DRAKE UNIVERSITYLAW SCHOOL
DES MOINES, IOWA 50311
Telephone: (515) 271-2824
Fax: (515) 271-4118
ABA Approved Since 1923
Drake University Law School, one of the twenty‑five oldest law schools in
the nation, traces its history to 1865. It is a Charter Member of the
Association of American Law Schools, has been accredited by the American Bar
Association since 1923, and is one of only eighty‑five ABA approved law schools to have a Chapter of
Order of the Coif. Admission is selective, and the student body is diverse. For
2007‑08 the Law School included students from 131 undergraduate
institutions, 33 states, Puerto Rico and two
foreign countries. Women comprised 46 percent and persons of color 12 percent
of the overall student body of approximately 425 full‑time students.
The size of the Law School
facilitates the offering of a modern education of high quality in a
personalized setting. Twenty‑nine full‑time faculty have extensive
experience in private practice and government service, outstanding academic
credentials, and a commitment to excellence in the classroom. They produce
research and scholarly publications reflecting practical and theoretical
orientations and have designed a curriculum that is diverse and national in
scope. All students observe and discuss a real trial in the unique First Year
Trial Practicum experience. A solid 1L curriculum is enhanced by advanced
courses and instruction in an array of subjects, including constitutional,
agricultural, corporate, taxation, children's rights, litigation, legislative,
intellectual property, family and environmental law. Drake's commitment to
ethics and professional development in particular was recognized with the
American Bar Association's Gambrell Professionalism Award in 2008. Technology
is readily accessible and the Law School
has been recognized as one of the top 16 law schools on National Jurist Magazine's
Technology Honor Roll. The curriculum is planned to include not only basic and
advanced substantive courses but also to emphasize preparation for practice and
professional skills development through simulation courses, extensive internships,
and nationally recognized clinical opportunities. Drake's Intellectual Property LawCenter
is directed by the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, a nationally‑known
scholar. The Center offers students not only a foundation in IP law but
provides opportunities to engage in matters of national and international significance,
A widely varied curriculum on constitutional law
enables students to earn a certificate in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights.
Drake is home to the Constitutional LawResource Center,
which sponsors a lecture series and an annual symposium that attract nationally
recognized constitutional scholars. A distinguished lectureship, the Dwight D.
Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law, has been delivered by ten United States
Supreme Court justices.
Drake has one of the few programs in the nation
addressing important issues in national and international agricultural law and
policy, with curricular offerings that enable students to receive a Certificate
in Food and Agricultural Law. The Agricultural LawCenter
offers students the opportunity to conduct research, publish the Drake
Journal of Agricultural Law, and write articles and monographs on a wide
range of subjects. Further, capitalizing on its location near Iowa's state capitol, the LawSchool
has developed a Legislative Practice Certificate Program, which combines a
substantive course curriculum with hands‑on internship experiences.
Cartwright Hall, Opperman Hall, and the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center
constitute the Law School's
physical facilities. Built in 1976, Cartwright is the main law school classroom
facility, and each of its six classrooms is equipped with computer and other
technology to enhance teaching and learning. The Dwight D. Opperman Hall and
Law Library, dedicated in April 1993, houses the Law Library, a computer
classroom and other seminar rooms, more than 200 study carrels, 19 small study
rooms and specialized centers devoted to Constitutional Law and Agricultural
Law. All buildings have wireless network access.
Extensive clinical opportunities, including client
representation, a prosecutor internship, and judicial internship programs,
enable students to gain practical experience, develop good lawyering skills and
render public service as a part of their legal education. As part of the
clinical program, students serve clients in all phases of client representation,
ranging from client interviewing to negotiations with opposing counsel to trial
itself. Clients include children, low income persons, senior citizens, victims
of domestic violence and defendants accused of serious misdemeanors. These
programs are housed in the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center,
a fully computerized law office and educational facility built in 1987. Drake's
clinical programs are supported by federal endowment appropriations totaling
$4.5 million. Drake was one of two law schools in the country to receive such
awards. In 1994 a $1.8 million addition to the Center was completed and
dedicated. It includes a spacious courtroom, five classrooms accommodating
classes of 18‑20 students, the Center for Public Service Attorneys, and
the Joan and Lyle MiddletonCenter
for Children's Rights.
