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Legal scholars discuss U.S. Constitution at Drake symposium

The U.S. Constitution is often treated as if it is a nearly sacred and flawless document. But on April 7, the Drake Constitutional Law Center held a symposium on the topic of whether the U.S. Constitution actually hinders democracy.
May 29, 2007

U.N. Prosecutor discusses courts, trial of war criminals

In a lecture at Drake Law School this April, 1974 Drake Law School graduate Stephen Rapp said that the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone is a response to weaknesses of the tribunals in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, on which he also served.
May 29, 2007

Drake program addresses moral dilemmas in law and medicine

Drake program to address moral dilemmas in law and medicine In a society polarized by hot-button issues, morally sensitive topics can be extraordinarily divisive in the workplace. And for judges, lawyers, doctors and pharmacists, determining the role of an individual’s conscience can be problematic. That conundrum will be the topic of a multidisciplinary program being presented jointly by Drake University Law School, the American Judicature Society and Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
March 12, 2007

Vilsack gives keynote address at Supreme Court Celebration

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address at the Drake University Law School’s annual Supreme Court Celebration held March 10 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.
February 27, 2007

Law School Annual Fund shows increase

Participation by alumni and friends in the Law School Annual Fund is showing a 68 percent increase in the number of donors from this time last year and a substantial 17 percent increase in the amount contributed as well.
February 27, 2007

AJS names Andersen as vice president

The American Judicature Society has announced the appointment of Seth S. Andersen as executive vice president.
February 27, 2007

Student presents oral arguments before Iowa Court of Appeals

Kendra Mills Arnold, a third-year Drake Law School student from Ankeny, presented oral arguments before the Iowa Court of Appeals March 8 at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building.
February 27, 2007

Prosecutor in UN-backed Court in Sierra Leone to return to Drake

Stephen Rapp, LW'74, prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), will return to Drake Law School April 9-10 to meet with students and faculty and deliver a lecture titled "The Compact Model in International Criminal Justice: The Special Court for Sierra Leone."
February 27, 2007

Law student co-authors paper with Iowa Supreme Court justice

Third-year law student Jess Phelps sits in a unique position. After all, his office lies just down the hall from Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady, LA'75, LW'78, on the fourth floor of the Iowa Judicial Branch Building.
February 27, 2007

Legal scholar explores Thurgood Marshall's legacy

Professor Mary Dudziak recently gave a talk titled "Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey" as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Drake Constitutional Law Center.
February 27, 2007

Law School dedicates NBA archives

At the Feb. 1 dedication of the transfer of National Bar Association archives to the Opperman Law Library, William S. Morris, the grandson of NBA co-founder James B. Morris, described the racial tensions in Des Moines during the 1920s. He cited appalling examples, such as when the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross at the foot of the Iowa State Capitol building in 1925.
February 27, 2007

Moot Court team reaches quarterfinals at national competition

The Drake Law School National Moot Court team finished among the top 8 teams out of the 28 teams that competed in the final rounds of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City.
February 27, 2007

First-year orientation propels students into legal world

From attending an orientation at the Iowa State Capitol to witnessing a second-degree murder trial, first-year law students' educations are enhanced by law-in-action experiences.
February 27, 2007

Con Law Symposium promises controversial debate

This spring, the annual Drake Law School Constitutional Law Symposium will tackle a bold topic for debate: Does the U.S. Constitution thwart democracy? The event, titled "Our 'Undemocratic' American Constitution," is set for Saturday, April 7.
February 27, 2007

Foster children work with Drake law students to pass unique sibling visitation law in Iowa

Law school students and faculty at Drake are trying to improve children's rights in Iowa by trying out a novel idea -- asking foster children themselves what laws need to be changed to better protect them, and then enlisting those foster children to lobby lawmakers to pass that legislation.
February 27, 2007