Drake Law Graduate’s Career is Like an Extended Honeymoon

Kirk and Carrie Schuler carve pumpkins underwater
Kirk Schuler, a 2006 Drake Law graduate, and his wife Carrie, a 2004 Drake University graduate, were married in August of 2008. Just three weeks after their wedding, they moved to Saipan where Kirk accepted the position of criminal Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

“It’s been like an extended honeymoon of sorts, living and working on a tropical island,” said Schuler of his past two years in Saipan. “It’s been exactly what we were looking for--a great personal and professional adventure!”

As a criminal AUSA, Schuler prosecutes federal crimes on behalf of the United States of America. The Saipan office has only four attorneys, providing Schuler the freedom to prosecute a broad range of crimes. During Schuler’s tenure he has prosecuted Endangered Species Act cases for the unlawful taking of green sea turtles and fruit bats, wire fraud and money laundering cases for an administrator’s theft of an estate, drug and gun prosecutions, and identity theft crimes involving unlawfully issued driver’s licenses and social security cards. Schuler’s most common cases involve immigration related offenses including smuggling, human trafficking, and immigration document frauds.

“I could not have been prepared for my job as an AUSA just two years out of law school without the practical, hands on, academic experience at Drake Law, and the subsequent real-world experience clerking for two outstanding Drake Law alums, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett and Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady.”
Date Posted: 7/5/2012
Last Modified: 7/5/2012 7:48:00 AM by Andrew English