Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseCivil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Remedies, First-Year Trial Practicum, Constitutional Litigation
EducationB.B.A. University of Notre Dame, cum laude
J.D. University of Nebraska with distinction, Order of the Coif
Research Editor, Nebraska Law Review
LL.M. University of Missouri-Kansas City
ExperienceDrake Professor since 1976; Associate Dean, 2004 - 2010 and 1987 - 1991; Director, Clinical Programs, 1995 - 1999
Director, First-Year Trial Practicum, 1998 - 2011
Director of Litigation, Indiana Center on Law & Poverty
Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Indianapolis
Law Clerk, Hon. Floyd Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.
Director, Public Service Scholarship Program, 1995 - present.
Selected PublicationsCourt Awarded Attorney's Fees: Examining Issues of Delay, Payment, and Risk, AMERICAN BAR ASSOC. BOOK
Trial Practicum Integral to First-year Law School Curriculum, 90 JUDICATURE 114
The First-Year Trial Practicum Engages Students in Actual Jury Trial, INNOVATIVE EDUCATION, SYLLABUS 16-17
The University of Michigan Cases: Affirmative Action at the Cross Roads, 51 DRAKE L. REV. 667
Significant AccomplishmentsExcellence in Service Award, Iowa Legal Aid, 2008
Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, National NAACP Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2005
Trailblazer Award, NAACP 10-State West Central U.S. Region IV, 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, 2003
President's Award for Individual Community Service, Des Moines NAACP, 1988, 1999, 2004
“Rose” from DES MOINES REGISTER editorial board, 2000 and 2005, for public service contributions
Counsel of record, 14 reported civil rights cases, including desegregation of Indiana State Police and Des Moines Fire departments; set U.S. Supreme Court precedent in the Kansas City school desegregation that will encourage private attorneys to provide representation in civil rights cases to individuals who otherwise cannot afford an attorney
Madelyn Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award, Drake University, 1998
From the very beginning in 1839 Iowa courts and lawyers, often with a direct contribution by Drake Law School alums and faculty, have played a leadership role in the progressive evolution of civil rights and the development of the lawyer as private attorney general. It has been a joy to contribute in small part to that tradition, as a law teacher and scholar at Drake and as an advocate, and see the law work as an engine for justice and equality.