Gov. Tom Vilsack accepts a Drake Law School sweatshirt and mug from law students at the news conference announcing his appointment as visiting distinguished professor of law.
Along with Neil Hamilton, Drake’s Dwight D. Opperman distinguished professor of law, Vilsack will teach a May interim course focusing on legal issues relating to rural development and renewable energy. The course will consider policies being proposed for the 2007 Farm Bill as well as current state and USDA rural development programs.
Vilsack will give the keynote address at
“I think there will be some very interesting conversations at Drake beginning in March with the symposium on risk and responsibility,” Vilsack said. “Many governmental policies are formulated as a result of a misunderstanding of risk — from issues involving Homeland Security to emergency management and everything in between. Risk is an extremely important component of making good policy. This symposium will help sharpen and clarify the issues. We’ll have some very interesting and controversial speakers discussing this.”
Vilsack shakes hands with Jason Yates, a second-year law student.
Vilsack will be in residence at the
Prior to being elected the 40th governor of Iowa in 1998, Vilsack practiced law with his father-in-law in Mt. Pleasant, served as an Iowa State Senator from 1992-98 and was the mayor of Mt. Pleasant from 1987-92. Vilsack received a bachelor’s degree from
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