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Professor Bartrum discusses impact of judicial retention election

December 1, 2010
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Professor Ian Bartrum

Professor Bartrum discusses impact of judicial retention election

On Thursday, Dec. 2, Ian Bartrum, assistant professor of law at Drake University, participated in a panel discussion titled "The 2010 Judicial Retention Results: What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here?" The event was sponsored by the American Constitution Society Iowa Lawyer Chapter.

In the Nov. 2 election, voters ousted Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit, all of whom were part of a unanimous 2009 decision that invalidated Iowa's one-man, one-woman marriage law and allowed same-sex couples to marry.

In addition to Bartrum, the panelists were:
    • Justice David S. Wiggins, Iowa Supreme Court
    • Troy Price, political director of One Iowa
    • R. Ben Stone, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Its mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

The organization, founded in 2001, has established student chapters at more than 175 law schools around the country and lawyer chapters in more than 30 cities. For more information about ACS, visit  

For coverage of the event in The Des Moines Register click here.