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2011

Judge Offers Expertise at Drake Legal Clinic
Drake Law students now benefit from the mentorship of Senior Judge Joel Novak and his more than four decades of legal expertise.

Company Announces Graduate as New President
Drake Law School graduate W. Curtis Brighton is now the sixth president of Templeton Coal Company, Inc., a privately held, 91-year-old corporation in Terre Haute, Ind.

Governor Appoints Alum to Appellate Court
Drake Law School graduate Thomas Bower will join the Iowa Court of Appeals, leaving his postion as Chief Judge of the First Judicial Circuit.

New York Times Highlights Preservation Work Lead by Graduate
The New York Times, in an article entitled "Amid Historic Homes, New England Moves to Preserve a Modern Heritage," highlights the work of Drake Law graduate Jess Phelps to provide legal protection for these homes. 

Peter Yu Commissioned to Conduct Study for WIPO
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has commissioned Drake Law Professor Peter K. Yu to conduct a study on intellectual property training and educational programs.

Death Penalty Work Cited by The New York Times
Professor David McCord's report on the death penalty was cited by The New York Times.

Professor Analyzes Governmental Reform Proposals
Professor Mark Kende reviewed the proposals for government reform offered by Presidential Candidate Rick Perry.

Citizen-Soldier Profiled in Business Record
Drake Law graduate and Public Service Scholar Bill Kelly is profiled in the Business Record's story on citizen-soldiers.

Council Seat Secured by Drake Graduate
Nate Watson, class of 2004, was elected Tuesday to a seat on the Council Bluffs City Council.

Drake alums nominated for Court of Appeals
Drake alums Thomas Nelson Bower and Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt are nominees for the Iowa Court of Appeals. 

Professor Anderson discusses Political Economy and Animal Welfare


Drake Law School Grads' First Time Bar Passage Rate Announced
The Iowa Board of Law Examiners announced a 92 percent first time passage rate for Drake in the July 2011 Bar Examination.

Drake Agricultural Law Center is co-sponsoring the Agriculture for Life event
The Iowa Environmental Council and Drake Law Agricultural Law Center presents Agriculture for Life, our annual conference on November 3 in Drake University’s Olmsted Center, featuring Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet.

Constitutional Law Center hosts Professor Eric Posner
Drake Law School's Constitutional Law Center hosts Professor Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School,  for his lecture titled, “The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic”. The lecture is part of the Constitutional Law Center's Distinguished Lecture series and will be held Thursday, October 20th at 3 pm in Drake Law School  Cartwright Hall, Room 213.

Princeton Review ratings highlight 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.

Drake Hosts Buy Fresh Buy Local Harvest Party
Sunday, October 9
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Drake University , Olmstead Center
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311

Post-doctoral Researcher Professor Chen Gong lectures at Drake Law
Professor Chen Gong will present a lecture titled “Fast-Track/Trade Promotion Authority and U.S.-China Free Trade Agreement", Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm in Cartwright Hall Room 206.

I-CARE & Delta Theta Phi Announce the 6th Annual Eat-A-Thon
After five successful years of transforming chicken wing consumption into charitable fundraising, I-CARE and Delta Theta Phi, a fraternity of Drake University Law School students, announced today the sixth annual Eat-A-Thon will take place at 8 p.m. on October 20. This year, the event will be hosted by a new location, People’s Court, 216 Court Ave. third floor.

Drake All Law Reunion
You’re invited to the first ever Drake All Law Reunion.

This will be a time for all graduates to catch up with classmates and friends, and to become familiar with the law school of today.

RSVP online by Friday, September 23

Click here for a list of the weekends events.

Professor Mark Kende's article on health care reform featured in the Des Moines Register
Professor Mark Kende's article on health care reform featured in the Des Moines Register

Prospective Student Open House
Prospective Student Open House

E-Briefs for September 6-9
E-Briefs for September 6-9

CLEO program provides access to achievement
The Drake Law School and Des Moines legal community partnered this summer to promote diversified equal access to the law profession.

Drake Constitutional Law Center to host speaker David Cole on post-9/11 rights
The Drake University 2011 Constitution Day lecture will commemorate the tragic events of 9/11 with an address by David Cole, professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Cole’s speech is titled “Constitutional Rights Ten Years after 9/11: Has Everything Changed?

Drake Law to host free workshop on agricultural grant program
On Monday, July 18, the Drake Law School Agricultural Law Center will host a free workshop on the benefits of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer Grant program. Farmers and business owners -- as well as their professional affiliates -- are invited to attend.

Professor Matthew Doré earns accolades from Iowa State bar
Matthew Doré, the Richard M. and Anita Calkins distinguished professor of law at Drake University, recently received the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) Outstanding Section Chair Award.

