The Drake Law School awards six full-tuition Public Service Scholarships each year. These awards are made to entering students and are renewable for the second and third years. In addition, the scholarship program has been expanded to include substantial awards to returning students as well. At the conclusion of the 1L year, two additional Drake law students will be awarded a Public Service Scholarship award equal to three-quarters tuition (renewable for the third year). It is contemplated that, in any given year, six Drake students will hold full-tuition awards (two 1Ls, two 2Ls hold renewal scholarships, and two 3Ls hold renewal scholarships) and four students will hold three-quarter tuition scholarships (two 2Ls and two 3Ls hold renewal scholarships). Thus, the Public Service Scholarship Program will fund scholarships for ten students in any given academic year.
Public Service Scholars will be included in a Program of activities designed to encourage them to explore the wide variety of public service career opportunities and to prepare them for a career of public service.
The following are expectations the Program has for its Scholars:
- Each Scholar will be matched with an attorney mentor who has a public service position or background. Each Scholar will meet with his or her mentor throughout the course of the academic year to discuss public service and public service legal career opportunities. In addition, the Program Director will be designated the Scholar's faculty advisor.
- Scholars will be required to participate in biweekly Public Service Program meetings and various Program functions. The biweekly meetings will include an annual public service speaker series and will provide opportunities for Scholars to discuss public service issues and employment opportunities, including students' summer intern experiences.
- Scholars must also perform administrative and other curricular responsibilities as assigned by the Program Director. Administrative tasks might include assisting at "The First Monday in October" public interest law day or at the Halloween Hoops Shoot Out, a community outreach event for youth, researching internship or placement opportunities or grant funding sources, and scheduling speakers. Scholars are expected to contribute thirty (30) hours each academic year.
- In the summer following either the 1L or 2L year, Scholars will participate in an internship with a public interest or public service organization for academic credit. Participation in the Drake Law School Legal Clinic during the summer following completion of the 2L year will also satisfy this requirement. Scholars will receive summer scholarship assistance to cover the tuition of either the internship or the clinic.
- A second internship or clinical experience is required either during the second or third school year or during the second summer. To fulfill this requirement, Scholars must participate in an internship with a public interest or public service employer approved by the Director. The internship can be done for academic credit or as a non-credit internship approved by the Director. The internship is without pay from the Program; however, the employer may provide compensation. If the internship is not done for academic credit, the Scholar must submit a written report on his or her experience to the Director.
Public Service Scholarship Application
to download the Public Service Application form.
Current and Former Public Service Scholars--A Few Profiles:Sydney Kronkow:
Sydney is a current Public Service Scholar at Drake. She has participated in several public service-related internships while a student, including a Poverty Law Internship with Legal Aid, a Judicial Internship with Magistrate Judge Bremer for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, a Legislative Internship with Representative Miller in the Iowa House of Representatives, and an internship with the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Her internship with the IFA led to her proposing legislation that would later be signed into law. Read more about this experience here
. Sydney is the President of the Student Bar Association at Drake and currently serves as the Drake Law Women Emergency Loan Fund Officer.Justin Gross:
Justin is a 2008 graduate of Drake Law and is currently employed as a staff attorney for Iowa Legal Aid. Click here
to view the Young Professionals Spotlight of Justin in the Des Moines Register.Erin E. Schneider:
Erin is currently a 3L at Drake and will be employed with Censeo Solutions, Inc., following graduation. During law school, Erin has been engaged with community programs that impact youth and education in addition to serving in multiple extra-curricular service opportunities at Drake.Nicole Rommero:
Nicole is currently a Public Service Scholar at Drake. During her time at Drake, Nicole has interned at the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division, tutored and mentored high school students, and she is currently interning at with the Iowa Senate.Sharon Wegner:
Sharon is a current Public Service Scholar at Drake. Though only in her 1L year, she came into Drake with a heart for public service, having served in the Peace Corps prior to law school.John H. Moorlach:
John is a 2004 graduate of Drake Law School. From 2004-2006, John clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Pratt, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. In 2011, John became a member attorney of the law firm of Whitfield & Eddy, PLC, in Des Moines, Iowa. John continues to perform public service law largely by representing indigent parties in the Iowa federal courts on a pro bono basis in civil matters.Lisa D. Kirkpatrick:
Lisa has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota since graduating from Drake Law School in 2001.Erica Nichols Cook:
Erica is a staff attorney for the Wrongful Conviction Grant at Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Prior to this position, Erica was an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for two years. Erica volunteers at expungement summits and is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association.Sara Edmundson:
Sara is currently employed as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in Dallas, Texas. Brandy R. Lundy:
Brandy is an attorney with the Lundy Law Office, practicing almost exclusively with court-appointed juvenile court matters, the majority of which as guardian ad litem. Brandy also provides pro bono services to clients in district court matters. She has been doing this for the past three and a half years.Theresa E. Hassler:
Theresa graduated from Drake Law School in 2010 and is from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently employed with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, as the Director of Communications, Government Relations, and Community Organizing.Bryan Dearinger:
Bryan is currently in his fourth year as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington D.C. Bryan came to this position through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Within the Civil Division, Bryan works as a federal trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch, which litigates on behalf of approximately 100 federal agencies, the President, Cabinet officers, and other government officials. The general mission of the Federal Programs Branch is reflected at http://www.justice.gov/civil/fedprog/fedprog_home.html
. Bryan donates time to two separate pro bono organizations in Washington D.C. First, he represents petitioner victims of domestic violence—and sometimes their minor children as well—in civil protection order cases in D.C. Superior Court as a pro bono trial attorney for the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project. Second, Bryan continues to help staff the family law and domestic violence legal clinic for WEAVE—Washington Empowered Against Violence.Judge Joel Miller:
Judge Miller has served as the Associate Circuit Judge for Worth County, Missouri, since September, 2006. The Worth County Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction, including all criminal, civil, and probate matters that may come before it. Judge Miller also presides over all child abuse and child neglect cases by local rule in a five-county area in northwest Missouri. Judge Miller works hard to provide fair and efficient justice for those he serves, acting as a living illustration of the mission statement "Serving the Community Through the Rule of Law." Judge Miller credits his abilities to serve his home community in part to Drake Law School, the Public Service Scholar Program, and the guidance of his mentors during law school.Jill M. Anderson:
Jill is currently employed at Brown Law Offices, P.A., where she practices family law. She continues to give back to her community through public service by providing pro bono family law services direclty to clients through her employment at Brown Law; as a volunteer attorney at Legal Assistance of Washington County in Stillwater, Minnesota; as a volunteer attorney at Judicare of Anoka County in Anoka, Minnesota; and as a volunteer visit supervisor at Child Safety Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.