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Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Contracts, Ethics, Sexuality Law, Sales


J.D. Columbia University
  Publishable Notes Editor, Columbia Law Review
M.A. Philosophy, Boston University
B.A. Swarthmore College high honors, Phi Beta Kappa


Drake Professor since 1991
Fordham & Starrett, Boston, MA
Charnetski, Olsen, Lacina & Pendleton, Grinnell, IA
Clerk, Honorable Hugh H. Bownes, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Selected Publications

An Ethical Rabbit Hole: Model Rule 4.4, Intentional Interference with Former Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements and the Threat of Disqualification, Part I & Part II,” forthcoming in 89 & 90 Nebraska Law Review (Spring & Fall 2011)

"Foreword to Same-Sex Marriage Symposium," 58 Drake Law Review 101 (2010)

"Privilege Can Be Abused: Exploring the Ethical Obligation to Avoid Frivolous Claims of Attorney-Client Privilege," 37 Seton Hall L. Rev. 413 (2007)

"The Crime of Polygamy," 12 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 353 (2003)

"The Challenge at Post-Modern Polygamy: Considering Polyamory," 31 Capital Law Review 439 (2003)

"Distinctions of Form or Substance: Monogamy, Polygamy, and Same-sex Marriage," 75 North Carolina Law Review 1501 (1997)

"Taking Ethics Seriously: Beyond Positivist Jurisprudence in Legal Ethics," 80 Iowa Law Review 901 (1995)

Significant Accomplishments

"Why the US Should Not Decriminalize Polygamy, But Should Not Criminalize Polyamory," Hadassah Brandeis Institute, 2010 Conference On Polygamy, Polygyny, and Polyamory

“Feminist and Hegelian Perspectives on the Legal Status of Polygamy, Polyamory and Same-Sex Marriage,” Drake Humanities Center (2010)

Same-Sex Marriage, Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Bar Association (2009)

"Strange Bedfellows Indeed: Same-sex Marriage, Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy, and the Oneida Community," 2008 Law, Culture and Humanities Conference

Visiting Professor, Nanjing University, China

Board Member: Iowa Pride Network and the Galaxy Youth Center

Philosophy Made Real

"Law is philosophy made real. Our philosophical commitments are revealed by existing law and challenged by the question of what the law should be. Law school is an opportunity to penetrate the surface of the law and think deeply about the shape it has and will take. I teach not only because I take great pleasure in thinking about the presuppositions of legal positions, but because it is important to do so. A lawyer who understands all that is at stake in our profession will be both more effective and more responsible.

I also take great pleasure in helping students discover for themselves the power of rigorous and searching analysis. Drake is small enough that I can do this not only in class, but also by sitting down and individually talking with students.

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