Drake law professor to speak at American Bar Association's annual meeting
Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University Law School, will speak at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) in August.

Drake to Host Conference on Sustainable Land Ownership
Experts in land tenancy, ownership and conservation will present a land owner conference at Drake University on Thursday, July 28. Governor Terry Branstad will open the conference with an 8 a.m. address.

Drake Alum named interim judge for Illinois Supreme Court
Drake Alum named interim judge for Illinois Supreme Court
PJ Star

Agricultural Law Center studies conservation of family farms
Ames Tribune
6-25-11

Drake law students draft proposals for a greener Des Moines
The city of Des Moines has been going green -- constructing certified LEED buildings and implementing hundreds of green initiatives. As the municipality marches toward creating a more "Sustainable Green Community," it is getting some assistance from Drake University law students who are developing a blueprint for making municipal laws and ordinances more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable.

ARAG and Drake Law School announce winners of the inaugural Law Day contests
CNBC
06-02-2011

Students impress Law Day judges
Des Moines Register
06-02-2011

Graduate’s work named one of the best law review articles of the year
An article by Beth Dooley, LW'11, has been named as one of the best law review articles published within the last year.

Law Professor Neil Hamilton: Law reaffirms landowners' duty of soil stewardship
Des Moines Register
5-18-2011

Drake law professor quoted in story about social media making an impact on criminal proceedings
WHO Radio
5-19-11

Dean Allan Vestal Receives Burton Award for Legal Writing
Dean Allan Vestal recently won a prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing.

Drake Law Student provides legal assistance to rising musicians
Read the full story in the Des Moines Register.

Pioneering alumna to deliver Law School commencement address Friday
Polk County District Associate Judge Romonda D. Belcher, a 1995 Drake Law School graduate, will deliver the keynote address at the Drake University Law School Commencement Ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Drake Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave.

With aid from Drake Legal Clinic, Iowan adopted by her mom after 41 years
Visit the Des Moines Register to view the full article


Drake programs nationally recognized


Law professor to address the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
On Thursday, April 28, Ian Bartrum, assistant professor of law at Drake University Law School, will address "The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 4:30 p.m. in room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 27th Street and University Avenue.

Graduates' New Firm Off to Good Start
Christopher Kemp,Tyler Eason, Matthew Sease and Jonah Dyer report their fledgling firm is "doing better than any of us imagined."

Drake Law Professor Goes Green
Des Moines Register
4-14-2011

Annual Symposium “Debating the Living Constitution”
Since it’s ratification more than 220 years ago, the U.S. Constitution has been a subject of spirited debate among legal analysts. This debate continued as scholars from around the country gathered on April 2 for Drake Law School’s annual Constitutional Law Symposium.

Drake Law hosts Supreme Court Celebration
Drake Law School hosted the Iowa Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments in two cases as part of the Law School’s 74th Annual Supreme Court Celebration. The celebration is held annually to help law students become more familiar with appellate court procedure and arguments, and to honor the Iowa Supreme Court for its commitment to justice and legal education. View a photo gallery of the 2011 Supreme Court Celebration.

Law professor Peter Yu to deliver keynote address at Confucius Institute Symposium
Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University Law School, will deliver a keynote opening address at the annual international law symposium at the University of Oregon School of Law on April 8.

Drake Law Advances to NAAC Moot Court Nationals
Six Drake University Law students recently competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). This year, 207 teams competed at six regional tournaments for one of the 24 invitations to the national finals held at the ABA Headquarters April 6-8 in Chicago.

Professor Bartrum discusses constitutional nature of health care reform
Written by Professor Bartrum
Featured in the Des Moines Register

2011 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable
The Drake Intellectual Property Law Center is proud to present the 2011 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable which will be held April 1-2 from 9am to 6p.m. at the Drake Legal Clinic. This roundtable brings together intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world to present their works-in-progress. This interdisciplinary roundtable provides academics with a forum for sharing their latest research and an opportunity for peer networking.

For more information and a list of speakers click here.

Drake Constitutional Law Center sponsors symposium, lecture
The Constitutional Law Center at Drake University Law School will hold a symposium on the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and a public lecture on individual rights.

Drake University Law School hosts visiting professor Liao Zhigang
Drake University Law School is hosting visiting professor Liao Zhigang who will be delivering a lecture on "New Developments in Intellectual Property Law in China", April, 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Cartwright Hall Room 203. The lecture will give an overview of the Patent Law, Copyright Law and Trademark Law in the People’s Republic of China, and examine amendments to these laws and other regulations.

