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2010

Drake Law graduates to serve as chief justice of Iowa Supreme Court, district judge
Mark Cady, who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University, recently was elected chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He will take office on Jan. 1, 2011.

Professor Bartrum discusses impact of judicial retention election
On Thursday, Dec. 2, Ian Bartrum, assistant professor of law at Drake University, participated in a panel discussion titled "The 2010 Judicial Retention Results: What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here?" The event was sponsored by the American Constitution Society Iowa Lawyer Chapter.

Professor Robert Rigg's scholarship cited in Iowa Supreme Court ruling
Professor Robert Rigg's scholarship cited in Iowa Supreme Court ruling in Simmons v. State Public Defender.

Drake Law School Teams Win Regional Moot Court and Arbitration Competitions
First-place moot court team members with final-round judges: Leslie Behuanek, former Justice Mark McCormick, Justice Mark Cady, Justice Michael Streit, Keith Duffy and Megan Scrivner.

Drake Law wins one of two national law school diversity programs
Drake University Law School is one of two U.S. law schools selected competitively to host a 2011 Summer Regional Institute for the Council on Legal Education Opportunities (CLEO).

Professor Yu to deliver opening keynote at media law conference in Australia
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University, will deliver the keynote opening address at the biennial conference of the Centre for Media and Communications Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.

Law school faculty share their expertise with news
Several Drake University Law School faculty members have recently shared their expertise on legal issues and current events with local and national media outlets.

Drake Law grad brings history to life, makes history herself
Romonda D. Belcher, a 1995 graduate of Drake Law School, made history in September, when she became Iowa's first black female judge.

Drake Law School to host seminar for women farmers, food-based entrepreneurs
A free seminar for women farmers and food-based entrepreneurs will be held at the Drake University Law School on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Law students make Halloween Hoops a success for nearly 300 children and parents
Drake's 17th annual Halloween Hoops celebration on Oct. 28 was a rousing success again this year.

Drake's experts on judicial selection field media calls, write opinion pieces
Drake's experts on judicial selection have shared information on the issue this fall through media interviews and opinion pieces.

Eighth Circuit holds arguments at Drake Thursday, Nov. 4
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit will hold oral arguments at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the courtroom of the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center.

Profile spotlights Jim Albert's efforts to stick up for underdogs
The Des Moines Register ran a lengthy feature story about Drake University Law School Professor Jim Albert on Sunday, highlighting Albert's many initiatives to help underprivileged people.

Longtime register of copyrights to give Drake lecture Oct. 25
Ralph Oman, former register of copyrights, will present the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center's Distinguished Lecture in Copyright Law on Monday, Oct. 25.

Drake law fraternity to hold annual Eat-A-Thon fundraiser
After four successful years of transforming chicken wing consumption into charitable fundraising, the Drake University Law School fraternity Delta Theta Phi will co-sponsor the fifth annual Eat-A-Thon. The event will benefit the Iowa-Central American Relief Effort (I-CARE) on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Princeton Review ratings reveal Drake law strengths
Princeton Review ratings reveal Drake law strengths Drake University Law School's experiential learning opportunities, faculty accessibility, hands-on approach to teaching legal theory and preparation for the job market drew praise from students surveyed for the Princeton Review's latest rankings of the nation's best law schools.

Law students offer legal advice for homeless veterans
Four Drake University law students offered legal assistance to more than 30 homeless veterans during the Veteran's Administration StandDown last month.

Recent law graduate places in writing competition
Michael Eganhouse, LW'10, won fourth place in the Mary Moers Weing Writing Competition.

Justice Alito offers an 'oral' history lesson and opines on televised hearings
Televising hearings would impact the nature of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and may require changes to the way the Court conducts business.

Drake to host bipartisan forum on politics, campaign money and Iowa courts
Republican and Democratic student groups at Drake Law School will band together with the bipartisan Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts on Tuesday, Oct. 5, for a community forum. The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on Iowa's court system and the influence of campaign money and politics in judicial retention elections.

