Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseCorporate and Business Law, Securities Regulation, Nonprofit Organizations
EducationLL.B University of Virginia School of Law
Virginia Law Review
B.A. Yale University, cum laude
ExperienceDrake Professor since 1975
Dean, Drake Law School, 1987-1996; 2003-2008 Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Indianapolis
Assistant Professor University of Akron, School of Law
Selected Publications“Limited Liability Companies under the Revised Iowa Limited Liability Company Act,” 2010 Business Law Manual (3d ed. Iowa State Bar Association 2010).
“Teaching and Learning Professionalism in the First Year, with Some Thoughts on the Role of the Dean,” 40 U. Toledo L. Rev. 421 (2009).
“Professionalism and Procedure: Notes on an Empirical Study,” 39 Drake L. Rev. 759 (1989).
Significant AccomplishmentsNational Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC), 1992-present
Chair, ULC Drafting Committee to Revise Uniform Limited Liability Company Act
Member, ULC Drafting Committees for Uniform Limited Partnership, Protection of Charitable Assets, and Harmonization of Business Entity Acts and Model Entity Transaction Act
Chair, Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Section
Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Long Range Planning Implementation Committee (1996-97)
Iowa State Bar Association President’s Award (2004)
Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor Award – 1978, 1981, and 1986
Integrating Theory and Practice
"To teach and work with students, to help students to learn the law and how to practice it, is something I love doing. Among the great strengths of Drake Law School are its tradition of integrating the theory and practice of the law and its orientation toward the profession. That is the framework within which I teach, whether the context is one of business relations or civil litigation.