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Drake Legal Clinic provides gifts and Bieber for the holidays
The faculty, staff and students at The Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic are no strangers to adopting a family for the holidays. But this year has been extra special.

The Hon. Ruth Klotz, LW'55, retirement in USA Today and The Des Moines Register
Ninety-year-old Klotz, Iowa's oldest judge, retired Jan. 31, triggering a seismic shift in the way Polk County's courthouse handles wills, estates and legal guardianships for troubled children and the feeble elderly.

Drake Law School to host joint conference with Peking University
On December 15, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake Law School will host a joint conference in Hong Kong with the Institute of Internet Law at Peking University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong.

The Pro Bono Project honors Drake as Law School of 2012 at annual banquet
The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans, La. chose to honor Drake as the Law School of 2012.

Prof. Yu to Headline Annual Intellectual Property Seminar in Israel
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake Law School, will be featured at the annual Intellectual Property Strategy and Commercialization Seminar in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Monday, Nov. 19.

Drake Law to host Legal Writing Institute workshop “Preparing Practice-Ready Students”
Drake Law School will be hosting one of many Legal Writing Institutes across the country on Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. Drake’s workshop is entitled, “Preparing Practice-Ready Students.”

First-year Drake students offering "Cuba, Coffee and Conversation"
Drake students in Matt Russell’s first-year seminar course, “Cuba in Transition” are extending an invitation for anyone interested in discussing Cuba with other community members.

Drake Law fares well at national moot court competition
This year is no exception for the storied career of the Drake Law moot court teams. Matthew Jarvey (3L from Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Katelyn Bries (3L from Dubuque, Iowa) and Kyle Mendenhall (2L from Lawrence, Kansas) won first place in Region 14 by defeating a team from the University of Minnesota College of Law. The competition featured teams from University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Minnesota, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, and William Mitchell College of Law.

Faculty Papers Rank in Top 10 on SSRN
Professors Miguel Schor, Shontavia Johnson, David Walker, and Mark Kende make the top ten on SSRN.

Prof. Peter Yu, "How can we maintain global competitive edge?" in The Des Moines Register
PETER K. YU is professor of intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at the Drake University Law School.

Agricultural Law Center receives two grants
Two Drake University faculty members received grants for the Agricultural Law Center totaling more than $100,000. The United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency awarded a $91,000 grant to Neil Hamilton, Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and director of the Agricultural Law Center; and Edward Cox, Agricultural Law Center fellow, for an online legal marketing guide. The guide will support legal, marketing, and risk management information for eight test audiences. Hamilton and Cox’s project will provide farmers and ranchers with information to understand the appropriate uses and contingencies associated with existing and emerging risk management tools. The project will also educate farmers and ranchers on how to navigate risk management decisions.

The Big 3-0
The Drake Law Agriculture Law Center celebrates 30 years.

Professor Mark Kende and 3L Matthew Shimanovsky have a work selected for inclusion in JOTWELL
Professor Mark Kende, professor of law, James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law, and Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, is a contributing editor for JOTWELL. Read his most current piece here.

Two New Faces Join the Drake University Law School Staff
Sarah Johnson and Ann Van Hemert are three months into their new positions at Drake University Law School. They join an already stellar staff and faculty who are not only experts in their fields but also committed to growing the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Drake professors and students participated in Iowa's annual intellectual property law meeting
Professors and students of Drake Law School participated in the 2012 annual meeting of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) in the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf on Oct. 5-6.

Bullying Panel Featured in The Des Moines Register
The Des Moines Register featured an article about Drake's recent panel on bullying. Brent Pattison, director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights and assistant clinical professor of law, was on the pane. 

Drake to host 19th Annual Halloween Hoops Party Wednesday, Oct. 31
Join hosts Russ Lovell, professor of law, and Dolph Pulliam, director of community outreach and development and former Drake basketball standout, for the 19th Annual Halloween Hoops Party co-sponsored by the Drake University Law School Student Bar Association and the Des Moines branch of the NAACP.

I-CARE and Drake Law's Delta Theta Phi  Encourage Eat-A-Thon Oct. 10
After six 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 seventh annual Eat-A-Thon will take place on Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. The event will be hosted at People’s On Court.

Bryan Dearinger, LW'05, To Speak at Drake Law
Distinguished alumnus Bryan Dearinger will be visiting campus today, Oct. 8. His visit is supported by the Drake Association for Child Advocacy, the American Constitution Society, and the Student Bar Assocation. The Public Service Scholars are also among his hosts. Mr. Dearinger will be visiting with a variety of law students and delivering the Public Service Law Day lecture as well as the New Scholars Constitutional Law Talk.

