Executive Director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic
Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseJuvenile Law, Litigation
EducationJ.D. Drake University School of Law
B.S. Morningside College, summa cum laude
ExperienceDrake Professor since 2006
Administrator, Iowa Child Advocacy Board, 2000-2006
Private Practice of Law for 23 years, specializing in litigation (criminal and civil – state and federal courts), juvenile law and appeals.
Selected Publications"Beyond Grading: Assessing Student Readiness to Practice Law," 16 Clinical Law Review 401 (2010).
"Effective Assistance of Counsel: Quality of Representation for Juveniles is Still Illusory", 9 Barry Law Review 99 (2007).
"The Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act: Clarification and Enhancement of the Federal Act", 54 Drake Law Review 101 (2005).
"Real Collaboration Results in Better Outcomes for Kids", Fostering Families Today, Volume 11, Issue 5, November/December 2011.
"Changing the Character of the Practice of Law", The Iowa Lawyer, Volume 69, Number 3, March 2009.
Significant AccomplishmentsBoard of Directors, National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
“Angel in Adoption” Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Washington, D.C., 2004.
Senior Fellow, Center for Adoption Research, University of Massachusetts
Member, Oversight Committee, Iowa Supreme Court Select Committee to Review State Court Practices in Child Welfare Matters, (Court Improvement Project)
Board of Directors, National Association of Foster Care Reviewers
Member, National Advisory Board, Fostering Families Today Magazine
Member, Iowa Child Protection Council
Board of Governors, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
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Passion AND Profession
"Pablo Picasso said: “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Success in the practice of law requires not only competence and professionalism, but also passion. Throughout my private practice, I tempered my profession (litigation) with my passion (child advocacy). I hope to inspire students to blend a passion for advocacy for the rights of vulnerable citizens into their professional activities. This touch of passion will add a dimension to their careers that will give them a sense of fulfillment in both their professional and personal lives."