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2013

Foxhoven honored by Youth and Shelter Services
Professor Jerry Foxhoven, director of the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic at Drake Law School, will be honored by Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. (YSS) during their annual holiday recognition luncheon on Dec. 12.

Drake Law professor and students submit position paper to Hong Kong government
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake Law School, submitted a position paper to the Hong Kong government in November. The paper was developed with the assistance of three Drake Law students: Timothy Alberts, La’Cee Groetken, and Kyle Mendenhall.

Drake Law develops innovative partnerships to reduce student debt
New partnerships between Drake Law, ISU and Simpson enable students earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years rather than seven.

Success continues for Drake Law moot court teams
Two teams from Drake Law School recently competed in the regional rounds of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition.  The team of Mara Jones, Kyle Mendenhall and Louis Sloven won the regional and advance to the National Finals in New York City in February.

Drake Law and Iowa State University join in an innovative partnership to reduce student debt
Students at Iowa State University will be able to earn their undergraduate and law degrees in six, rather than seven, years under an innovative new partnership between Iowa State and the Drake Law School.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa and Drake Agricultural Law Center to host conference
The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa will host its first annual conference December 14, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Easter Seals Iowa, 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines. The conference features expert agriculture attorneys, accountants, agribusiness professionals, educators, USDA personnel, and other veteran service providers as well as a keynote address from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The Drake Agricultural Law Center is partnering with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to help organize the event and provide educational material to the veterans on a number of legal issues faced by beginning farmers.

Professor Shontavia Johnson recognized for 40 Under 40
Assistant Professor of Law Shontavia Johnson was recognized as a “2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically.

Professor Mark Kende interviewed for his work on South African constitutional law
Professor Mark Kende, James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law and Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, was recently interviewed regarding his work on South African constitutional law for I-CONnect's interview series. 

Drake to host 20th annual Halloween Hoops
On Monday, Oct. 28, Drake University will host its 20th annual Halloween Hoops Party for Des Moines area children ages 3–11. The event will be held in the Bell Center on the Drake University campus at 1421 27th Street from 6–8 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture Series Hosts Expert on Latinos in the US
UCLA Vice-Dean Laura Gómez speaks on Latinos in the U.S. on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Opperman Hall at Drake University Law School.

Wrongful Convictions Expert to Speak at Drake Law School
Prof. Jon Gould, professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University, will give a talk entitled, “Predicting Wrongful Convictions” at the Drake University Law School on Friday, Oct. 11.

Drake Law students play integral part in annual Stand Down event
Drake Law School students participated in the local Stand Down event held annually for homeless or near-homeless veterans.

Mark Kende and Jerry Foxhoven participate in Constitution Day activities 
Professors Mark Kende and Jerry Foxhoven each served as a panelist for Constitution Day activities.  Kende participated at Iowa State as a panelist for "Genes, Race, Free Speech, Same-Sex Marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court."  Foxhoven was a panelist for a webinar sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) and the Iowa Department of Education.  The webinar was titled, "The Constitution – The Words We Live By."

Professor Pattison and Lori Bullock (3L) present at National Association of Counsel for Children Annual Conference
Drake Law School and the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights continue to participate in national discussions about the importance of quality advocacy for children in child welfare proceedings.

Richard H. Pildes to give 2013 Constitution Day Lecture
On September 16, Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, will deliver a lecture on “The Fundamental Transformation in the Law and Practice of Modern Warfare” at 3 p.m. in the Sussman Theater of the Olmsted Center at Drake University. This event is free and open to the public.

Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame honorees include Drake Law alumnae
Many of this year’s honorees into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame hold a tie with either Drake University/Drake Law School. Three of the four women inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame today are graduates of Drake University, including two Drake Law School graduates.

Judge Pratt to visit for Public Service Law Day
United States District Judge Robert Pratt, Southern District of Iowa, will be the speaker for the Law School’s Public Service Law Day on Tuesday, Sept. 24. A public lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Professor Jerry Foxhoven to chair Governor’s task force
Professor Jerry Foxhoven, executive director of the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic and professor of law at Drake Law School, has been appointed chair of a task force overseeing recommendations regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home.