Students engage in a wide range of co‑curricular
and extra‑curricular activities. These include the Drake Law Review,
which is published four times a year and ranks in the top 30 out of more than
1400 legal periodicals in the frequency with which U.S.
courts cited it in opinions they published in the previous seven years.
Inclusion of Drake's Constitutional Law Symposium contributes to that top
ranking. Drake students also edit and publish the Journal of Agricultural
Law three times a year. Drake's nationally‑recognized moot court
program offers students extensive opportunities to sharpen their skills in
critical thinking, legal research, mock trials, negotiations, client
counseling, brief writing, and oral advocacy through simulated litigation
competitions. Students participate in nine national and three intramural advocacy
competitions. In 15 of the last 18 years a Drake National Moot Court Team has
advanced to the National Tournament. In 2001 a Drake team won the National
Championship, and in three of the past five years a Drake team placed in the
"Final Four" out of nearly 190 teams representing 140 law schools. In
2004 a Drake Mock Trial team advanced to the National Championship and placed
2nd in the Nation in the ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The climax of
the moot court year comes on Supreme Court Day, an annual competition conducted
for over sixty years in which students brief and argue an appellate case, with
the final four advocates presenting oral arguments to a special session of the
Iowa Supreme Court. Drake students have regularly occupied leadership positions
in the Law School Division of the American Bar Association in the Eighth Circuit
and served as liaisons to sections of the ABA. The Drake Law School
Student Bar Association was designated the outstanding SBA in 2008 by the ABA
and was runner‑up in 2007. Drake faculty and students also participate
with judges and practicing attorneys in two chapters of the American Inns of
Affiliated with the Law School and the University is
the nationally renowned American Judicature Society, an organization comprised
of lawyers, judges, scholars and members of the public. AJS is dedicated to
improvement of the administration of justice and promotion of public
understanding of law. The Law School's affiliation
with AJS has resulted in enrichment of the Law School
curriculum, internships for law students, jointly sponsored conferences and
symposia, and publishing opportunities.
Drake graduates are practicing in each of the 50 states
and the District of Columbia,
and the school's alumni include leaders of the Bar; state Governors; United States
Congressmen; state Supreme Court Justices; other state and federal judges;
legal educators; and business leaders. For example, three of the seven Iowa
Supreme Court Justices are Drake Law graduates, as are four of the five active
Federal District Court Judges in Iowa.
Benjamin B. Ullem (515) 271‑3985
Russell E. Lovell, II (515) 271‑1806
Associate Dean for Information Resources and
John D. Edwards (515) 271‑2141
Admission and Financial Aid Director:
Kara Blanchard (515) 271‑2782
FULL TIME FACULTY
BENJAMIN B. ULLEM, (Dean), Email:
JAMES ALBERT ADAMS, (Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of
Law), born Englewood, New Jersey,
November 15, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, New York; 1971, District of Columbia;
1977, Iowa. Education: Duke University
(A.B., 1964; J.D., 1967). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Evidence,
JAMES A. ALBERT, (Professor of Law), born Cedar Rapids,
July 2, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, Iowa. Education: Drake University
(B.F.A., 1971); Universityof Notre
Dame (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Administrative Law, Torts, Media Law.
JERRY L. ANDERSON, (Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor
of Law), born McPherson, Kansas, October 17, 1959; admitted to
bar, 1984, Missouri.
of Kansas (B.S., 1981); StanfordUniversity
(J.D., 1984). COURSES: Environmental Law, Environmental
Litigation, Property, Natural Resources Law.
MARTIN D. BEGLEITER, (Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of
Law), born Middletown, Connecticut, October 31, 1945; admitted
to bar, 1971, NewYork. Education: University
of Rochester (B.A., 1967); CornellUniversity
(J.D., 1970). COURSES: Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Federal
Estate and Gift Taxation.
ANDREA S. CHARLOW, (Professor of Law), born New York,
October 3, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, New York. Education:
Vassar College (A.B., 1973); Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1978); Columbia University
(LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Family Law, Children and the Law,
Comparative Law, Negotiations.
HUNTER R. CLARK, (Professor of Law), born Washington, D.C., September 1, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980,
District of Columbia. Education: Harvard
(A.B., 1976); Harvard LawSchool
(J.D., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Public International
Law, International Trade, State and Local Government, U.S.
