Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseLegal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Contract Drafting, Civil Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Social Security Disability
EducationJ.D. Drake University Law School
Order of Coif, Articles Editor, Drake Law Review
B.A Southwest Missouri State University, magna cum laude
ExperienceDrake Law Professor since 2003
Clerk, Honorable Harold Vietor, U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Iowa
Kennedy, Holland, DeLacy & Suoboda, Omaha, NE
Costas & Norman, P.C., Valparaiso, IN
Self-employed in private practice
Selected PublicationsNew Ways to Teach Drafting and Drafting Ethics – Teaching Contract Drafting in Two Weeks, Special Report 2011, Transactions, Tennessee Journal of Business Law Transcript of Conference Proceedings.
Can Judges and Lawyers Be Facebook Friends? AALS Professional Responsibility Section Newsletter (Spring 2010).
Lisa Penland & Melissa H. Weresh, Legal Professionalism in the Real World (NITA 2009).
What a Transactional Lawyer Needs to Know: Identifying and Implementing Competencies for Transactional Lawyers, 5 J. ALWD 118 (Fall 2008).
Significant Accomplishments2013-2013: Executive Board, AALS Teaching Methods Section
2012: Program Committee, AALS Teaching Methods Section
2012-2013: Chair, Legal Writing Institute, Plagiarism Committee
2008-2013: Co-chair, Legal Writing Institute, Upper Level Legal Writing Committee
2008-2013: Drake University Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects Research)
2012-2013: Drake University Faculty Senate Executive Board
ResumeClick here to view/download Professor Reel Schmidt's curriculum vitae.
Defining the Profession
"It’s my belief that each person should work toward adding definition to his or her career rather than conforming to the existing definition. At law school, we teach law students how to think and communicate like lawyers. As a professor, I hope to infuse students with an enthusiasm and passion for the practice of law that will allow them to use these important legal skills to creatively add definition to the practice of law. "