Jack Ewing: From an Interest in Public Policy to the State Capitol
"Jack Ewing entered Drake Law School with an interest in public policy, but he was not sure if this area was the right direction for him. Drake’s Legislative Practice Center and location, just a few miles from the state capitol and the heart of state government, gave Ewing the opportunity to explore his interest and develop it into a passion and ultimately into a career.
Ewing is legal counsel for the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) where he drafts proposed legislation on a variety of topics for legislators and other government officials for consideration by the General Assembly. During the legislative session, Ewing will work with numerous pieces of legislation throughout the entire legislative process. This includes drafting bills, completing research, serving as a staffer on subcommittees and committees and drafting amendments to the bill as it is being debated on the floor. Outside of the legislative session, Ewing serves as a staffer for interim committees, reviews and reports on enacted legislation, prepares briefs, aids in the preparation of the Iowa Code, and completes early drafting for the upcoming year.
“My job is proving to be fulfilling and very fast paced,” said Ewing, who on any given day may move a dozen bills across his desk. “I enjoy getting to use my legal skills to be a part of the policymaking process and the collective effort to improve our state.”
Ewing credits Drake Law for helping him achieve his career goals. “During my time at Drake Law, I had the chance to work for the legislature, the executive branch, and several state agencies, gaining invaluable hands-on experience that I know helped me get my job. The Legislative Practice Program also offered practical classroom experience that prepared me for the work I do today. I was also exposed to a variety of influential people from all aspects of state government, both in the classroom and out, and developed relationships that I still have to this day.” Ewing graduated from Drake law in 2010.