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Justice Mansfield to speak at Iowa Constitution Lecture

September 2, 2015

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Edward M. Mansfield will serve as the featured speaker at the annual Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture. The title of his speech is “Exploring the Original Meaning of Article I, Section 6 of the Iowa Constitution.”

The lecture is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Cartwright Hall, Room 213. It is free and open to the public.

Mansfield received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1978 and his law degree from Yale in 1982. After law school, he clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He then worked as an attorney in private practice, including 13 years at the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009 and to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011. His current term expires Dec. 31, 2020.

Mansfield has also been an adjunct professor of law at Drake Law School since 1997. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and served as chair of the Trade Regulation Section from 2004-2006.

In addition, Mansfield is a member of the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. He also serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa and is a past chairperson of the organization.

The Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series was introduced in 2012 by the Drake Constitutional Law Center to feature prominent experts on the topic of the Iowa Constitution. Judge Grant served as a district court judge as well as Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. He also helped establish the Iowa State Bar Association and served as the organization’s first president.

The annual event is made possible through the gifts of Patrick Grant, LW'76, and the Grant family.

The Drake Constitutional Law Center is one of only four constitutional law programs established by the U.S. Congress and funded by the federal government. The Center's mission is to foster study of the U.S. Constitution and its roots, formation, principles, and development.

Additional seating will be available in Cartwright Hall, Room 206, with a livestream of the lecture.

A recording of the lecture will be shared on the Drake Law School website after the event.

*This program is approved for one credit hour of Iowa CLE (#201282).

For more information, contact the Drake Law School at 515-271-2988.