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Drake Law School holds annual Court2Court 5k Race, raises funds to support community legal services

March 25, 2014

Drake University Law School’s 7th Annual Court2Court 5k Race is a benefit for Iowa Legal Aid’s Poverty Law Internship Program. For every dollar raised, the federal work-study program will provide three dollars to support Drake University Law School students working for Iowa Legal Aid’s Poverty Law Internship Program. The race will be held on April 5 at 2 p.m., beginning at the Polk County Courthouse in downtown Des Moines.

The race will take place during Iowa Supreme Court Week, and Iowa’s Chief Justice Mark Cady will fire the starting gun. The Iowa Supreme Court has been a generous supporter of the Poverty Law Internship Program for 19 years.

Iowa Legal Aid provides no or low-cost legal services to Iowans who would not otherwise have access. Last summer, Drake Law student Torey Robinson worked through Iowa Legal Aid to help a woman secure custody of her daughter and get a protective order against the child’s physically abusive and persistently threatening father.

“No one deserves to feel like they have no options when their situation could be life or death,” says Robinson.

Jack Wharton, partner at Peddicord, Wharton, Spencer, Hook, Barron & Wegman, L.L.P. Attorneys at Law, says he is proud to support the Public Interest Law Association and Iowa Legal Aid.

“Providing legal services to many Iowans [and] preserving and furthering the goal of equal justice for all is something we strongly believe in at our firm,” says Wharton.

Ann Cosimano, event sponsor and general counsel at ARAG Group, says her company shares Iowa Legal Aid’s mission “to help everybody have access to the legal assistance they need.”

Race registration is $20 per person before March 21 and $25 after. The race, which is open to walkers and runners, will circle the Capitol and Iowa Supreme Court and return back to the Polk County Courthouse.

Visit https://secure.getmeregistered.com/Court2Court5K to register.

For more information, contact Poppy Davis at poppy.davis@drake.edu.