Des Moines "Best City for Business and Careers" by Forbes
Des Moines, Iowa tops our list this year. It is the only place that ranks among the top quartile in at least nine of the 12 metrics we graded the cities on. Highlights for the Des Moines metro include business costs that are 17% below the national average and an educated workforce where 36% of the population has a college degree and 92% possess a high school diploma.

Cartwright Renovation Update - August 2013
Construction is coming to a close on the extensive renovation of Cartwright Hall, the Law School’s primary classroom, office, and student activity venue.

Transactional and Nonprofits Clinic at Drake Law open fall 2013
Des Moines attorney Chip Lowe has recently been hired to lead a Transactional and Nonprofits Clinic for Drake Law School. Students enrolled in this clinic will provide comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs intending to start or already operating a for-profit or non-profit organization.

Former Iowa chief justice named head of public policy institute at Drake University
Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court and 1977 graduate of Drake Law School, has accepted an appointment as director of the Tom Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University.

Drake Law professor testifies at Iowa Supreme Court
Brent Pattison, Director of the Middleton Children’s Rights Center, testified in support of a proposed Juvenile Court Rule at a public hearing in front of the Iowa Supreme Court on July 9th.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Drake University Announce Partnership to Enhance Access to Governor Ray's Papers
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Drake University today announced a new partnership that will provide enhanced access to former Governor Robert D. Ray’s papers.

Drake Law alumnus Guy Cook takes on new role as president of Iowa State Bar Association
Guy Cook, LW’82, took the reigns as president of the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) in June 2013.

Peter Yu on Iowa's role in U.S.-China policy in the Des Moines Register
Professor Peter Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake, was featured in yesterday's Des Moines Register.

Law professor and third-year student participate in children’s rights symposium
Professor Brent Pattison, director of the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, and Lori Bullock, third-year law student at Drake, recently participated in an invitation-only symposium in Seattle on the right to counsel for children in abuse and neglect proceedings.

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.

Drake Law School benefactor Dwight Opperman dies at 89
Dwight Opperman, LW’51, the single largest benefactor in Drake University’s history, died on Thursday, June 13 after battling liver cancer for five months. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 22 at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif.


Drake Intellectual Property Law Center hosts joint conference with Oxford University
On June 14-15, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake Law School hosted the 11th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.

Forbes names Des Moines 'Best City for Jobs This Summer'
Forbes
6/11/2013
"The metropolitan area with the most optimistic forcast of all for hiring this summer is the Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa area."

Plant a Mile fundraising dinner scheduled for June 16
Join Drake University for a night of great food and camaraderie at a fundraiser for the Plant a Mile project. These efforts help the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network provide Central Iowa families access to fresh, locally grown produce.

Law professor honored as Citizen of the Year
Russ Lovell, professor of law at Drake University Law School, has been chosen as Iowa Juneteenth Observance’s Citizen of the Year.

Drake Law student influential in passing legislation
When Sydney Kronkow, a third-year law student from Byron, Ill., started her legislative internship at the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) in May of 2012, she had no idea she would have the opportunity to see Governor Branstad sign her bill into law.

Therapy dogs combat stress at Drake Law
In an effort to help students and faculty combat the stress of finals, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted therapy dogs.  The Des Moines Register featured the event.

Drake Law professor publishes book on HIV/AIDS governance
Peter K. Yu, professor of law and Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake Law School, recently published The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines, with Edward Elgar Publishing. The book brought together leading scholars from multiple disciplines, including intellectual property, human rights, public health, and development studies.

Mansfield's "The Sparks Fly Upward," performed at MIT
After a popular debut in Des Moines in 2008, a piece from the opera “The Sparks Fly Upward,” written by Cathy Lesser Mansfield, a professor of law at Drake University Law School, was performed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Holocaust Commemoration on April 8.

Using the city as a classroom
Students in Professor Jonathan Rosenbloom’s ‘Sustainability and the Law’ class at Drake University Law School are continuing a successful tradition of coordinating with Des Moines area organizations to enhance sustainability in the community. The course is a unique experience in which the students “represent” a real client, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and address real and pressing challenges facing the region. After researching and reviewing the existing conditions, students identified key areas of concern and drafted changes to city code in an effort to address those concerns. Proposals are then presented to the Partnership and to the Des Moines City Council.

