Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseLegal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Law, Commercial and Employment Litigation
EducationJ.D. Harvard Law School, magna cum laude
B.A. Augustana College, summa cum laude
ExperienceDrake Professor since 2003
Clerk, Honorable Edward Carnes, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Partner & Of Counsel, Belin McCormick, P.C., Des Moines, IA
Of Counsel, Weinhardt & Logan, P.C., Des Moines, IA
Publications"When Private Goes Public: Legal Protection for Women Who Breastfeed in Public and at Work," 14 Law & Inequality Journal 179
"Rewriting Rule 68: Realizing the Benefits of the Federal Settlement Rule by Injecting Certainty Into Offers of Judgment," 91 Minnesota Law Review 865
Significant AccomplishmentsTemporary Examiner, Iowa Bar Examination
Pro bono work for AIDS Project and Legal Aid of Iowa
Speaking at seminars regarding employment law and commercial litigation
ResumeClick here to download/view Professor Shelton's curriculum vitae.
Effective Lawyering Through Good Legal Writing
Writing is a big part of lawyering. A lawyer's writing often is the first impression judges and adversaries, and even clients, have of her. Good legal writing inspires confidence and gives credibility. Poor legal writing, of course, has the opposite effect. In my class, students learn to apply the cornerstones of all good writing--knowing your audience and your purpose--to legal problems. At the same time, students develop skills unique to legal writing, including legal analysis and legal advocacy.