In 2012, the Constitutional Law Center introduced a new lecture series which will feature prominent experts on the topic of the Iowa Constitution. The inaugural lecture of the Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series was held on March 8, 2012. The lecture series is made possible through the gifts of Patrick Grant, LW'76
, and the Grant family.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The Honorable Edward Mansfield, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court
“Exploring the Original Meaning of Article I, Section 6 of the Iowa Constitution”
3 p.m. - Drake Law School, Cartwright Hall, Room 213
Justice Mansfield was born and raised in Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1978 and his law degree from Yale in 1982. After law school he clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Justice Mansfield worked as an attorney in private practice until his appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009. Justice Mansfield also has been an adjunct professor of law at Drake University since 1997. Justice Mansfield is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, having served as chair of the Trade Regulation Section from 2004-2006. He is a member of the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. Justice Mansfield also serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, and is a past chairperson of this organization.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Roxanne Conlin, Esquire
"Does the Iowa Constitution Provide a Remedy in Damages to Individuals Who Have Been Harmed by its Violation?”
3 p.m. - Drake Law School, Cartwright Hall, Room 213
Ms. Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines, where she exclusively represents people who have been injured, whether by discrimination, products, doctors, or vehicles. She entered Drake University in 1961, when she was only 16, and graduated from law school with honors five years later at the age of 21.
From 1969 to 1976, she was an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa, where she was head of the Iowa Civil Rights section. Her office brought numerous lawsuits against race and sex discrimination in Iowa. In 1977, she became one of the first two women ever to be a United States Attorney. She has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the fifty most influential women lawyers in America, as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and as one of the top 10 litigators. The Des Moines Register named her as "One of the Fifty Most Influential Iowans" in 2000. Her achievements have brought such honors as induction into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and national attention such as selection in 1975 as one of the “44 Women Who Could Save America.”
In 1982, Roxanne ran as a Democrat and was narrowly defeated in her effort to become the state’s first woman governor. She also ran for Iowa’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010. She has had many other firsts. She was the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a 60,000 member organization of plaintiff's attorneys. She was the first woman to chair the Roscoe Pound Foundation, a trial lawyers think-tank. She was the founder and first chair of the Civil Justice Foundation, which provides direct support to grass roots organizations and disabled individuals. *This program is approved for one credit hour of Iowa CLE (#160856). This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Honorable Brent R. Appel, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court
"State Constitutional Law in Iowa: Past, Present and Future"
3 p.m. - Drake Law School, Cartwright Hall, Room 206
Justice Appel was appointed to the Supreme Court of Iowa in 2006. A Dubuque native, he received his bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation from law school, Justice Appel served as a court law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1979, Justice Appel was appointed Iowa First Assistant Attorney General and, in 1983 became Iowa Deputy Attorney General. While serving in the Iowa Attorney General's office, Justice Appel argued and briefed four cases before the United States Supreme Court, including the second "Christian burial case”, Nix v Williams. From 1987 to his appointment in 2006, Justice Appel was engaged in private practice in central Iowa.
Justice Appel currently serves as Chair of the Iowa Children's Justice Council. In 2010, Justice Appel was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence. He was reappointed to the committee in 2013. *This program is approved for one credit hour of Iowa and Federal CLE (#129392). This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, April 5, 2013Sanford V. Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair, University of Texas School of Law Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin
"More Alike Than Different?: A Comparison of the U.S. and Iowa Constitutions"
4 p.m. - Drake Legal Clinic
Sanford Levinson teaches law and government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been a frequent visitor at the Harvard and Yale law schools, as well as a variety of law schools abroad. He is the author of many articles and books on various facets of American constitutional law, including Constitutional Faith
(2d ed. 2011), Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)
(2006) and, most recently, Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance
(2012). He is also a regular contributor to the popular blog Balkinization. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010.*This program is approved for one credit hour of Iowa CLE.
Thursday, March 8, 2012The Honorable Mark S. Cady, Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court
“A Pioneer’s Constitution: How Iowa’s Constitutional History Uniquely Shapes Our Pioneering Tradition in Recognizing Civil Rights and Civil Liberties”
4 pm, Drake Law School - Cartwright Hall, Room 213
Chief Justice Mark S. Cady was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998 and was named Chief Justice in 2011. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. Chief Justice Cady earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University. After graduating from law school in 1978, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Second Judicial District for one year. He was then appointed as an assistant Webster County attorney and practiced with a law firm in Fort Dodge. Cady was appointed a district associate judge in 1983 and a district court judge in 1986. In 1994, he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals. He was elected chief judge of the Court of Appeals in 1997.
Chief Justice Cady is a member of the Order of Coif (honorary), Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Judges Association, and Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (honorary). He is the Iowa chair of iCivics Inc. He also served as chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on the Court's and Communities' Response to Domestic Abuse and the Drake Law School Board of Counselors. Chief Justice Cady is the coauthor of Iowa Practice: Lawyer and Judicial Ethics
(Thomson-West 2007). He is also the coauthor of Preserving the Delicate Balance Between Judicial Accountability and Independence: Merit Selection in the Post-White World
, 16 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 101 (2008), and the author of Curbing Litigation Abuse and Misuse: A Judicial Approach
, 36 Drake L. Rev. 481 (1987).
Chief Justice Cady is an adjunct faculty member at Buena Vista University and serves on the President's Advisory Council.*This program is approved for one credit hour of Iowa and Federal CLE. This event is free and open to the public.