Foxhoven recognized for commitment to Iowa families
Jerry Foxhoven, executive director of the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic and professor of law at Drake University Law School, has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Margaret Hess Leadership In Family Empowerment (LIFE) Award given by Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

National Championship for Client Counseling team
Nathan J. Borland and Katheryn Pearson Thorson, both third year Drake Law School students, were named national champions at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Client Counseling Competition at Baylor University Law School in March.

Children's Rights Clinic and School of Education to host panel on school deliquency
Keeping schools safe, while not relying heavily on juvenile courts to address problem behavior at school, has become a prominent issue generating national debate. We want to help our young people and ensure their successful futures, but when does misbehavior at school cross the line and become a police matter? Please join us for an important multi-disciplinary panel discussion on this topic at Drake University.

Drake's Agricultural Law Center is first to host Cuban law professor
Drake University Law School welcomes Professor Maritza McCormack from the University of Havana Law School to campus this week.

The official write-up can be found in Drake News.

Consumer finance panel to feature Drake Law professor
On Thursday, March 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will convene a public field hearing in Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss the agency’s Consumer Complaint Database. The field event will feature remarks by CFPB Director Richard Cordray, followed by a panel discussion with consumer groups, industry stakeholders, and education and financial experts.

Jane Lorentzen, LW'91, named 2013 Drake Law Alumna of the Year
Each year, in conjunction with the annual Supreme Court Banquet, Drake Law honors one of its own. This year’s winner of the Drake Law Alumna of the Year award is Jane Lorentzen, LW’91.

Second delegation of Drake Law students immersed in Cuban agriculture
Drake Law students made a second trip to Cuba this January to study agricultural law reforms. Professor Neil Hamilton, director of Drake’s Agricultural Law Center, led the group along with Emiliano Lerda, LW’10, consultant to the Center on Latin American agricultural law, and Matt Russell, food policy coordinator in the Center.

A Client Counseling win for Drake Law
One of Drake Law's two ABA Client Counseling teams, comprised of Nate Borland and Katheryn Pearson Thorson, won the Regional rounds of the Client Counseling Competition this weekend in Saint Paul, Minn. Drake's other team of Maggie White and Ben Neitzel also performed well. All of these students are in their final year of law school.

Drake Law featured on both KCCI and WHO TV
Two local television stations recently featured students gaining valuable practice experience at Drake Law.

Political Dysfunction this year's topic for Drake’s Constitutional Law Symposium
The Drake University Constitutional Law Center will again host the Constitutional Law Symposium, with the support of Belin McCormick Law Firm, P.C. This year’s symposium features some of the political world’s most prominent authors and speakers. The topic, “The U.S. Constitution and Political Dysfunction: Is There a Connection?” could not come at a better time.

"Juvenile Records Sealing Day" at Drake Law
Drake Law's Middleton Center for Children's Rights and the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic will host a "Juvenile Records Sealing Day," Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave.

76th Annual Supreme Court Celebration held at Drake University Law School
A 76-year tradition continued this past weekend as Drake Law hosted another successful Supreme Court Celebration. The Supreme Court Celebration is held annually to honor the Iowa Supreme Court for its commitment to justice and legal education and to recognize achievements by students, faculty, alumni and friends.

Des Moines Register's YP Spotlight: A 'calling' leads to Iowa Legal Aid for Justin Gross (LW'08)
A feature on Drake Law alumnus Justin Gross ('08) and his work as a staff attorney for Iowa Legal Aid.

Drake Law unveils student portfolios
At Drake University Law School, teaching students how to practice law has always been our focus, long before it became trendy. Drake is stepping it up a notch by adding aportfolio component to the curriculum.

Des Moines great option for young professionals
With accolades like Forbes #4 “Best Places for Business and Careers” (June, 2012) and #1 “Best City for Young Professionals” (July, 2011), who wouldn’t choose Des Moines for law school?

Renowned professor to discuss Egyptian politics and constitutionalism
Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University, will be speaking at Drake Law School on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.

2013 First Year Trial Practicum Addresses Wrongful Death
The First Year Trial Practicum (FYTP) case this year is a wrongful death case.