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2009

Two Drake law professors share observations on climate change talks in Copenhagen
Drake law professors Peter K. Yu and Neil Hamilton are sharing commentary through Des Moines Register opinion columns on topics addressed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Weresh strives to help law students develop professionalism
Drake Law School Professor Melissa Heames Weresh is on a mission to help law students and young lawyers behave professionally and with the degree of formality expected in law practice.

Professor Neil Hamilton and students participate in international forum
Drake Law Professor Neil Hamilton is blogging during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, about topics such as the link between climate change and food security.

December 2009 Graduates Reception hosted by Dean Vestal
December Graduates reception hosted by Dean Vestal will be held on Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 PM on the 2nd floor of Cartwright Hall.

Drake law student elected to Des Moines City Council
Halley Griess, a third-year law student at Drake University, was elected to the Des Moines City Council during Tuesday's Ward 1 run-off.

Law School administrator appointed to Farm Services Agency Committee under Obama
Matt Russell, state food policy project coordinator at Drake University Law School, recently was appointed to the Iowa Farm Services Agency (FSA) Committee under the Obama administration.

Professor Neil Hamilton, students to participate in international forum
Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the Agricultural Law Center, and two Drake law students will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference from Dec. 12-19 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tom Berg and Nan Hunter Debate
Tom Berg and Nan Hunter Debate "Religious Liberty Exemptions and Iowa's Same-Sex Marriage Decision" 3pm in Cartwright 213 Click here for more details  

Drake law professor to give lecture at the University of Iowa
Drake University Law School professor Cathy Lesser Mansfield, who composed and produced an opera about the Holocaust, will give the Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz Lecture at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Drake law professor reflects on the Berlin Wall
As Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall today, Drake University law professor Jerry L. Anderson reflects on his 1978 visit to one of the most visible symbols of the Cold War.

Professor Clark featured in Fall 2009 PreLaw
Hunter Clark, professor of law at Drake University, was recently featured in a special section on human rights law in the fall 2009 issue of preLaw magazine.

Drake hosts 250 children for Halloween Hoops party
Nearly 250 children ages 3-12 came out for basketball and Beggar's Night at the 16th annual Drake University Community Halloween Hoops Shoot Out on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Drake Law Professor Accepts National Prize at U.S. Supreme Court
Melissa Heames Weresh, professor of law at Drake University, recently accepted the 2009 Warren E. Burger Writing Competition Prize at an awards ceremony in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Law scholar sheds light on Thurgood Marshall's views on race, gender
Taunya Lovell Banks of the University of Maryland School of Law recently spoke about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to a packed crowd at Drake University Law School.

Drake Law School Brings Chinese Intellectual Property Scholars to Campus
The Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University will hold a conference on Oct. 16-17 on "Intellectual Property Developments in China: Global Challenge, Local Voices."

Outstanding Drake Law School Graduate to be Honored by Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Wesleyan University will honor Drake Law School graduate Arman Dabiri

Drake Law Professor Joins Faculty Nationwide in Backing the Consumer Financial Protection Act
Drake University Professor of Law Cathy Lesser Mansfield has joined more than 70 law scholars in signing a Statement of Support...

Drake Law Students Participate in American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting
Last weekend, 16 Drake University law students traveled to Williamsburg, Va., to attend the American Agricultural Law Association's annual meeting.

Law Students Offer Legal Help For Veterans
Eleven Drake law students recently participated in the Veteran's Administration Stand Down, offering legal advice and assistance to homeless veterans.

Farmers, Food Producers Flock to Drake Workshop on USDA Food Producer Grants
More than 60 Iowa farmers and food producers from 30 communities attended a recent workshop sponsored by Drake Law School's Agricultural Law Center on Value Added Producer Grants.

The Sept. 17 workshop at Drake's Neal and Bea Smith Law Center featured two speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office, including a recent Drake Law School graduate.

Drake Law Student Publishes Children's Book
On top of an already busy schedule, Drake University Law School student Sh’Myria “Shi” Moore has achieved success in creative writing as the newly published author of a children's book.

Drake Law School Increases Bar Passage Rate to 96 Percent
Drake Law School improved its Iowa bar exam passage rate to 96 percent from 90 percent a year ago for first time examinees.

Drake University Law School Named A 'Best Value Law School' By National Jurist
Drake University Law School ranks as one of the top private schools nationwide in The National Jurist magazine's "Best Value Law Schools" ranking in its September 2009 issue.

Drake Law Professor to Accept National Prize at U.S. Supreme Court
Melissa Heames Weresh, professor of law at Drake University, has been awarded the 2009 Warren E. Burger Writing Competition Prize for her essay that examines the professional identity of novice lawyers.

Professor Yu Named General Editor of World Intellectual Property Organization Journal
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and founding director of the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, has been named the general editor of The WIPO Journal: Analysis and Debate of Intellectual Property Issues.

Drake Law Professor Honored for Refugee Work
David McCord, a Drake University professor of law, received the 2009 Governor's Volunteer Award for his work with refugees.

