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2014 Constitutional Law Symposium to examine "Obamacare" and LBJ's Great Society
The Drake University Constitutional Law Center will again host the Constitutional Law Symposium with the support of Nate McCay and the law firm of Belin McCormick, P.C. on Saturday, April 12. This year’s symposium will bring together acclaimed historians, authors, and political experts to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s Great Society.

Professor Peter Yu's proposal discussed in Hong Kong legislature
On March 17, the Panel on Commerce and Industry of the Hong Kong Legislative Council held a meeting to address the government's discussion paper on upcoming digital copyright reform. Several lawmakers questioned the government's position, relying on the proposal and publications of Peter K. Yu, professor of law and Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School. His analysis of the government's paper was also introduced into the meeting record.

Justice Brent Appel speaker for Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series
On Thursday, March 27, Drake University will welcome Justice Brent R. Appel of the Iowa Supreme Court for the third annual James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture to discuss some of the significant cases in the Iowa Supreme Court’s history and offer insight on current and future issues that may arise.

Two trials for 2014 First Year Trial Practicum
This year’s first-year law students have the great fortune of observing two trials during the First Year Trial Practicum; one regarding assault causing injury and the other possession of a firearm by a felon.

Professors Yee and Johnson honored
While Drake Law School is celebrating Diversity Week with, “One Drake, Many Voices”, two professors have been recognized for their impact on legal education.

Middleton Center for Children’s Rights Supports Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children
The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Right suppors the amicus brief filed by Baker and McKenzie on behalf of several children's rights centers across the country.

Professor Cathy Mansfield follows passion in Washington, D.C.
Professor Cathy Mansfield shares her experiences serving as a policy analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C

Experts speak on Mandela's influence
The Drake University Legal Clinic hosted an event in collaboration with the Des Moines chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to recognize the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela in celebration of Black History Month.

Drake Law places third at National Moot Court Competition
Drake University Law School’s National Moot Court team of Mara Jones, Kyle Mendenhall, and Louis Sloven competed last week in the national finals of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition.  

Drake Law students named “Best Team Oralists”
Drake Law intellectual property (IP) students were recently named “Best Team Oralists” during the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in Dallas, Texas. Team members from Drake included Tim Alberts, Kelsey Knight, Kyle Mendenhall and Madelyn Smith.

Professor Yu to discuss Obama's trade policy at Yale Law School

Drake Law to host Prospective Student Open House
Prospective students are invited to come to campus Friday, Jan. 31, for an open house.  The visit will give students the opportunity to observe a law school class, take a tour of Drake, get questions answered regarding admission and financial aid, as well as talk to current Drake Law students.

Ten honorees have Drake ties in Business Record’s “Forty under 40” list
Nine Drake alumni and one current graduate student landed spots on the Des Moines Business Record “Forty under 40” list. The group is made up of 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.

Drake's promotion of rural jobs highlighted in National Jurist Magazine
The rising need for rural lawyers is making headlines. The National Jurist, the magazine for law students, recently featured an article emphasizing that need titled, “Wanted: Rural Lawyers”. Drake Law School Dean Allan Vestal was quoted regarding what Drake is doing to encourage the pursuit of practice in rural areas of Iowa.

Professor Peter Yu publishes piece on parodies in Hong Kong’s copyright law
Professor Peter Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School, recently wrote an article for the South China Morning Post titled, “Many routes to allowing parodies within Hong Kong’s copyright law.”

Drake Law graduates featured in “14 to watch in 2014”
The Des Moines Register began the year by featuring 14 people in Central Iowa to watch in 2014. Among them, two Drake Law graduates: Larry James, LW’01, and Romonda Belcher, LW’95.