and courthouse construction, teaches for the Federal Judicial Center, and has visited several countries to help establish judicial mediation programs. She has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa since 1984, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, J. D. 1977, and Drake University School of Education, Ed.D. 2002. She has taught at Drake Law School and currently teaches Leadership in Complex Organization in the Adult Education Master's Program at the School of Education.
Professor Hunter Clark
Professor Hunter R. Clark
is the author of numerous articles on human rights, foreign investment, and global economic development. A graduate of Harvard College, A.B. 1976, and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1979, Professor Clark is the author of two books: Justice Brennan: The Great Conciliator (1995) and Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench (1992). His forthcoming casebook, Comparative Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials, with co-author Mark Kende, director of Drake’s Constitutional Law Center, is scheduled for publication by LexisNexis/Matthew Bender in 2011.
Professor Jerry AndersonJerry L. Anderson
, Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, is co-author of a course book, Environmental Law Practice (Carolina Acad. Press, 3d ed. 2010), and articles on environmental law and land use control. He is co-founder of a public interest environmental law firm, Midwest Environmental Justice Advocates, and serves as the group’s managing attorney. He is on the board of editors of the Environmental Law Review, an international journal. Professor Anderson received his B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif.
Professor Neil Hamilton
Professor Neil D. Hamilton
is Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University. He has written extensively on such topics as food democracy, rural lands, intellectual property rights and plant genetics, and sustainable agricultural land tenure. He has lectured or taught in over 20 countries, and serves as an informal adviser to U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. His books include What Farmers Need to Know About Environmental Law (1990). Professor Hamilton received his B.S. in Forestry and Economics from Iowa State University in 1976, and his J.D. from the University of Iowa.
Professor Mark Kende
Professor Mark Kende
is James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law and director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, which was endowed by the U.S. Congress on the Bi-Centennial of the U.S. Constitution. Professor Kende has published and lectured extensively, including at Oxford University and the University of Paris-Sorbonne, as well as throughout the United States. He is the author of Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa and the U.S. (2009), and co-author with Professor Clark of the forthcoming LexisNexis casebook on comparative constitutional law. He received his B.A. cum laude with Honors in the Philosophy major at Yale University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the law review. He practiced at a civil rights law firm in Chicago with Barack Obama.
Professor David WalkerDavid S. Walker
, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law, teaches in the area of corporate and business law, including nonprofit organizations. He is active in the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, has successfully lobbied for the adoption of numerous Uniform Acts in Iowa, and has served on several drafting committees for Uniform Acts, including serving as Chair of the Drafting Committee for the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. He is also active in the Iowa State Bar’s Business Law Section and serves as a member of the Section Council and the Section’s Legislative Committee.
Professor Matthew DoréMatthew Doré
, a Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, teaches in the areas of corporate, commercial, and bankruptcy law. He received the Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor award for teaching excellence in 2008. Professor Doré is the author of Vols. 5 & 6 Iowa Practice—Business Organizations (West Publishing), the leading treatise on Iowa business associations law. His most recent article, "What, Me Worry? Tort Liability Risks for Participants in LLCs," will be published in Volume 11 of the U.C. Davis Business Law Review (2011). Professor Doré is an active member of the Iowa State Bar Association and currently chairs the ISBA’s Business Law Section, as well as the Section’s Legislative Committee. He has been actively involved in the drafting and revision of business association and commercial laws for the state of Iowa for many years. Professor Doré received his B.A. with high honors from Rice University and his J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas Law School.