Public Service Speakers Series continues with U.S. District Judge John Jarvey
Drake Law School's Public Service Speakers Series will continue with a free, public lecture by U.S. District Judge John Jarvey of the Southern District of Iowa on National Public Service Day -- Thursday, Oct. 7.

French professor to give guest lecture on legal status of Roma
Renaud Colson Renaud Colson, vice dean of international relations at the University of Nantes in France, will deliver a lecture at Drake Law School on "France and the Gypsies" on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Drake law dean, faculty speak up on judicial selection process
Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal and former Dean David Walker co-published an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on rejecting the efforts to change Iowa's judicial selection process.

Professor Honored for Community Service
This year's recipient of the community service award was David McCord, professor of law at Drake Law School. McCord is a founding organizer of the Meals from the Heartland program at Drake, which attracts nearly 4,000 volunteers per year to package more than 4 million meals in five days to deliver around the world.

Law School launches Public Service Speakers Series Sept. 29
Nick Drees, the federal public defender for both the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, will give the first address in the Drake Law School's Public Service Speakers Series, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Drake law professor to speak at major music industry conference
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University, will speak at a high-profile entertainment law conference in Nashville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Farmers, consumers celebrate growing season at Harvest Party
People who grow, sell and eat locally grown foods came together last Sunday to celebrate the 2010 growing season through preparing and consuming dishes with everything from grass-fed beef to wine and fresh produce.

Drake hosts harvest party featuring Buy Fresh Buy Local foods
Drake University will host a Harvest Party in celebration of the 2010 growing season on Sunday, Sept. 19, featuring small plates of local food that will bring the people together who grow, sell and eat locally grown foods.

Drake celebrates Constitution Day
Two Drake University law professors will speak as part of Drake Law School's Constitution Day celebration in a program on Friday, Sept. 17, titled, "The Constitution as a Conversation."

Drake Law School dean discusses Iowa's merit system of selecting judges
Drake Law School Dean Allan Vestal and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor were among four panelists who defended Iowa's merit system of selecting judges and warned against injecting politics into the court system during a discussion Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

U.S. State Department publishes Drake law professor's article on Internet freedom and intellectual property rights
A commissioned article by Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University, has been published and translated into multiple languages by the U.S. State Department.

Movie trailer features Drake courtroom
The Neal and Bea Smith Law Center at Drake University Law School can be seen several times during a trailer for the movie "Smitty."  

Drake law alumna selected as judge
Romonda Belcher Ford, a 1995 graduate of Drake University Law School, recently was selected as Iowa’s first female African-American judge.

Law professor quoted in national publication
Russ Lovell, professor of law, and Rachel Paine Caufield, associate professor of politics, were quoted in the National Law Journal on Monday, Aug. 23.

Legal Insurer ARAG announces scholarship program for Drake law students
Legal insurer ARAG® has announced the creation of the ARAG Chad Hensley Diversity Scholarship at Drake Law School in honor of Chad Hensley, a former company executive, ARAG board member and Drake Law School graduate.

Professor Yu Headlines Online Games, Virtual Policy Conference in Scotland
Peter K. Yu, director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will speak at the Digital Interactive Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland on Aug. 27.

Drake Prof Named President-Elect To National Legal Writing Organization
Melissa Heames Weresh, professor of law at Drake University, recently was elected president-elect for 2010-12 to the Legal Writing Institute, a national legal writing organization.

Prof. Begleiter's article featured on Top Ten download list in eJournal network
An article by Martin Begleiter, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt professor of law at Drake Law School, recently was listed on the Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) Top Ten download list for Wills, Trusts and Estates Law eJournal.

Drake law professor publishes third edition of textbook, receives attention for article on zoning
Drake University law professor Jerry L. Anderson and his writing partner Dennis D. Hirsch recently published the third edition of their textbook "Environmental Law Practice: Problems and Exercises for Skills Development."

