Jane Lorentzen, president of the Iowa State Bar Association and a 1991 graduate of
Drake Law School, will give the commencement address, which is titled “A
Time to Lead.”
The ceremony will be preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a formal procession of
law students and faculty wearing academic regalia to the Drake Knapp
Center from Opperman Hall and Law Library. A bagpiper will lead the
Following graduation from Drake Law School, where she received the
Martin Tollefson Award, Lorentzen was admitted to the Iowa Bar, the
United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in 1991.
An expert in the areas of workers’ compensation and litigation,
Lorentzen practices with Hopkins & Huebner P.C. in Des Moines.
She has been active in the Iowa State Bar Association, serving as
president-elect in 2008-09 and vice president in 2007-08. In addition,
she has been a member of the Polk Country Bar Association Board of
Directors since 2001.
Lorentzen frequently speaks on issues of judicial independence and
workers’ compensation. She also is secretary of the Des Moines West Side
Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Counselors of Drake Law
School and a member of the Board of Directors of Bishop Drumm Retirement
For more information about the commencement ceremony, call
515-271-2057. A reception for graduates and their guests will follow in
Drake’s Parents Hall in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.