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2013

Drake Law a “Top 10 Best Value Private Law School”
Drake Law was chosen as a Top 10 Best Value Private Law School by preLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication. The magazine analyzes, “tuition, cost of living expenses, bar passage rates, debt accumulation and employment success."

Largest Challenge Often Largest Reward
Drake 3L Sasha Mayo spent her last summer of law school interning at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Her assignment was in the Domestic Violence Bureau working with the Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney and the Felony Assistant District Attorney.

The First of Many
“The Fifth Estate” opened in theaters Friday, Oct. 18 featuring one of this century’s most sensitive topics: WikiLeaks. For Drake Law alumnus Nawi Ukabiala, LW’11, the timing is perfect. An article he wrote at Drake on the same topic was recently published in the Federal Courts Law Review, Oct. 2013.

Drake 3L Experiences the Global Spectrum of the Law
Drake Law believes that practical experience is vital to the success of its students. Beatriz Mate-Kodjo, a Drake Law 3L, has taken advantage of numerous opportunities to gain practical experience both domestically and abroad while at Drake.

Drake Law 3L Assists with Brief for U.S. Supreme Court Arguments
To say that Ashley Sparks, a Drake Law 3L, has been busy this summer is an understatement. Sparks works for the Story County Attorney’s Office and in her spare time (her evenings and weekends) she is assisting criminal defense attorney, Angela Campbell, with her brief for upcoming United States Supreme Court arguments.

An Interview with Foreign Service Officer Ryan Hanlon, LW’12
Ryan Hanlon, a 2012 graduate of Drake Law School, is about to embark on another chapter in his life. As a newly commissioned Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, he is currently finishing his initial training at the Department of State and National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, VA.

Notable Drake alumni chosen for Lawyers of Color Hot List
Drake Law School graduates Charles Monterio, Jr., LW’04, and Shannon Redd, LW’10 have been named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List, a group of 100 exceptional early- to mid-career minority attorneys under 40 from the Mid-Atlantic Region who are excelling in the legal profession.

Employment Statistics Place Drake Among the Top Schools in the Nation
Drake Law School’s focus on experiential learning not only gives students the tools to practice law, it produces results.

Drake 3L Argues Two Cases Before the Iowa Supreme Court
For some students, their birthday week is a time to celebrate and their finals week is a time to really hit the books. For Samuel Berbano, a current 3L, these two occasions instead marked the two times where he was arguing cases before the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Iowa Advantage
Delta’s “Sky” magazine recently featured Iowa in their series highlighting great states and cities. The profile speaks about Iowa’s economic and cultural strengths billing Iowa as the “model for the new economy”.

ABA Client Counseling National Champions
Nathan J. Borland and Katheryn Pearson Thorson, both third year Drake Law Students, were named National Champions at the American Bar Association's National Client Counseling Competition Final Rounds at Baylor University Law School in March.

Pairing Passion with Profession: Sports Law
Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Dan Byers ventured to Drake University as an undergrad where he planned to play football.

Drake Law Student selected to JAG Corps
Each year the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps selects approximately 100 to 120 of the best-qualified candidates to become Air Force Judge Advocates through a variety of accession programs.

Balancing Law School and Family: Meet the Bullocks
Lori and Tom Bullock both had the goal of attending law school before they met at Iowa State University.

Internships Abound for Students in Drake Law’s Legislative Practice Center
Drake Law School’s Legislative Practice Center has placed 20 students in second year Legislation Internships for the spring semester. Internship placement is based on student preferences and may include criteria such as party affiliation, subject area of interest and preference for House or Senate. Every effort is made to place students in internships where they will be utilized to the fullest of their abilities, with most students being placed with a Chair, Vice-Chair or Ranking Member of a Committee of their choice.

Student Bar Association Sells Art to Fund Public Service Scholarships
Drake Law School’s Student Bar Association recently held their second annual Just Art! art auction to raise funds for Drake Law’s Public Service Endowment.

Law School Renovation Underway
Phase 1 construction has begun on the extensive renovation of Cartwright Hall, the Law School’s primary classroom, office, and student activity venue. Construction is scheduled to be finished in time for courses to start Fall 2013.

View the live webcam of the Opperman Hall Classroom renovation

Advocating for the Voting Rights of Americans Living and Working Abroad
In 2009, Stacey Van Zuiden, LW’12, left a career in Nebraska politics to go to law school with the hope of specializing in election law.  She chose Drake Law School because of Iowa’s unique electoral climate.

1L Hits the Ground Running during Intellectual Property Internship in K.C.
A summer day in Kansas City may mean taking in a Royal’s game, enjoying a plate of barbeque, or relaxing at the Plaza, but for current Drake Law student Kyle Mendenhall, his summer experience was much faster paced.

Des Moines for Young Professionals
Des Moines is an optimal choice for a new professional taking a stab at the real world. The National Association for Law Placement ranks Des Moines as a top 40 city in buying power for new lawyers. “The relative buying power of the dollar in any two cities is very important when comparing the nominal dollar amounts of the salaries in those two cities,” according to their website. Of cities in the Midwest, Des Moines ranks among the top ten.

"Public Service is Not a Spectator Sport"
Bryan Dearinger, a 2005 Drake Law alumnus and Public Service Scholar, recently spoke at Drake Law School in hopes to motivate current students to follow in his footsteps down a pathway of public service.