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Taft elects seven new partners

Lonnie L. Johnson, a 2002 Drake alumnus, was named a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Ten student newspapers sporting the most Facebook fans

Chris Snider, a multimedia journalism instructor at Drake, tracks the top newspapers on Facebook. He says college newspapers don't have "tens of tens of thousands of followers on Facebook... But they are getting there."
College Media Matters

Iowa will lose a seat in U.S. House

Despite growing populations, Iowa will lose a seat in the U.S. House when districts are redrawn next year. "It's not like Iowa swings a lot of weight in the house," says Drake politics professor Dennis Goldford. "So whatever weight Iowa swings is through seniority."
Cedar Rapids Gazette

The fans like these basketball games, the players like these basketball games...

Blogger Ronald Wesley Maly writes of his appreciation for Iowa collegiate basketball games, especially during the month of December.
Ronald Wesley Maly

If Walls Could Talk

Larry James, a 2001 Drake Law School alumnus, and his wife Jennifer bought and restored an abandoned 1886 Victorian house on the campus of Drake University. The Jameses appeared on an episode of HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk."
HGTV - Home and Garden Television

Des Moines' sexiest people

The alternative magazine Cityview named Drake Law School alumna Ashley Tousley one of Des Moines "sexiest people." Tousley graduated with honors and was admitted to legal practice in September 2009.
Cityview Magazine

Legal challenge to judicial retention vote is questioned

Three lawyers who challenged the results of Iowa's Supreme Court retention vote could have raised questions about the ballot before the election, Drake University law professor Mark Kende says.
The Des Moines Register

Urban Plains - lifestyles of the flyover states

A freelance travel writer based in Des Moines writes a blog entry about Urban Plains, the all-digital publication launched Dec. 9 by a group of Drake senior magazine majors. Urban Plains is online at

New graduates need vital energy industry (op-ed)

Senior Erin Bramhall says the repeal of tax credits that "American energy companies depend on" would result in increased energy prices for businesses and consumers. She says such a repeal would force companies to layoff staff and/or not hire new employees.
The Des Moines Register

Persistence needed by applicants for Supreme Court

Drake law prof. Robert Rigg says the Nov. 2 election that ousted three Iowa Supreme Court justices may have a chilling effect on new candidates. He also says a different set of candidates may apply.
The Des Moines Register

GOP lawmakers say preschool of "questionable" value

Republican political leaders, speaking at a forum this morning at Drake University, said it is "questionable" whether preschool is of value to all students. The forum was co-sponsored by
Radio Iowa

New CHS president and CEO names senior leadership team

Drake Law School alumna Lisa Zell was named senior vice president and leadership counsel of CHS Inc., a diversified energy, grains and foods company based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
CHS Inc.

Coming soon: Public interviews for IA candidates

Iowa plans to Internet live-stream the interviews of Iowa Supreme Court candidates in January. "People are going to be bored out of their minds," says Drake law professor Robert Rigg. "A lot of those questions are going to involve procedural issues. Have you ever looked at the Iowa Rules of Civil or Criminal Procedure? Mmmm, boy, yeah. Juicy stuff."
Gavel Grab

"Ebenezer" spins off from holiday classic

Brenton Brown, who received a music education degree at Drake University, has penned his first musical, "Ebenezer," with nearly 100 cast members set to perform Dec. 17 to Dec. 19 at The Bridge in Johnston, Ia.
The Des Moines Register

Third suit filed in deadly crash

Drake law professor James Albert comments on three lawsuits filed after a quadruple fatal vehicle collision in Little Sioux, Ia. But Albert said money hardly matters to those who have lost a loved one. "It's about holding people accountable for what they have done," Albert said. "Money doesn't bring anybody back from Christmas."
Omaha World-Herald