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John Edwards coauthors book

Professor and Associate Dean John Edwards coauthored Basic Legal Research Workbook (Rev. 4th ed.), published by Wolters Kluwer. The book "provides a well-chosen range of exercises and assignments to familiarize students with basic print and electronic research sources."

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Anthony Gaughan interviewed on WHO-TV

Associate professor Anthony Gaughan comments on Rick Perry's announcement that he will stop paying campaign staffers in Iowa.

Watch the video on WHOtv.com.

Mark Kende authors textbook

Carolina Academic Press has recently published Comparative Constitutional Law: South African Cases and Materials in a Global Context by Mark S. Kende. Mark Kende is the director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center and a James Madison Chair Professor in Constitutional Law at Drake Law School. 


Anthony Gaughan in Newsweek

The piece Professor Anthony Gaughan wrote for The Conversation has been picked up by Newsweek. The article discusses the impact of Jeb Bush's super Pac on his potential run for the presidency.

Read Prof. Guaghan's article in Newsweek

Jerry Anderson discusses Des Moines Water Works lawsuit

Professor Jerry Anderson will discuss the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit Friday, May 22 on Green City, KFMG 99.1.


Drake Law professors featured in The Conversation

Professors Peter Yu and Anthony Gaughan both had pieces in The Conversation. Yu's piece covered the European Commissions antitrust against Google. Gaughan's piece was on Jeb Bush and Super PACs.

Read Prof. Yu's article
Read Prof. Gaughan's article

Article by David Walker makes top ten

David Walker's article, titled "A Consideration of an LLC For 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization," was recently listed on Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) "Top 10 Download List for: CGN: Partnerships, Business Trusts, LLCs, & Other Alternative Organizational Forms."

Read the article.

Peter Yu to speak on global drug procurement at Harvard Medical School conference

On April 16, Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will discuss international cooperation on drug procurement and supply at a Harvard Medical School conference. The event, which aims to identify innovations in the supply chain structure for second line drugs, will be held at the newly established Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery—Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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Keith Miller op-ed in The Des Moines Register

Professor Keith Miller wrote an op-ed regarding fantasy sports gambling for the Feb. 14 edition of The Des Moines Register.

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Peter Yu appointed to prestigious International Law Association committee

Professor Yu was recently appointed to the Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law of the International Law Association. Founded in Brussels in 1873 and now headquartered in London, this association is the preeminent international nongovernmental organization for developing and restating international law. Other U.S. committee members include Rochelle Dreyfuss (NYU), Jane Ginsburg (Columbia), and Marketa Trimble (UNLV). Yu currently sits on the executive committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and chairs its Committee on International Intellectual Property. He was the co-chair of the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Branch.

Peter Yu to speak at US Patent and Trademark Office

On Feb. 7, Professor Peter Yu will present his new study on the concept of copy in copyright law at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria. Speaking as part of the 2015 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Yu will join other intellectual property scholars in sharing their latest research. Yu's study was commissioned for a book project on "Access to Material and Immaterial Goods" organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. The book is forthcoming from Yu's Law, Technology and Society Series, a book series published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Keith Miller quoted in US Law Week

Professor Keith Miller was recently quoted in US Law Week regarding internet gambling on sports.

"Compared to 'tepid' support for Internet gambling, by a 'wide margin' people in the U.S. want sports betting to be legal, 'and not just in Nevada,' according to Keith C. Miller, a vice president of the International Masters of Gaming Law non-profit association. But the leagues, especially the National Football League, will continue to oppose changes unless they believe it is in their interest to allow betting, such as by garnering a percentage of its revenues, Miller, who is a professor at the Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, said. Silver’s comments could 'give that some momentum,' Miller told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 29.

Read the full article here.

Yu Discusses Intellectual Property Reforms in Finnish Ambassador's Residence in Beijing

Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, recently delivered a presentation on intellectual property law reform in the Finnish Ambassador's Residence in Beijing, China. The December 17 event was organized by the Finnish embassy for the business community.


Peter Yu to speak at 5th Anniversary Conference of Asia Pacific Innovation Network in Sydney

On November 27-29, Peter Yu will participate in the 5th Anniversary Conference of the Asia Pacific Innovation Network at the University of Technology, Sydney. The Drake Intellectual Property Law Center is one of the network's founding institutional partners, and Yu served on its inaugural management committee. He will deliver his paper on the comparative economics of international intellectual property agreements. He will also chair a panel on "Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation."