Drake law professor contends banking bill protects consumers
Cathy Lesser Mansfield, professor of law at Drake Law School, foresaw the recent financial crisis coming back in 2000, when she testified before Congress about problems in the subprime mortgage lending industry.

Drake law students play key role in expanding children's rights in Iowa
Two bills expanding children's rights in Iowa take effect today, thanks largely to the efforts of Drake law students involved in the Law School's Legislative Practice Center and Middleton Center for Children's Rights.

Professor Kende blogs about Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing
Professor Mark Kende, the James Madison chair of constitutional law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University Law School, is writing a blog for the Des Moines Register about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing.

Professor Yu testifies before the U.S. International Trade Commission on intellectual property violations in China
Drake University Law Professor Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center, testified Tuesday before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to give Opperman Lecture
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. will deliver the 12th Dwight D. Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law at Drake University on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Alumnus selected to lead Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Johnny Taylor, GR'91, LW'92, recently was named CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

Iowa Heartland RC&D Joins Drake in Local Food Campaign
Drake University is partnering with Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development to expand the amount of healthy foods both grown on local farms and consumed in central Iowa.

Law graduate to pave the way for future Drake law scholars
While many law graduates nationwide may be looking to recoup what they've spent to earn their degree, one Drake law student is already creating an opportunity through which he can give back. As he graduates, Opperman Scholar Philip De Koster is working to endow a scholarship for third-year Drake law students who are actively involved in mentoring fellow students.

Law Professor Testifies before U.S. House Agriculture Committee
Drake University Law Professor Neil Hamilton, director of Drake Law School's Agricultural Law Center, testified today before the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

Zwagerman Chosen as a Visiting Scholar with Drake University Agricultural Law Center
Drake University and Faegre & Benson LLP are pleased to announce the firm is launching a Visiting Scholar Program in collaboration with Drake University's Agricultural Law Center. Faegre & Benson attorney Jennifer Williams Zwagerman, an alumna of Drake University Law School, has been chosen as the first visiting scholar.

Law symposium addresses 'Same-Sex Marriage Divide'
Some of the most prominent North American experts came together to debate both sides of the same-sex marriage issueat the Drake Law School Constitutional Law Center's annual symposium last month.

ISBA President to Give Law School Commencement Address
Drake University Law School will honor 141 graduates at its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Drake Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave.

Drake's Neil Hamilton to be featured on IPTV for food documentary discussion
Law professor Neil Hamilton, director of Drake University's Agricultural Law Center, will be featured Wednesday, April 21, as a guest on an episode of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Journal" exploring Iowans' perspectives on the film "Food Inc."

Drake Law School ranks among the nation's best in intellectual property, legal writing
Drake University Law School's programs in intellectual property and legal writing are ranked among the top programs in the nation in the 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," published by US News & World Report magazine.

Professor Yu speaks at public meeting at the Department of Commerce
On April 28, 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 speak at a public meeting at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Drake students denounce hate, advocate love and acceptance
More than 400 Drake University students and other supporters waved signs and chanted "No hate at Drake" over and over as they gathered in front of Old Main early Saturday morning to counter a protest by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Drake Law Professor Honored for Dedication to Service
Melissa Weresh, professor of law and director of legal writing at the Drake University Law School, recently received the 2010 University of Iowa Alumni Service Award at a ceremony held in Iowa City, Iowa.

Drake law students work pro bono for Hurricane Katrina survivors
A group of Drake University Law School students used spring break to take advantage of an invaluable opportunity to practice their skills for real clients with real need by providing free legal services to low-income clients in New Orleans.

Distinguished intellectual property law alums return to Drake
The Intellectual Property Law Center and the Intellectual Property Law Society at Drake University Law School are proud to welcome back to campus this April accomplished alumni working in the field of intellectual property law. These alumni will share with students their practice experience on the front lines while providing advice about choosing a career in the IP field.

