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The Law School Mom: Hope Wood

In the span of two months in 2009, Hope Wood gave birth to her first child, moved to Des Moines and enrolled in Drake Law School. In the year and a half since then she's successfully completed her first year at Drake, written and e-published a book and landed a federal internship.
The Des Moines Register

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

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

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

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

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

"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

Findley added to Branstad's staff

Drake alumna Brenna Findley, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science, will serve as legal counsel in the administration of Iowa Gov.-elect Terry Branstad, a Drake Law School alumnus. Branstad said, "Brenna Findley has a talented, sharp legal mind and her knowledge and work ethic will be valued in my administration."
The Des Moines Register

The future of Des Moines: Sparking a tech boom

Drake University alumnus Igor Dobrosavljevic, chief operating officer of BitMethod in Des Moines, said people often ask whether working for the startup company that builds smartphone and web apps is a money-making proposition. "We wouldn't be at the top of the Liberty Building if we weren't paying ourselves," he said.
Des Moines Juice

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