David Adelman, LW'06
I am a Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs and manage their Iowa office. Cornerstone is a bi-partisan government relations firm based in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Chicago, Ill., Houston, Texas, Jackson, Miss., and Baton Rouge, Lous. Our clients are diverse as are their interests but we focus mainly on direct lobbying, contract procurement and PAC advising. While at Drake Law...
My first year at Drake I worked for the Attorney General's Office and at a general practice law firm in West Des Moines. Over the summer I worked in the legal department for a presidential campaign in Washington, D.C. My second year I completed a legal internship with a State Senator, who at that time co-chaired the Health and Human Services Budget subcommittee and Economic Growth Committee. My third year I interned for a multi-client lobbying firm.
I had two mentors during my time at Drake. Julie Smith and Larry Pope were both professors at the law school and helped me focus on what I enjoyed relating to the practice of law and the profession of government affairs.
Drake allowed me to chart my own course as opposed to pushing career choices. The Legislative Practice program gave me real world experience and allowed me to develop contacts and a network, while in school, that has proved invaluable as I build my business.
Carrie (Kobrinetz) Malone, LW'11
I am currently a Research Analyst for the Iowa House of Representatives. I work for the Republican House Caucus Staff. I am tasked with becoming an expert in my issue areas: Human Resources and Natural Resources. I draft bill analyses and discuss their potential impact with members of my caucus and committee. I analyze legislation and administrative rules, work with bill drafters, and communicate with constituents.While at Drake Law...
I had a broad and comprehensive set of internships. I was a research analyst for local lobbyists Matt Eide and John Pederson. I was able to turn that experience into a legislative internship. In addition, I was a government relations intern at Kum & Go for two years. During my second year of law school, I interned with Senator David Johnson at the Iowa Capitol. Being able to participate in Iowa state politics for two years during law school helped immensely in my job search.
Julie Smith was a fantastic professor and a wonderful mentor. She has a comprehensive network of people that she was able to tap into so that her students could get the best internships, and therefore the best education possible.
Noreen (Bush) Otto, LW'06
I currently work as the Director, State Government Relations for Hy-Vee, Inc. I monitor legislative action and work with industry groups in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. I work on issues that impact Hy-Vee: everything from pharmacy concerns, to food labeling, to property taxes. It’s an amazing variety of work and issues in an array of different jurisdictions.White at Drake Law...
I started as a volunteer helping with absentee ballot security during the 2004 presidential campaign. I ended up working for the Republican Party of Iowa legal team as the Deputy Election Day Coordinator. I also was a summer intern for the Iowa Campaign and Ethics Board, including lobbying with the Director during the 2006 legislative session. I interned for a Iowa Senator as well as gave numerous hours with various campaign activities.
The team of attorneys I got to work with on election issues in 2004 really showed me that you could use a law degree in a way I had never considered. They were intelligent, passionate, and successful and it really opened my eyes to a possible career path.
Tim Whipple, LW'07
I am now serving as general counsel for the Iowa Economic Development Authority where I am responsible for legislative affairs, administrative rules, program administration, contract compliance, and administrative law issues.
My first position was as legal counsel to the Iowa legislature for taxation and economic development. In that capacity I drafted bills in those areas and staffed the legislature’s Ways and Means and Economic Growth committees.While at Drake Law...
The program requires one internship with a legislator and one with a lobbyist organization. I interned first with State Rep. Mark Kuhn and then with the Technology Association of Iowa. Both of those experiences were valuable to my later career options.
I decided to get the Legislative Practice Certificate because of the internship and networking opportunities it offered within state government and the Iowa lobbying industry. While the coursework required by the certificate program provides the necessary foundation for a career in legislative practice, the practical benefits of the internships turn out to be far more beneficial to those of us who have completed the program.