Drake Grad Joins Law School Alumni, Harvest Initiative on Indian Reservation
Drake University graduate Jenny Schroeder followed her passion for Native American social issues right to the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Drake Law School emerges as nation's trailblazer to support next generation of farmers
More than 200 participants representing 40 states attended a national conversation on how to help create America's next generation of farmers at a two-day forum this month in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Drake University's Agricultural Law Center.

Susan Lerdal Remembered for her Dedication to Students, Faculty, Learning
Susan Kay Lerdal, noted for her dedication, assistance and enthusiasm as former associate professor of librarianship in the Drake University Law School Library, died Saturday in Des Moines from complications of leukemia.

Law School to Host Third Annual Roundtable for Intellectual Property Scholars
Intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world will gather at Drake Law School for the 2010 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable.

Drake to Host Screening, Discussion on Food Production Documentary
Filmmaker Curt Ellis of Brooklyn, N.Y., will present a screening of his new film, "Big River," at Drake University on Tuesday, March 23.

Client Counseling Teams find success at regional contest
Drake Law School's Client Counseling Teams took on seven other law school teams from four states at the American Bar Association's Regional Client Counseling Competition held at the University of Nebraska this past weekend. White-collar crime was the topic of the competition.

Drake's Beautiful Bulldog owner elected president of Student Bar Association
Kevin and Erin Bell love to talk about their dog, Porterhouse.

You can't blame them. Since being crowned the 2009 Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog, the burly but laidback charmer has become a hugely popular presence at athletic events. But, if Porterhouse could talk, you can bet he'd brag about Kevin and Erin as much as they do about him. View photos of Porterhouse in an online gallery.

Harvard Publishes Judge Bennett’s Article on Jury Selection Bias
The most recent issue of Harvard Law and Policy Review includes an article by Judge Mark Bennett entitled “Unraveling the Gordian Knot of Implicit Bias in Jury Selection: The Problems of Judge- Dominated Voir Dire, the Failed Promise of Batson, and Proposed Solutions.” Judge Bennett is a United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa in Sioux City and a 1975 graduate of Drake University Law School.

Law School plans 73rd Supreme Court Celebration
Drake Law School's 73rd annual Supreme Court Celebration will culminate with a banquet and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 6.

Drake convenes national discussion on America's new farmers
How to help create America's next generation of farmers is the topic of a two-day forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Drake University's Agricultural Law Center.

Iowa Supreme Court Holds Special Session at Drake Law School
Des Moines, February 22, 2010 —The Iowa Supreme Court will travel to the Drake University Law School for oral arguments Tuesday, March 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. Drake law students will have the opportunity to see how attorneys represent their clients before the court in the courtroom of Drake's Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Avenue.

Trial Practicum Features Vehicular Homicide Case
First-year students at Drake University Law School are observing the trial of Andrea LaForge, a Clive resident who faces several criminal charges in connection with a 2007 rollover crash in which one person was killed.

Drake Law alumni organize tax preparation services on reservation in nation's poorest county
Drake Law School graduates Jason Yates and Dustin Miller are offering free tax preparation and low-cost refund loans to residents of Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Reservation in Buffalo County, S.D.

Drake law student's band plays for U.S. troops in Middle East
Brandon Clark, a third-year Drake Law School student, recently spent three weeks traveling to Africa and the Middle East with his band, performing rock concerts for U.S. troops stationed overseas.

Law School Associate Dean to speak at African American Museum of Iowa
Russell Lovell, Drake University Law School associate dean and professor of law, will give a talk on Drake alumnus Charles P. Howard, a renowned civil rights attorney and co-founder of the National Bar Association, at the African American Museum of Iowa.

Law School to receive Community Betterment Grant
Drake Law Library will be receiving a Community Betterment Grant of $6,800 to further develop the law school archives.

Drake law professor appointed to Iowa Task Force for Civil Justice Reform
Luke Meier, assistant professor of law at Drake University, recently was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve on the state's Task Force for Civil Justice Reform.