The week before the event, Yu delivered a paper on intellectual property enforcement at the Conference on "Intellectual Property on the Internet: Is there Life Outside of the Big Three?" at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. While in Australia, he will also speak at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In addition, he will give a faculty seminar on digital copyright reform in Hong Kong at School of Law at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Peter Yu on "the next great copyright act"

Professor Peter Yu contributed a piece titled, "The next great copyright act should be flexible and forward-looking," for The Conversation.

The Conversation US launched as a pilot project in October 2014. It is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.

David Walker's recent paper reaches Top Ten list

Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law and former dean David Walker recently had a paper earn accolades on SSRN. The paper, "A Consideration of an LLC FOR A 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization", was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: ERPN: Partnership & LLC Law (Sub-Topic). The paper has been downloaded 683 times. The abstract and download statistics can be found online.

Peter Yu to join pioneering Chinese judge for panel on specialized intellectual property courts

On November 7, Peter Yu will join Judge Cheng Yongshun on a panel discussing the role of specialized intellectual property courts at Loyola Law School—Los Angeles. Judge Cheng is a retired judge of the Beijing High People's Court and one of the first judges to hear intellectual property cases in China. Held during the 3rd Annual U.S.-China Intellectual Property Conference, the panel will also feature Professor Luo Li of Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing and Professors Jeffery Atik and Karl Manheim of Loyola Law School.

Peter Yu makes featured presentation in celebration of 30th Anniversary of Yantai University School of Law

On October 11-12, Professor Peter Yu visited China to serve as a featured presenter at the Asia-Pacific Intellectual Property Forum at Yantai University School of Law. The event was held as part of the school's 30th anniversary celebration. His presentation is entitled "China and Its Trans-Pacific Perplexities." While at Yantai, he also conducted a workshop on how to publish articles in journals listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Professor Yu has sat on the editorial board of multiple SSCI law journals.

Peter Yu to discuss science and human rights at Yale Law School

Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will join U.N. Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights Farida Shaheed and other leading human rights experts in the "Patent Regimes and the Right to Science and Culture" workshop at Yale Law School on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


Anthony Gaughan with "Americans must not lose faith in Supreme Court"

Professor Anthony Gaughan was in The Des Moines Register with an op-ed on why "Americans mus not lost faith in Supreme Court."
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Russ Lovell on IPR's River to River

Russell Lovell, professor emeritus, was part of a 3-member panel on Iowa Public Radio's River to River on September 25. Other panelists included Camilla Taylor of LAMBDA Legal and lead attorney in Varnum v. Brien and Ben Stone, former director of ACLU of Iowa.

The topic was The Historic Civil Rights Decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Listen to the podcast.

New edition of eBook, Legal Research Supplement: Exercises on Lexis Advance®, authored by Karen Wallace and Melissa Weresh, now available

The updated 3rd edition of the eBook, Legal Research Supplement: Exercises on Lexis Advance®, authored by Professors Karen Wallace and Melissa Weresh, has just been released. A description be found here.

Peter Yu to deliver keynote address at University of Toledo China Conference

Professor Peter Yu will deliver a keynote address at the "Doing Business in China: A Legal and Commercial Review" Conference at the University of Toledo on Friday, October 3. The title of his address is "Intellectual Property Protection in China: Same Old, Same Old or Is There Something New?"

The conference is organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Toledo in conjunction with the Regional Growth Partnership (the economic development agency for Ohio and Southern Michigan), the Toledo Bar Association and the Toledo Intellectual Property Bar Association.

Anthony Gaughan published in Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy

Professor Anthony Gaughan will have an article published in the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy this fall (2014).  The title of his article is, "In Defense of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.”

Allan Vestal in The Des Moines Register

Professor and former dean Allan Vestal offers his opinion on the Air Force's decision to refuse re-enlistment of an athiest airman who "could not conscientiously swear to a required oath that includes the affirmation, 'so help me God.'"

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Peter Yu to join Chinese delegates in 20th Anniversary Conference at John Marshall Law School

On Sept. 18, Peter Yu will join delegates from China in a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the collaboration between the State Intellectual Property Office in China and John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Yu will present a paper on the current U.S.-China dispute over inadequate protection of trade secrets. Later that weekend, he will also share his views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in the 22nd Annual Taiwan Studies Conference, organized by the Center for Asian Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Prof. Derek Wilson on Iowa Public Radio's River to River

Global Practioner in Residence Derek Wilson will appear on Iowa Public Radio's River to River on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 12-1 p.m. As an expert on global separatist movements, he will be discussing Scotland's possible separation from the United Kingdom, a vote that is schedule to happen on Sept. 18.