Supreme Court Seminar.
LAURIE KRATKY DORE, (Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of
Law), born Carmel, California, November 8, 1958; admitted
to bar, 1984, Texas;
Education: Creighton University
(B.A., 1981); Southern Methodist University
(J.D., 1984). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Complex
Litigation, Pretrial Advocacy, Evidence.
MATTHEW G. DORE, (Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor
of Law), born Port Arthur, Texas,
November 4, 1958; admitted to bar, 1984, Texas. Education: Rice University
(B.A., 1981); Universityof Texas
(J.D., 1984). COURSES: Business Associations, Securities,
Bankruptcy, Commercial Law.
JOHN D. EDWARDS, (Associate Dean for Information Resources and
Technology and Professor of Law), born
September 15, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Missouri.
Education: Southeast Missouri State University (B.A., 1975); University
of Missouri at Columbia (M.A.L.S., 1979); University
of Missouri at Kansas City
(J.D., 1977). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Computers and
the Law, Computer‑Assisted Legal Research.
JERRY R. FOXHOVEN, (Exec. Dir., Drake Legal Clinic; Dir., Lyle &
Joan Middleton Childrenâ??s Rights Ctr.; Asst. Prof of Law), born Yankton, South Dakota, July 24, 1952; admitted
to bar, 1977, Iowa. Education: Morningside
(B.S., 1974); Drake University LawSchool
(J.D., 1977). COURSES: Clinic.
SALLY BELINKOFF FRANK, (Professor of Law), born Jersey City, New Jersey, February 24, 1959; admitted to bar,
1983, New Jersey; 1984, New York; 1985, District of Columbia; 1990, Iowa. Education:
Princeton University (A.B., 1980); Antioch University (M.A.T., 1988); New YorkUniversity
(J.D., 1983). COURSES: Clinic, Women and the Law.
NEIL D. HAMILTON, (Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor and
Director of the Agricultural Law Center), born Creston,
January 22, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Iowa. Education: Iowa State
(B.S., 1976); Universityof Iowa
(J.D., 1979). COURSES: Agricultural Law, Legislation, Land Use,
DAVID B. HANSON, (Associate Professor of Librarianship), born West Point, New York,
October 6, 1969. Education: Luther
College (B.A., 1992); University
of Missouri at Columbia
ROBERT C. HUNTER, (Professor of Law), born Pittsburgh,
October 28, 1940; admitted to bar, 1967, Ohio. Education: University
of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1963); DukeUniversity
(J.D., 1967). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction,
Constitutional Law, Education Law, First Amendment.
MARK S. KENDE, (James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law and Director of the
Constitutional Law Center), born White
Plains, New York, March 31, 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Illinois; 1997,
Michigan. Education: Yale University
(B.A., 1982); Universityof Chicago
(J.D., 1986). COURSES: Constitutional Law.
SUSAN N. LERDAL, (Associate Professor of Librarianship), born Lewiston,
September 11, 1946. Education: University of Montana
(B.A., 1968; MPA, 1980); Universityof Iowa
SUZANNE J. LEVITT, (Professor of Law), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, New York,Illinois.
Education: Barnard College
(A.B.); New York Law
(J.D., 1985); Yale Law School
(LL.M.). COURSES: Clinic.
RUSSELL E. LOVELL II, (Associate Dean and Professor of Law), born Springfield,
May 6, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Nebraska
Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1966); University of Nebraska (J.D.,
of Missouri at Kansas City
(LL.M., 1971). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Employment
Discrimination, Civil Rights, Remedies, First‑Year Trial Practicum.
CATHY LESSER MANSFIELD, (Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio,
March 21, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Arizona. Education: New York University (B.A., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1987). COURSES:
Consumer Law, Contracts, Payment Systems.
J. KARNALE MANUEL, (Visiting Associate Professor of Law), born DesMoines, Iowa,
April 2, 1950; admitted to bar, 1978, Iowa. Education: DrakeUniversity
(B.S., B.A., 1973; J.D., 1978). COURSES: Judicial Internship
Program, Pretrial Practice, and Academic Success Program.
DAVID MCCORD, (Professor of Law), born Vincennes, Indiana,
November 23, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Arizona.
Education: Illinois Wesleyan University (B.A., 1975); HarvardUniversity
(J.D., 1978). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure,
Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Post‑Conviction Remedies.