Drake Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society to host Ian Bartrum
Ian Bartrum, associate professor of law at William S. Boyd School of Law, will be speaking on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. in Cartwright Hall, room 213.  Bartrum's talk is titled, "A Critique of Modern Originalist Ideology".

Drake Law professor debates with top U.S. negotiators
Peter Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake Law School, spoke on a panel with two key U.S. treaty negotiators on the international intellectual property lawmaking process. The panel was held during The New Battleground in International Intellectual Property Protection: SOPA, ACTA, TPP, and Beyond symposium at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on Sept. 21.

Drake Law School’s Neil Hamilton Plays Key Role in Honoring Senator Tom Harkin
Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake Law School Agricultural Law Center, was in Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the official unveiling ceremony for the portrait of Senator Tom Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Drake Law’s Director of Center for Children’s Rights to Serve on Panel
Drake Law School’s Brent Pattison, assistant clinical professor of law and director of The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights, will serve on a panel titled, “Bullying: Educators’ Legal Responsibilities” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m, Cowles Library.

Drake Law School’s Agricultural Law Center to hold forum on dealing with the drought
Drake Law School’s Agricultural Law Center will host a forum titled, “Dealing with the Drought: Legal Issues Facing Iowa Agriculture” on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Drake Constitutional Law Center to host speaker Mike Seidman on “Constitutional Disobedience”
The event, sponsored by Drake University and the Drake Constitutional Law Center, will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 2621 Carpenter Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Drake Law School to host free workshop on agricultural grant program
Drake Law School Agricultural Law Center will host a free workshop on the benefits of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Value Added Producer Grant program (VAPG). The event will be held on Thurs., Sept. 6, 2012.

Prospective Student Open House and an Evening with Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter
Join Drake Law School for our Prospective Student Open House and an Evening with Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter- September 13, 2012.  For more information click here.

Drake Law student explains how Iowa gave him hope
Drake Law student explains how Iowa gave him hope

Drake alumna fights for the innocent
Erica Nichols Cook, LW’09, applied to law school to have more independence in her career. The move untethered her from a dead-end job and led to her passion—helping to grant freedom to others.

Drake Law Review launches new online journal
The Drake Law Review has launched its new online publication, Drake Law Review Discourse.

Professor Yu to deliver keynote speeches on China’s technological rise in Australia
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake Law School, will deliver keynote addresses on China’s rise as an innovative power at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Melbourne in Australia on July 19 and 20.

"Forty under 40"; honors Drake University Law School
Drake Law alumni command “Forty under 40” honors Drake University Law School students are a diverse group with a multitude of interests, many of which are discovered during their years as a Bulldog. Those interests grow and evolve into passions even after graduation; recently, five Drake Law School alumni were recognized for turning those passions into action.

Professor prepares to export Iowa's perks home to China
Professor prepares to export Iowa's perks home to China
Visitng Scholar Gong Chen advocates for a free trade policy between the countries
Des Moines Register
May 5, 2012

Agricultural Law Center receives $50,000 grant
Drake’s Agricultural Law Center and Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the center, received a $50,000 grant from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust.

Drake Business Law Society teaches young artists about the law
Drake Business Law Society teaches young artists about the law
Des Moines Register
May 2, 2012

Drake Law students rally together to remember Trayvon Martin
Six Drake Law students banded together to organize a rally and vigil to remember the life of teenager Trayvon Martin, and educate attendees about Iowa House File 2215, which introduced ‘stand your ground’ legislation, similar to that in Florida.

The Constitution and the "99 percent"
One of the nation’s most hotly debated issues — income inequality — was the topic of this year’s Drake University Law School Constitutional Symposium. Drake hosted some of the country’s leading legal experts and activists to discuss this relevant topic during the April 14 conference, “Constitutionalism and the Poor."

Drake Law students collaborate with Des Moines organizations to enhance sustainability
Drake University students are taking an active role in creating a more sustainable future for Greater Des Moines. Working closely with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the City of Des Moines, members of the Drake Law School class Sustainability and the Law have drafted changes to the Des Moines City code to ensure environmental friendliness and social responsibility, while promoting economic vitality. The students will present their proposals to the Greater Des Moines Partnership on Thursday, April 19 from 12:30–3:30 p.m., and to the Des Moines City Council on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m.

Drake professors receive grant to build on sustainable agriculture research
Neil Hamilton, director of Drake University’s Agricultural Law Center, and Ed Cox, a fellow at center, recently received a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University. The grant — totaling more than $41,000 — will go toward their project, Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (SALT) Initiative II. The project builds on the initial SALT Initiative led by Hamilton and Cox from 2009-2011.

