Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseCorporate and Business Law, Nonprofit Organizations, Sales, Contract Drafting
EducationLL.B University of Virginia School of Law
Virginia Law Review
B.A. Yale University, cum laude
ExperienceDrake Professor since 1975
Dean, Drake Law School, 1987-1996, 2003-2008;
Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Indianapolis;
Assistant Professor, University of Akron School of Law
Selected PublicationsAmicus Curiae for the NAACP (with Russell E. Lovell II), Rent-A-Center, Inc. v. Iowa Civil Rights Comm’n (Iowa 2014).
"A Consideration of an LLC for a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization," 38 William Mitchell L. Rev. 627 (2012).
“Limited Liability Companies under the Revised Iowa Limited Liability Company Act,” 2010 Business Law Manual (3d ed. Iowa State Bar Association 2010).
“Teaching and Learning Professionalism in the First Year, with Some Thoughts on the Role of the Dean,” 40 U. Toledo L. Rev. 421 (2009).
Significant AccomplishmentsUniform Law Commission (ULC), 1992-present; Member, ULC Scope and Program Committee (2011-2013), Executive Committee (2013-present)
Chair, ABA-ULC Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Unincorporated Business Organizations (2013-present), Chair (2015-present)
Member, ULC Drafting Committees for the Uniform Limited Partnership Act, Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (also Chair), Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act, Harmonization of Business Entity Acts, Model Entity Transactions Act, and Series for Unincorporated Business Entities Acts
Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Section: Member, 1997-2013; Section Chair, 2003-2004; Member, Section Council, 2009-2012, 2015-present; Chair, Corporate Laws Committee, 2009-Present
Legal Redress Committee, NAACP Des Moines Branch - Co-chair (2012-Present)
Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Long Range Planning Implementation Committee (1996-97)
Iowa State Bar Association President’s Award (2004)
Integrating Theory and Practice
"To teach and work with students, to help students to learn the law and how to practice it, is something I love doing. Among the great strengths of Drake Law School are its tradition of integrating the theory and practice of the law and its orientation toward the profession. That is the framework within which I teach, whether the context is one of business relations or civil litigation.