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Full-time Intellectual Property Faculty

The Drake IP Law Center faculty consists of accessible scholars with a wide range of expertise in various aspects of IP law and experienced attorneys practicing on the front lines of the profession. The size of the Law School allows faculty members to foster close relationships with students that help meet their educational, professional, and personal goals.

Edmund Sease

Ed Sease, partner at McKee, Voorhees, & Sease, PLC, and a 1967 alumnus of Drake Law School, is the interim director of the Drake IP Law Center. Sease has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney, trademark attorney, and IP litigator, and successfully argued J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining his law firm in 1973, he worked for seven years in the patent department of Proctor and Gamble. A long-time adjunct professor at Drake University Law School, he received his J.D. Order of the Coif and a B.A. in Chemistry from Drake University.

Shontavia Johnson

Prof. Shontavia Johnson
Shontavia Johnson, associate professor of law, brings to the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center her expertise in patent law and biotechnology. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
She sits on the Board of Directors of both the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association and the Science Center of Iowa. Most recently, she won the Ladas Memorial Award from the International Trademark Association. She also received the 2014 Gertrude Rush Award from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys.
Before joining Drake University Law School, Professor Johnson was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she taught a course on issues lying at the intersection of intellectual property and human rights. She was also named one of the “Most Supportive” law professors by the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association at Loyola.

She worked as an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP in Greenville, South Carolina. She is also the founder and director of Each One International, a nonprofit organization committed to eradicating educational disparities in impoverished communities. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Arkansas Law Review. She was an honors graduate of Clemson University, receiving her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering.

Her profile in Business Record is available online.

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Adjunct Faculty

Jeffrey D. Harty is a shareholder of Nyemaster Goode, P.C. He began his practice in patent prosecution, trademark registration and copyright issues, but now focuses most of his efforts on intellectual property litigation. Before becoming a patent attorney, he worked as a computer programmer with Andersen Consulting. He received his J.D. with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with high distinction from Iowa State University.

Donna E. Johns serves as an in-house counsel for Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. She began her legal career in private practice in Houston, Texas more than 20 years ago. Over the past decade, she has developed a special emphasis on intellectual property law. During 2008-2009, she was the president of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association. She holds her J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of Lytae and became a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She received her B.S. from Iowa State University. 

Last Modified: 9/24/2015 10:37:00 AM by Kayla Choate