LUKE MEIER, (Assistant Professor of Law),
June 24, 1975; admitted to bar, 2002, Texas. Education: Kansas State
(B.S., 1997); Universityof Texas
(J.D., 2000). COURSES: American Legal History, Constitutional
Law, Corporations, Federal Jurisdiction, Land Use Planning, Natural Resources,
KEITH C. MILLER, (Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor), born DesMoines, Iowa,
June 14, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Missouri. Education:
of Missouri at Kansas City (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1976); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1979).
COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Workers' Compensation, AIDS
and the Law.
JAMES R. MONROE, (Professor of Law), born Uvalde,
May 19, 1943; admitted to bar, 1973, Iowa
of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1966); Denver University
(M.B.A., 1967); University
of Iowa (J.D., 1973); New YorkUniversity
(LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Federal Income Tax, Business Tax, Tax
Procedure, State and Local Tax, Business Planning.
LISA A. PENLAND, (Associate Professor of Law), born Vincennes,
May 22, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Iowa;
Education: Southwest Missouri State University (B.A., 1981); DrakeUniversity
(J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Contract
ROBERT R. RIGG, (Director, Criminal Defense Program and Associate Professor of Law), born Springfield,
March 13, 1954; admitted to bar, 1978, Iowa. Education: DrakeUniversity
(B.A., 1975; J.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Law and Procedure,
Clinic‑Adv. Representation in Criminal Cases.
DANIELLE M. SHELTON, (Associate Professor of Law), born Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 21, 1970; admitted to
bar, 1995, Iowa and Illinois. Education: Augustana
(B.A., 1992); Harvard University
(J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing.
MAURA IRENE STRASSBERG, (Professor of Law), born Grand Junction, Colorado, May 14, 1956; admitted to bar, 1985,
Massachusetts; 1986, New York. Education: Swarthmore
(B.A., 1977); Boston University
(M.A., 1981); Columbia University
(J.D., 1984). COURSES: Ethics, Pretrial Advocacy, Sexuality and
the Law, Contracts.
DEBORAH E. SULZBACH, (Associate Professor of Librarianship), born Burlington, Iowa,
February 9, 1954. Education: Finch
(B.A., 1975); Indiana University
JULIE A. THOMAS, (Associate Professor of Librarianship), born Ames, Iowa,
June 7, 1957. Education: Iowa State University
(B.A., 1979); University
of Iowa (M.A., 1984); DrakeUniversity
(J.D., 2005). COURSES: Computer‑Assisted Legal Research.
STACEY TOVINO, (Associate Professor of Law),
November 20, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas.
Education: Tulane University
(B.A., 1994); University
of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1997); University of Texas Medical Branch
(Ph.D., 2006). COURSES: Torts, Health Law, Bioethics, Mental
Health Law, Elder Law, Patient's Rights, HIPAA Privacy, Complementary and
Alternate Medicine and the Law. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVID S. WALKER, (Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law), born Akron, Ohio, July 9, 1944; admitted to bar,
1970, Ohio; 1972, Indiana; 1997, Iowa. Education: Yale
(B.A., 1966); Universityof Virginia
(LL.B., 1969). COURSES: Business Associations, Advanced Problems
in Corporate Law, Arbitration.
KAREN L. WALLACE, (Professor of Librarianship), born Omaha,
February 02, 1971. Education: Universityof Iowa
(B.A., 1993; M.A., 1994).
MELISSA HEAMES WERESH, (Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Legal
Writing), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 16, 1967;
admitted to bar, 1992, Ohio. Education: Wake Forest
(B.A., 1989); Universityof Iowa
(J.D., 1992). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing.
ELLEN LIANG YEE, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Minneapolis,
June 26, 1968; admitted to bar, 1997, Minnesota; 1998, California.
Education: Yale University (B.A.,
(J.D., 1997). COURSES: Criminal Law, Psychiatry and the Law,
PETER K. YU, (Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director,
Intellectual Property Law Center),
born Hong Kong, China, December, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, New York; 2005,
United States Supreme Court. Education: University of Wisconsin
‑ Madison (B.A., 1996); Benjamin N. Cardozo Schoolof Law
(J.D., 1999). COURSES: Communications Law, Copyright, Intellectual
Property Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Trademark and Unfair