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June 1, 2006

Aspen Publishers Inc. recently published the latest edition of "Problems and Materials on Decedents' Estates and Trusts," on which Martin Begleiter, Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of law, is a new co-author. The text is the second-most widely used book of cases and materials on wills and trusts in legal education.

The Drake Board of Trustees recently named Laurie Dore a Levitt distinguished professor for her outstanding performance in the classroom, her scholarship, and her service to the University as well as the Law School. Dore teaches and researches civil procedure, conflict of laws, evidence and complex litigation.

Jerry Foxhoven, the former executive officer of the Iowa child Advocacy Board, has joined the Drake Law School faculty as director of the Middleton Children's Rights Center and associate professor of law. At the advocacy board, Foxhoven, a 1977 Drake Law School graduate, directed an independent state agency with an annual budget of approximately $2 million.

Foxhoven served as director of two separate child welfare advocacy programs, Court Appointed Special Advocate and Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Board. Prior to that he had nearly a quarter century of experience as a practicing attorney, in both civil and criminal law, and had extensive involvement in family and juvenile law cases.

He is well known regionally and even nationally for his work, received a "Leader of the Year Award" in 2002 from Governor Vilsack, and has been recognized in Outstanding Lawyers of America (limited to 100 members per state.)

David McCord, professor of law, was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, a national organization that allows members by election only. The group's 2,700 members include judges, lawyers and law teachers from all areas of the United States as well as some foreign countries. Members are selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of American law.

McCord is a nationally recognized expert on criminal law, evidence and the death penalty.