Judge Richard G. Blane, II
Judge Blane, West Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1995. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Drake University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1970 and his law degree in 1973. After graduation, he worked as an assistant Polk County attorney, first assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, and for a private firm in Des Moines. Judge Blane is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, as well as the Iowa Judges Association, and Iowa Supreme Court Rules Committee.
Judge Robert J. Blink
Judge Blink of West Des Moines was appointed to the bench in 1995. He received his undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communications from North Central College in Illinois in 1972 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1975. He has served as an assistant Polk County Attorney, Assistant Iowa Attorney General and Special Deputy United States Attorney. He was also a partner in a Des Moines law firm before becoming a judge. He has been a professor at Drake University Law School since 1981. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Blink is an Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.
Richard Calkins graduated from Northwestern University Law School after completing his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth. After graduating from law school he served as clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court for two years. He practiced law in Chicago until being named as the Dean of the Drake Law School in 1980, serving in that position until 1988. Since then he has served as an adjunct while practicing law and specializing in arbitration and mediation. He has been president of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, the American Mock Trial Association, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and the Blackstone Inn of Court. See also www.calkinsmediation.com/biography.htm
Angela Campbell is the co-founder of Dickey & Campbell Law Firm P.L.C. She graduated from Yale University with a double major in anthropology and political science. Subsequently, she graduated magna cum laude
from Boston College Law School. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk to the Honorable C. Arlen Beam in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Campbell is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York. She is also licensed in the Southern District of Iowa, Northern District of Iowa, District of Nebraska, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Heather L. Campbell is a shareholder with Belin McCormick, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she practices health care and corporate law. She graduated from Grand View University in 1996 with a nursing degree and practiced as a registered nurse prior to attending law school. Heather graduated from Drake University Law School with Highest Honors and Order of the Coif in 2001.
Philip De Koster
Philip De Koster is an attorney at De Koster & De Koster in Hull, Iowa, where his practice includes estate planning, probate, litigation, and ART law. He graduated from Drake University Law School, Order of the Coif. He was awarded the Jeffery and Elizabeth Goodman Distinguished Advocate Award for excellence and proficiency in client representation and advocacy and the Iowa State Bar Association Graduating Senior Award. Philip competed on the ABA and National Moot Court teams. Before attending Drake, he graduated with distinction and honors from Iowa State University with a major in Sociology and minors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Music. In his free time, Philip is a licensed private pilot and enjoys both indoor and outdoor gardening. He has also proudly endowed an award in honor of Dr. K.M. Waggoner to recognize Drake Law School students who work to be a mentor to their peers. De Koster is the Oral Advocacy Program Director at Drake Law.
Steve Foritano is the Bureau Chief of the General Trial Bureau of the Polk County Attorney's Office, a position he has held since 1991. This position includes management of the General Trial Bureau and an active case load involving the investigation and prosecution of major offenses.
Steve is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa working primarily on firearms cases involving Project Safe Neighborhoods. Previously, Steven served as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General (1982-1986, 1988-1991). He is a recipient of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Integrity Award and the Iowa County Attorney Association Award of Merit.
At Drake Law, Steve teaches trial advocacy and coaches the National Mock Trial team for the Law School.
J. Barton Goplerud
Bart Goplerud is a 1990 graduate of Drake University Law School where he was active in Law Review and Moot Court. He has a law practice in Des Moines as a litigator and mediator, Hudson, Mallaney, Shindler & Anderson.
Thomas P. Graves is the owner and sole practitioner at Graves Law Firm, P.C. where he practices criminal, family, and juvenile law. A graduate of Drake Law School, Graves also has an M.A. from Drake and a B.A. from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. For thirty years, Graves lobbied at the Iowa General Assembly in the area of telecommunications. A former Court Appointed Special Advocate, he has a special interest and affinity for cases in Iowa juvenile courts.
Robert D. Hodges
Robert D. Hodges is an attorney with the BrownWinick firm in Des Moines, Iowa. He practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, and business law. He graduated from Central College with a B.A. in Business Management. After receiving his J.D. from Drake Law School, Robert accepted a commission in the United States Army and served as a Judge Advocate at the Corps and Brigade level. After leaving active duty, Robert continued his education at Georgetown University Law Center and received his LL.M. in taxation.
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Jill R. Jensen-Welch is a shareholder-attorney at Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, P.C., in Des Moines, specializing in Employment Law and Civil Litigation. Jill has B.A., M.S., and J.D. degrees from Drake University. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Minnesota. Before becoming an attorney, Jill was a human resources professional for over fifteen years at various employers in Des Moines. She is a lifetime-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Kristy Latta is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of the law firm’s education law practice area, and primarily works with public school district clients. Kristy graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2002. She graduated with high honors from Drake University Law School in 2005, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Kristy participated in law review and served as a teacher’s assistant for the legal research and writing program. She is a frequent speaker at school law seminars, and has been an instructor at Iowa State University - Iowa School Business Management Academy and Viterbo University.
Dan Lorentzen is an attorney at McKee, Voorhees & Sease P.L.C. where he practices as an intellectual property and patent attorney. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and his primary focus is on inventions involving biotechnology. Before attending Drake University Law School, Dan obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Program in Immunology.