Senator Jack Whitver explains life as a legislator and Drake law student
Many law students have the goal of becoming a legislator, but few realize this goal while still in law school. Senator Jack Whitver, a Drake Law 3L, has done just that.

Drake Law Alumni in Afghanistan
Bill Kelly, LW’99, and Maj. Mike Wunn, JO’91, GR’01, LW’01, Drake graduates who were deployed to Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard, spoke at Drake University on March 13 as part of The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship’s spring lecture series.

Supreme Court to Hear High-profile Case at Drake
Drake’s 75th Supreme Court Celebration will start with a prominent case that has garnered national attention. On March 29, Drake University Law School will host the Iowa Supreme Court’s oral arguments in an appeal of Mark Becker’s murder conviction involving the insanity defense.

Iowa View: Congress should rethink online piracy bill
Written by Professor Peter K. Yu
Published in the Des Moines Register

In January, Wikipedia, Reddit and other internet companies launched a service blackout to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This legislation — along with its Senate counterpart — seeks to target websites that facilitate online piracy and counterfeiting.

Professors Russell Lovell and David Walker lead committee seeking systemic reforms of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Professors Russell Lovell and David Walker lead committee seeking systemic reforms of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice to deliver Iowa Constitution Lecture Series' inaugural lecture
In response to a call by the Iowa Supreme Court’s Chief Justice and others for a greater focus on studying the Iowa Constitution, the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University Law School is pleased to announce a new program called the "Iowa Constitution Lecture Series." The school will host lectures annually by prominent experts about the Iowa Constitution.

Drake Alumn, Barry Boline, Swearing-In Ceremony scheduled for Friday
The Ozaukee County Circuit Court has announced that Attorney Barry J. Boline, the newly appointed Court Commissioner for Ozaukee County, will be sworn in on February 24, 2012 by The Honorable Tom R. Wolfgram.

Professor Hamilton leads delegation of agricultural law students to Cuba
Professor Neil Hamilton, director of Drake University’s Agricultural Law Center, accompanied 18 Drake law students on a trip to Cuba this January to study agricultural law reforms. The delegation was the first legal group from the United States to visit Cuba to study agricultural law.

2012 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center is proud to present the 2012 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable. This annual interdisciplinary event brings together intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world to present their works-in-progress. It provides academics with a forum for sharing their latest research and an opportunity for peer networking.

Drake Law School to host the 2012 Constitutional Law Center Symposium
The Drake Law School Constitutional Law Center Symposium titled, "Constitutionalism and the Poor" will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Drake Law School from 8:30 am - 12:30 p.m. in Cartwright Hall, Room 213.

Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit to speak at Intellectual Property Law Center’s 5th anniversary
On Monday, Feb. 20, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University will celebrate its 5th anniversary. This event brings to campus judges, academics, practitioners and alumni in the intellectual property law field.

Law Professor Jerry Anderson argues 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.

Constitutional Law Center hosts Professor Pamela Karlan
Drake Law School's Constitutional Law Center hosts Professor Pamela Karlan for the Distinguished Lecture Series

Visiting Professor Gong Chen lectures at Drake Law School
Post-doctoral Researcher Professor Gong Chen will present a lecture titled, “U.S. and China Trade Issues”, Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm in Cartwright Hall Room

Professor Lovell discusses Iowa Supreme Court's role in civil right's history
Russell Lovell, professor of law at Drake Law School, will talk about the Iowa Supreme Court’s profound role in civil rights history.  

Drake Agricultural Law Center co-sponsors Agriculture for Life event
The Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) held its annual conference focused on sustainable food on the Drake campus in conjunction with the Agricultural Law Center at Drake Law School.

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 Law School graduates in the July 2011 Bar Examination.

Panel Examines Appropriation Art and Copyright Challenges
The Anderson Gallery at Drake University’s upcoming exhibition, “Ape-Rope-Pray-8!” explores the wide range of appropriation and sampling found in contemporary art, music and design. The exhibition will also focus on the legal, ethical and moral repercussions connected with the practice of “the copy” and with cultural appropriations.

Trial Practicum: law through the lens of the courtroom
Drake is the only American law school where all first-year classes shift to a campus courtroom for a week, enabling students to view an actual state or federal trial as if in an educational laboratory.

Graduate Becomes Judge
Drake Law graduate James Ellefson of Marshalltown was named as a district court judge by Governor Terry Branstad.

Professor Lovell Spends Semester at Chinese University
Drake University Law School Professor and former Associate Dean Russell Lovell recently returned from a two-month trip to China’s Southwest University of Political Science & Law (SWUPL), where he delivered a series of lectures on a wide range of legal topics.