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Alumna named one of the Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40

June 14, 2010
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Syeta Glanton

Syeta Glanton, LW'05, has been named one of the Nation's Best
Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Bar Association (NBA)
and IMPACT, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of young
professionals of color in 2006.

The 40 attorneys were selected for the honor based on their
achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and involvement in the
legal community. "The NBA is extremely proud of each of the 40 Lawyers
Under 40 awardees," said NBA President Mavis Thompson. "They are
excellent representatives of the next generation of African American
attorneys."

Glanton, 30, is the criminal justice, human and civil rights policy
adviser in the office of Gov. Chet Culver and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge. She
also serves as the office's liaison to the Iowa Finance Authority and
the Iowa Lottery.

"My job can be very stressful, especially when the legislature is
in session," Glanton said. "However, I enjoy having input in criminal
justice/human rights laws that affect the African American community
and all Iowans."   

Glanton will be recognized along with the other honorees on Aug. 8 at the 85th annual NBA Convention in New Orleans.

"I am very excited about receiving the award," said Glanton, who
noted that the National Bar Association was formed in Iowa in 1925 and
its archives are housed in the Drake Law Library.  

"IMPACT is an organization of African American lawyers that I met
while representing Drake Law School as the Midwest regional director on
the National Board for the National Black Law Students Association,"
Glanton added. "It is very rewarding to receive an award from such a
prestigious association as the NBA and from my peers through IMPACT."  

The NBA is the nation's oldest and largest national network of
predominately African American attorneys and judges. It represents
approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.
 

A native of Franklin, N.J., Glanton received her bachelor's degree
in political science from Spelman College. At Drake Law School, she
served as chapter president and Midwest regional director for the BLSA
Law Student Association. She also participated in judicial and
prosecutorial internships as well as the criminal law program at the
Drake Legal Clinic.

"My internships helped me develop organizational, advocacy and
leadership skills in order to have a successful career in state
government," Glanton said.

Drake faculty members also have played a key role in Glanton's
success. "There were so many professors that influenced me while at
Drake," she said.

"However, my favorite professor was Teri McMurtry-Chubb, because of
her ability to connect with me and provide sound professional and
personal advice. We have a special bond, since we both attended Spelman
College for our undergraduate degrees.

"My other favorite professor," she added, "is former Dean David
Walker. Although he didn’t teach many classes, he served as an
excellent mentor to me throughout law school by identifying classes
that I needed to take to help ensure success once I graduated."