The Dorés Collaborate on Research in Europe
Drake law professors Matt and Laurie Doré recently returned from a three-week research trip to the European Union to work on a project that combines their areas of expertise -- corporate law and choice of law.

Drake Professor’s Study Looks At Impact Of ‘Unrepresentative’ Zoning Boards
White-collar professionals are making the majority of the planning and zoning decisions across the country.

Drake to Host New York Times' U.S. Supreme Court Journalist
Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times, will lead Drake University’s Constitution Day celebration Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a lecture on "The Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporter's Reflections."

Obama Nominates Distinguished Drake Alum for State Department Post
Stephen Rapp, a Drake University Law School graduate and prosecutor of the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone, has been nominated for a key U.S. State Department post by President Barack Obama.

Law School Staffer Helps Coach Young Team to Softball's Big Show
Liz Tigges expected her daughter Leah's 8-and-under softball to be good this summer.  But Tigges, nor her husband and fellow assistant coach Ron Tigges, nor head coaches Tony and Jen LePera Johnson had an inkling that the team clad in pink and black would be ranked No. 1 in the nation for its class.

Drake Sponsors Farmers' Market Event to Benefit Food Bank
Drake University's Buy Fresh Buy Local will co-sponsor a lunch in the midst of the local food network it aims to support at the Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 11.

Drake, Leopold Center Launch Land Tenure Project
Sustainable agriculture and land tenure are the focus of a new research and outreach collaboration between Drake University and Iowa State University.

New Faculty Member To Present Paper At National Convention
Ian Bartrum, Drake Law School’s newest faculty member, has been selected to present the Association of American Law Schools Steven Gey Paper in Constitutional Law at the association’s 2010 annual convention.

Local Food and Wine Event to Benefit Buy Fresh Buy Local
On Thursday, June 25, Drake University will co-sponsor an evening showcasing wines and foods from Iowa vintners and farms to support the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign and its network.

Dean Lovell's China Visit Reported in Chongqing Jiaotong and SWUPL News
Associate Dean Russell Lovell's visit to three Chinese Universities is being covered in Chinese news reports.

Drake Law Students Celebrate Bill Signing
A revamped version of a bill allowing minors to petition for emancipation -- drafted last year by five Drake University law students -- was one of nine bills signed into law Tuesday by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver.

Drake Law School to Host Second Biotech Summer Institute
The Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University will again draw industry leaders, attorneys, academics and scientists to its second Summer Institute in Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences on June 1-2.

Prof. Clark Accepts Award on Behalf of Justice Thurgood Marshall's Family
Drake University law professor Hunter R. Clark traveled to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., on May 17 to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public education.

Drake Honors Prof Laurie Doré As Levitt Teacher Of The Year
Laurie Kratky Doré, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of law, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year Award.

Drake Law School Celebrates 2009 Graduates
Drake Law School recently honored 143 law graduates with their commencement rites of passage at Drake's 128th Drake Law School Commencement last Friday.

Judge Mark Bennett To Give Law School Commencement Address
Drake University Law School will honor 143 graduates at its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Drake Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave.

Drake Law School Ranks Among the Nation's Best in Legal Writing, Intellectual Property
Drake University Law School's programs in legal writing and intellectual property are ranked among the top programs in the nation in the 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," published by US News & World Report magazine.

Drake Law School To Offer New Master Programs In Law
Drake University Law School recently established three Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) programs in Intellectual Property Law, Health Law and Individualized Studies.

Drake University Names Allan Vestal Dean Of Law School
Allan W. Vestal, professor of law and former dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been named dean of Drake University Law School. Vestal, a native of Iowa City, Iowa, will begin his new position on June 1.

Drake's Middleton Center Receives Advocate Award from United Way
The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights at Drake Law School received the Advocate Award for organizations with fewer than 100 employees at the 2009 Live United Recognition Event Tuesday.

Drake Law Professor Discusses International Issues At Yale And Cambridge Symposia
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and founding director of Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, is participating in an online symposium organized by the Yale International Law Journal and Opinio Juris, an international law blog.

Drake Law Profs Gain National Attention as Experts on Marriage Equality Case
After the Iowa Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage and released its decision on Friday, April 3, Drake professors Mark Kende and Maura Strassberg were sought out by national media to comment about the decision. Read more about the case online.

Drake Law School Celebrates Success And Its Ties To Law Community
Drake Law School students, faculty, staff and alumni recently gathered with law professionals, friends of the University and seven Supreme Court justices to celebrate Drake's accomplishments.

Drake Law School Hosts 'Presidents Helping Children' Exhibit
Drake University Law School opened the "Presidents Helping Children" exhibit Wednesday at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Ave.

