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Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Family Law, Juvenile Law, Negotiations and Mediation


LL.M. Columbia University School of Law
J.D. Albany Law School of Union University
  Albany Law Review
A.B. Vassar College, cum laude


Drake Professor since 1982
Hancock, Estabrook, Ryan, Shove & Hust, Syracuse, NY
Fellow, Columbia University School of Law

Selected Publications

"Taxation of Property Settlements Incident to Divorce: U.S. v. Davis: A Case of Confusion and a Time for Change", Hein's Legal Thesis and Dissertations

"Alimony, Child Support, and Counsel Fees," Matthew Bender

"Jurisdictional Gerrymandering & The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act" 25 Family Law Quarterly 299

"Awarding Child Custody: The Best Interests of the Child and Other Fictions," 5 Yale Review of Law & Social Policy 261

"Race, Poverty, & Neglect," 28 William Mitchell Law Review 763

Significant Accomplishments

Interviewed on National Public Radio "All Things Considered"

Past Chair, Governor's Advisory Committee on Child Support Enforcement

Member, Board of Directors, Iowa Legal Services Corporation

Iowa Supreme Court Training and Education Task Force

Frequent presentations on issues of family law

On Legal Theory and (Sometimes Grim) Reality

"Legal theories - like the rule that courts should do what is in the best interests of the child - are not just empty abstractions. They have very real consequences.

The saddest case I ever saw was when a woman lost custody of her son to her husband because he had more money than she did. Everyone but the judge knew she would never see her son again, and in fact, she didn't; the husband hid the child. If, by stressing the legal practices that turn theory into reality, I can teach future lawyers and judges to prevent such injustices, then I have done my job."

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