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Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology

Director, Law Library

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Computers and the Law, Legal Research and Writing


J.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
M.A.L.S. University of Missouri-Columbia School of Library and Informational Science
B.A. Southeast Missouri State University


Drake Professor since 1984
Acting Director, U. of Oklahoma Law Library
Program Director for Legal Research & Librarian, U. of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Des Moines Area Community College, Instructor
University of Oklahoma School of Law, Legal Research & Writing Instructor
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Legal Research & Writing Director
Columbia College, Legal Instructor

Selected Publications

Iowa Legal Research, Carolina Academic Press, 2011

Iowa Legal Research Guide, William S. Hein & Co.

Emerging Solutions in Reference Services: Implications for Libraries in the New Millennium, Haworth Press

"Planning and Constructing Law School Building: Ten Basic Guidelines," 90 Law Library Journal 423 (article was highlighted in the ABA Syllabus, vol. 29, no. 4, p. 49)

"Teaching Legal Research: Evaluating Options" in Expert Views on Improving the Quality of Legal Research Education in the United States, West

Significant Accomplishments

Mid-America Law Library Consortium (MALLCO), President

Clive City Council since 1995, Mayor Pro Tem 1998-2005, 2009-11, 2013-

Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees, Chair

Gold Medal Winner and Team Captain, West's Law Library Decathlon

Trial and Error

"To be successful, students early on must learn the skills of legal analysis, research and writing that will be used throughout their careers. One of the most effective ways to learn is by doing; Drake students develop these skills from weekly assignments and small group meetings. Law students improve their skills each week. And not surprisingly, some students are unaccustomed to the benefits frequent feedback provides. However, the rewards come later when the value of their work is realized. Students return for the second year of law school with great confidence in their legal abilities after putting their research and writing skills to use in their summer positions. They find that their skills are far superior to those of students in less intensive programs and that they are able to impress their employers with those skills."

Last Modified: 5/5/2015 2:00:00 PM by David Hanson