Peter Yu op-ed in Des Moines Register

Professor Peter Yu offers an op-ed in the Sept. 2, 2014 edition of the Des Moines Register regarding Iowa's ability to innovate on vaccine research.  Read more... 

Shontavia Johnson in Lift Iowa

Shontavia Johnson, associate professor of law, featured in Lift Iowa as "Iowa Females You Should Know." Lift Iowa is a Business Record publication.  Read more... 

Danielle Shelton appointed to Commission on Continuing Legal Education by Iowa Supreme Court

Professor Danielle Shelton will serve as a member of the State Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a three year term ending June 30, 2017, as appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court. Primarily, the commission is responsible for the oversight of continuing legal education in Iowa.  The main responsibilites of the commision include exercising general supervisory authority over the administration of this chapter; accrediting courses, programs, and other educational activities which will satisfy the educational requirements of this chapter; and to foster and encourage the offering of such courses, programs and educational activities.

Andrea Charlow featured on AAML webinar

Andrea Charlow, associate dean at Drake Law, recently participated as a panelist for a webinar sponsored by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. The panelists discussed how to establish or modify a child custody, how to register and enforce foreign court orders, and how to determine jurisdiction under the act. Topics included emergency jurisdiction, modification procedures, exclusive continuing jurisdiction, substantial connection issues, PKPA interplay, relevant case law, mandatory attorney's fees and all costs, and international application (interplay with Hague Convention).

Martin Begleiter publishes article and attends Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Section of ISBA

Martin Begleiter's article Grim Fairy Tales: Sotires of Wicken Stepmothers, Poisoned Apples, and The Elective Share will be published by the Albany Law Review this spring.

In addition, Professor Begleiter attended the Council and Section meetings of the Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Section of The Iowa State Bar Association in mid-August.  He is in the role of Advisor and Resource person for the Section. Proposed legislation, much of which was drafted by Professor Beglieter, will make it easier for a married couple to transfer property to third parties and arrange their affairs more easily.  It was passed by the Section and will be submitted to the Board of Governors of the ISBA. If approved, it will be submitted to the Legislature as part of the ISBA Affirmative Legislative Package.

Andrew Jurs quoted in LeMars Daily Sentinel

As an expert in criminal law and procedure, Andrew Jurs comments on why a person may enter a please of not guilty even after a confession.  Jonathan Neunaber is accused of killing his elderly mother. Read more...

Andrew Jurs presents at Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

Professor Andrew Jurs, associate professor of law, recently presented at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha.  His presentation was titled, "Expert Gatekeeping- A Recent Survey on Judicial Scrutiny of Expert Reliability."

Peter Yu ranked #2 scholar for intellectual property law

Professor Peter Yu was recently ranked as the #2 Experienced Intellectual Property Scholar by Written Description, a patent and IP blog reviewing recent scholarship on patent law, IP theory, and innovation.

Peter Yu provides analysis of new copyright bill in Hong Kong Legislative Council

Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, provided a detailed analysis of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the Hong Kong Legislative Council.  Read more...

Melissa Weresh concludes time as president of Legal Writing Institute

June marks the end of Professor Melissa Weresh’s two-year term as president of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). Read more...

Jerry Anderson co-authors law textbook

Professor Jerry Anderson recently co-authored a law text book with Daniel Bogart. The book is titled Property Law: Practice, Problems and Perspectives and is being published by Aspen Law School Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Read more...

Director and producer James Huffman created a trailer for the first of its kind video simulation that goes with the textbook.

Property in Practice (Educational Video Series) - Official Trailer from James Huffman on Vimeo.

Mark Kende weighs in on Supreme Court decision

Mark Kende, professor of law and director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, was a guest speaker on Iowa Public Radio regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

Read more and listen to the discussion.

Peter Yu joins corporate counsels of major fashion houses in discussing brand protection

On Saturday, May 10, Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, spoke at the "Charting the New Frontiers of Intellectual Property Protection of Fashion Brands and Designs" Conference in Hong Kong. Read more...

Brent Pattison publishes chapter in children's rights book

Professor Brent Pattison, director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights and clinical associate professor of law, recently published a chapter titled, "Staying on Track: Protecting Youth in School Discipline Actions," in the book, "Changing Lives: Lawyers Fighting for Children” by Lourden M Rosado, published by ABA Book Publishing.  Read more...

David McCord serves on panel with Des Moines Metro Opera

Drake Law School partnered with Des Moines Metro Opera to present “The American Death Penalty as Reflected in the Opera ‘Dead Man Walking’: Age-Old Themes, Emerging Trends, and Recent Developments.”  Read more...

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