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Fresh faces join Drake Law School

Michele Mekel has joined the faculty of Drake Law School as visiting assistant professor of law. She will teach Introduction to Health Law, Administrative Law and Bioethics.

Mekel comes to Drake after serving as executive director of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future and associate director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society at the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was visiting Fulbright Fellow at Queen’s University Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Kingston, Ontario during the 2004-05 academic year and conducted a comparative study of Canadian and U.S. academic-affiliated health policy centers.

Mekel earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, an M.B.A., an M.H.A. and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. At the Law School she was editor in chief of the Missouri Law Review and on graduation was elected to the Order of the Coif, the nation’s scholastic honor society for law schools. Fewer than one half of accredited schools have been authorized to have a chapter of Order of the Coif, and Drake Law School is one of them.

Luke Meier has joined the faculty of Drake Law School as assistant professor of law. He will teach Property and Natural Resources and will be developing a special course in Water Law.

Meier comes to Drake after serving for two years as visiting professor of law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He previously practiced as a commercial litigator, first as an associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP and then as assistant attorney general of Texas. After law school, Meier clerked for Judge Michael Murphy on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meier earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Kansas State University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. In Law School he was managing editor of the Texas Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Laurie Doré, Drake’s Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of law, was named the Leland S. Forrest Outstanding Professor at the 2007 annual Supreme Court Celebration.