Justice Ed Mansfield
Justice Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011. Ed earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1978 and his law degree from Yale in 1982. After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, he practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona and then with the Belin Law Firm in Des Moines from 1996 until being appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009.
After graduating from Drake Law School, Dustin Miller helped create the Harvest Initiative, Inc., which promotes a commercially viable, self-sustaining economic environment for Crow Creek Sioux Reservation. He was hired by the Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Office to assist in bringing agricultural law together with federal Indian law. His role in this position is to act as the primary federal Indian law consultant for the Office of the General Council on projects across the Department.
Nikki Miras Mordini
Nikki Miras Mordini is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm practicing in the areas of immigration, criminal law, and family law. Nikki graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in Sociology, and worked as a legal advocate for domestic violence victims for five years before beginning law school. She graduated with honors from Drake Law School in 2004.
Jeff Noble is a1990 graduate of Drake University Law School. He is a Polk County Assistant District Attorney and a Drake Mock Trial Team Coach.
Private Law Practice, Omaha, Nebraska, 1960-67, and Des Moines, Iowa 2003 to present; Director, Black Hawk County Legal Aid Society, 1967-69. Received first annual achievement award from the Office of Legal Services as the outstanding legal service program with six or less attorneys (1968), and Director, Legal Aid Society of Polk County, 3/1/69 to 12/31/2002, received Dorsey Award by the American Bar Association for his exemplary career as a legal aid attorney, 2003; Adj. Drake Law School, Drake University, Civil Procedure, criminal procedure, and consumer protection; August 1972 to 1975; Adj. Assistant professor, The School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Family Law, Fall Semester, 1972 and 1978 to 1998, Grand View College, Des Moines, Family Law, 1982 to 1998; Other activities include being chair, Nebraska Advisory Committee to U.S. Civil Rights Commission, co-founder, Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED), Omaha Lawyers for Fair Housing, founding member of Nebraska affiliate of ACLU; Booklet, Rights of the Mental Retarded, (1973).
Lee A. Pizzimenti
Lee Pizzimenti was Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law. She is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and the University of Michigan. She clerked for the Honorable Albert J. Engel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced with the Dykema firm in Detroit, Michigan. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and as an officer of the Morrison Waite Chapter of the Inns of Court. She has made presentations at many CLE seminars on professional ethics.
Bill Raisch is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa and a 1974 graduate of Drake University Law School. His corporate experience includes serving as General Counsel for Ryko Manufacturing.
Dr. Ryan is Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa and has taught at Simpson College and Drake. She earned her law degree at the University of Iowa and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Judge Paul Scott
Judge Scott, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1984 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1987. Prior to taking the bench he was in private practice. Judge Scott is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is the current secretary treasurer of the Iowa Judges Association.
Ed Sease is a partner in McKee, Voorhees & Sease and has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney, trademark attorney, intellectual property litigator and professor. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Drake University in 1964 and his law degree, graduating Order of the Coif, from Drake in 1967. Before joining the law firm in 1973, Ed worked for seven years in the Patent Department of Proctor & Gamble. Due to his commitment to the practice of intellectual property law, Ed is an active member in many professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity and others.
Amy Skogerson practices as a collaborative attorney and mediator, working primarily in the areas of family law and public utility. A graduate of Iowa State University and Creighton University School of Law, Amy was a partner at Jungmann & Skogerson, P.C., for several years prior to opening her current law firm, Skogerson Law, P.C., in Van Meter.
W. Charles Smithson
Charlie Smithson is the Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. He is a contributing author to the book "Money, Politics, and Campaign Finance Reform Law in the States" and has written several articles on governmental ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance as well as being a frequent lecturer on those topics. He is on the Editorial Board for the journal Public Integrity and he teaches Election Law at Drake University Law School where he is an Honorary Member of The Order of the Barristers and serves on the Legislative Practice Center Advisory Board.
Kim StamatelosKim Stamatelos
is engaged in the solo practice of Law and Mediation in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her J.D. degree from Drake University Law School in 1981. After graduation from law school Kim was General Counsel of Rodeway Inns International, Inc. in Dallas, Texas and later was Corporate Counsel for Chili's (Restaurants), Inc. Upon returning to Iowa Kim established U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Iowa, eventually expanding the company into five Midwestern states. Kim also held the office of Vice President of Training and Business Development for JAMS, Inc. in Irvine California, a private mediation firm with over thirty offices nationwide. Kim has taught mediation and negotiation courses at Drake University Law School and Arizona State University Law School and has trained hundreds of judges, lawyers and businesspeople to be mediators throughout the country.
Ed Tormey serves as General Counsel of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He has held this position since 2004. Prior to that, he was Legal Office Chief for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ed also practiced environmental law in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Ed currently serves on the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee of the American Bar Association.
Breanna Young is a partner at Nelson Young & Braland in Earlham. She is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, charter member of the Iowa Academy of Trust & Estate Counsel, and immediate past Chair of The Iowa State Bar Association Probate, Trust, and Estate-Planning Section. In August 2015, Chief Justice Cady appointed Breanna to the Iowa Supreme Court’s Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force to review and make recommendations about Iowa’s guardianship and conservatorship laws and procedures. She is a frequent presenter for state and local bar associations.