Drake Law Student Recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates
Third-year Drake Law student, Peter Blink, was recently recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates for outstanding trial advocacy. The ABOTA based their decision on trial advocacy, mock trial success, and actual courtroom performance.
Blink interned for the Polk County Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor for two semesters. During his tenure, Blink tried a five count class C felony case with fellow classmate and Student Bar Association President, Kevin Bell. Under the supervision of an assistant county attorney, Blink and Bell were responsible for all aspects of the case. After spending months examining boxes of computer equipment and papers to find necessary information to develop the case, the trial concluded with Blink and Bell getting a conviction on all five counts.
In addition, Blink and Bell also tried two felony jury trials. The first trial resulted in the defendant being convicted of assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor and a felony. Their most recent trial resulted in the defendant being convicted of Burglary in the Third Degree for breaking and entering, a class “D” felony.
Blink stated, “The opportunities for real-world legal experience that Drake Law has given me, have been invaluable. They have provided me with the confidence, skills, and practical experience to graduate from law school with the ability to hit the ground running on day one of my legal career.”