Danielle Shelton Prof ile
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Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Law, Commercial and Employment Litigation


J.D. Harvard Law School, magna cum laude
B.A. Augustana College, summa cum laude


Drake 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


"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 Accomplishments

Temporary Examiner, Iowa Bar Examination

Pro bono work for AIDS Project and Legal Aid of Iowa

Speaking at seminars regarding employment law and commercial litigation


Click 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.

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