Davis Brown Law Firm Recognizes Supreme Court Day Finalists
The Davis Brown Law Firm recognized Erin Grundy, Meggan Guns, Kevin Teets, and Miriam Van Heukelem at a lunch reception on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Drake Law Writing Competition Finalists Recognized
Five law students were selected as finalists in the annual Drake University Law School Writing Competition. This year’s competition problem involved the government’s actions in connection with raids on the meat processing plants in Postville, Iowa.

Professor Yu Keynotes Anniversary Conference of Asian American Law Professors
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will serve as a keynote speaker at this year's Conference of the Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF).

Drake Food Campaign Aims to Help Iowans in Tough Economic Times
With the recession in mind, Drake University is again promoting a food campaign that will help Iowans keep more money in their pockets by buying local food while supporting local farmers and businesses.

Drake Symposium to Explore Global Perspectives on Religion and The State
Scholars will share their global expertise on the constitutional relationships between various religions and governments during the annual Constitutional Law Symposium on Saturday, April 4, at Drake University Law School.

Drake Law Student Argues Case Before Iowa Supreme Court
Just three days after winning the award for best oralist in the annual Iowa Supreme Court Competition on Saturday, Drake University law student Erin Grundy again found herself standing before the seven justices of the state's highest court.

Drake Law School, Des Moines University Partner To Promote Health Law Careers
Health care and legal issues are becoming more intertwined. In recognition of that, two respected universities have partnered to offer a joint program track to prepare graduate students for careers in health law.

Drake Welcomes World Intellectual Property Organization
On Thursday March 12, representatives of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, will visit Drake University Law School to introduce their organization.

Iowa Supreme Court Holds Special Session at Drake Law School
The first cases heard by the Iowa Supreme Court next week may attract a larger audience than usual. Students at Drake University Law School will have the opportunity to see how attorneys represent their clients before the court during oral arguments starting at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the courtroom of Drake's Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Ave.

Temple Law School Professor Delivers Inspirational Lecture on Racial Equality
Professor Phoebe Haddon of Temple Law School, one of the nation's leaders on promoting diversity in higher education, gave a presentation on racial bias to an overflow crowd at Drake Law School on Feb. 19.

Drake Law Professor Shares His Expertise On China
Professor Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, wrote an opinion piece for The Des Moines Register on potential changes in U.S.-China policy.

Drake Law Students Win National Writing Awards
Two third-year Drake University Law School students Ashley Dose and Lauren Yates recently received honors in national health law writing competitions for their seminar papers.

Drake to Host Second Annual Roundtable for Intellectual Property Scholars
Intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world will gather at Drake Law School this month for the 2009 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable.

Drake Law Professor To Analyze WTO Decision In Geneva
Professor Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will provide an analysis of the recent WTO panel decision in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Feb. 23.

Drake Law School Awarded Grant From Prairie Meadows
Drake University Law School has been awarded a $12,500 grant to help update the computer and audiovisual equipment in the Legal Clinic courtroom from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino through its Community Betterment Grant Program.

Drake Law School Moot Court Team Ranks in Top Eight in National Competition
The Drake University Law School National Moot Court team recently finished in the top eight out of 28 teams that competed in the national finals of the 59th Annual National Moot Court Competition. The team's brief was judged as Third Best Brief in the national finals.

Professor Provides Insight for Iowa Attorneys
Melissa Weresh, professor of law and director of legal writing at Drake University Law School, is now a regular contributor to The Iowa Lawyer.

Balancing Roles of Lawyer, Soldier, and New Mom
Jill Finken's successful efforts to balance the demands in her life were highlighted in the January issue of The Iowa Lawyer.

Drake Law Alumnus Bob Holliday Honored With Double D Award
Former Drake football player and Law School graduate Bob Holliday recently received the Drake Double D Award during halftime of last Saturday's men's basketball game vs. Northern Iowa at the Drake Knapp Center.

Des Moines' Famous 'Obama Cookie' Has Ties to Drake
Since the Iowa caucuses last January, the chocolate chunk cookie from Baby Boomers Café in Des Moines has become a nationwide sensation -- even being referred to as the "Obama cookie."

Drake Plans 72nd Supreme Court Celebration
Drake Law School's 72nd annual Supreme Court Celebration will culminate with the Supreme Court Banquet on Saturday, March 7.

Temple University Prof To Discuss Racial and Gender Bias in the 21st Century
Phoebe Haddon, an expert on racial and gender bias, will deliver Drake University Law School's Constitutional Law Distinguished Lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in room 213 of Cartwright Hall.

Drake Law Review Again Ranks Among Top 30 Nationwide
For the fourth consecutive year, the Drake Law Review ranks among the top 30 law reviews nationally for the number of times courts have cited its articles.

Mansfield Appointed to Court of Appeals
Governor Chet Culver has selected Edward Mansfield to serve on the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Drake again ranks at the top in IP and Advocacy
Drake again reached the top rankings in Intellectual Property and Advocacy & Dispute Resolution according to preLaw magazine.

Drake Law Grad Returns to Give Special Lecture
Stephen Rapp, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa and a 1974 Drake Law School graduate, is returning to Drake Law School to give a special lecture.