Drake Legal Clinic Hosts New Justices for Oral Arguments
March 24, 2011
Des Moines Register

Iowa Supreme Court holds special session at Drake Law School
The Iowa Supreme Court will travel to the Drake University Law School for oral arguments Thursday, March 24, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Drake Environmental Moot Court Team reaches quarterfinals in national competition
A team of three Drake University law students recently advanced to the quarterfinal round of the National Environmental Moot Court Tournament, which drew 72 teams from law schools across the country to Pace University Law School in White Plains, N.Y.

Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Project creates new resources for Iowa farmland owners
A two-year study of sustainable agriculture and land tenure in Iowa has analyzed legal questions relating to Iowa farmland ownership and the transfer of land to a new generation of owners, many of whom will rent or lease farmland to others.

Professor Ian Bartrum Quoted in Huffington Post
The Huffington Post
02/24/2011


Drake law professor to teach diplomats at the United Nations
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University Law School, will return to the United Nations to teach diplomats and U.N. personnel about the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. His presentation will focus on the basic principles of copyright.

Drake Law Teams Place Second and Third in Client Counseling Competition
Two Drake University Law School teams finished second and third in the Regional American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition held at the University of South Dakota Law School last weekend.

Need moral, legal, scientific perspectives on stem cell research
Featured in the Des Moines Register
By Jennifer Bard, visiting professor of law

The current debate in Iowa and many other states over whether embryonic stem cell research should be made illegal is not only appropriate but important. But it needs to take place within the context of facts.

Law Professor Jerry Anderson's argument for animal welfare reform

Ten years ago, Drake University law professor Jerry Anderson traveled to northwest Iowa to meet with a farmer who was concerned about an animal confinement being built across the road from his house.

Professor Kende Highlights Constitutional Issues in Proposed Amendment
1-25-2011
Des Moines Register

Five of nine Iowa Supreme Court finalists have Drake Law ties
1-28-2011 : The Des Moines Register

Drake Law Adjunct Professor Edward Mansfield, Adjunct Professor Judge Robert Blink, and three Drake Law alumni are among the nine finalists to be sent to Gov. Terry Branstad for consideration on the Iowa Supreme Court.

Drake teams up with Georgia Law to examine key international intellectual property law treaty
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School will co-host a conference on the first 15 years of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, known commonly as the TRIPS Agreement.

Drake faculty interview for Iowa Supreme Court Openings
Iowa Supreme Court candidate interviews began this week. Among the candidates are multiple Drake Law full time and adjunct faculty members. All candidate resumes and interviews are available to the public. Students can follow live video interviews starting at 9 a.m. daily.

Law Student wins Iowa Senate seat
1/19/2011 Des Moines Register

Republican Jack Whitver of Ankeny has earned a seat in the Iowa Senate after being chosen by District 35 voters during Tuesday's special election.

Revolution was in part about protecting judges
Republican legislators are currently considering whether to impeach the remaining justices of the Iowa Supreme Court because they disagree with its Varnum v. Brien decision to legalize same-sex civil marriage. This is an appallingly bad idea regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with that decision. When politicians can change the rules of the democratic game by simply changing the judges, everyone's rights and liberties are at risk.

Visit by leader of China is a significant one
This week, Chinese President Hu Jintao is in the United States for a state visit, meeting President Obama and key White House officials. The visit is important to both countries. For the United States, the visit marks a major international event since the Democrats lost the House majority. It provides a well-timed opportunity for President Obama to showcase his statesmanship and regain popular support.

President Maxwell honored for leadership in higher education
For 11 years, Drake University President David Maxwell has been committed to the vision that Drake should be considered and recognized as one of the very best institutions of higher learning in the United States. An outstanding institution demands outstanding leadership, and those who know Maxwell know that he fits the bill -- the Drake community got additional reassurance today when a regional higher education association recognized Maxwell as one of the top leaders in American higher education.

“We don’t succeed until we all succeed.” How Mentorship Makes Law School Manageable
Last year, Drake University law student Hope Wood learned many lessons about balancing parenting responsibilities with the rigor of earning a law degree.

Iowa's Stephen Rapp, U.S. war crimes envoy, continues international crusade
1-3-2011 Des Moines Register

Stephen Rapp will return to The Hague next month to witness closing arguments in the historic war crimes trial against Charles Taylor. But these days, helping to bring the notorious warlord and former Liberian president to justice is just one critical goal among many.

A Drake alumnus works to make the world of higher education an accessible, better place.
A Drake alumnus works to make the world of higher education an accessible, better place. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., GR’91, LW’92, is the father of a newborn daughter, but he’s already responsible for helping nearly 250,000 students pay for their college education.