Jerry Foxhoven
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Executive Director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Law, Litigation, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Clinical Education.


J.D. Drake University School of Law
B.S. Morningside College, summa cum laude


Drake Professor since 2006
Administrator, Iowa Child Advocacy Board, 2000-2006
Private Practice of Law for 23 years, specializing in litigation (criminal and civil – state and federal courts), juvenile law and appeals.

Selected Publications

"Federally Recognized Rights of LGBTQ Students to Form Gay-Straight Alliance Organizations (GSAs)," 2014 Cardoza Law Review De Novo 101 (2014).

"In Search of Federal Remedies for LGBTQ Students Who are Victims of Assault and Harassment in School,” XXI Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy 45 (2012-2013).

"Beyond Grading: Assessing Student Readiness to Practice Law," 16 Clinical Law Review 401 (2010).

"Effective Assistance of Counsel: Quality of Representation for Juveniles is Still Illusory," 9 Barry Law Review 99 (2007).

"The Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act: Clarification and Enhancement of the Federal Act," 54 Drake Law Review 101 (2005).

Significant Accomplishments

“Leland Forest Outstanding Professor Award”, 2012-1013 (co-recipient).

“Margaret Hess Leadership in Family Empowerment (LIFE) Award”, Youth and Shelter Services, Ames, Iowa, 2013.

“American Dreams Award”, Iowa Friends of Foster Children Foundation, 2008.

“Champion for Children” Award, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, 2007.

“Friend to Iowa’s Foster/Adopted Youth and Alumni” Award, Elevate to Inspire, Children & Families of Iowa, 2007.


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Passion AND Profession

"Pablo Picasso said: “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Success in the practice of law requires not only competence and professionalism, but also passion. Throughout my private practice, I tempered my profession (litigation) with my passion (child advocacy). I hope to inspire students to blend a passion for advocacy for the rights of vulnerable citizens into their professional activities. This touch of passion will add a dimension to their careers that will give them a sense of fulfillment in both their professional and personal lives."

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