The Drake Legal Clinic did not just give four Drake Law students a great legal education, it also gave them the opportunity to meet one another and begin a journey that culminated in the opening of Kemp Eason Sease & Dyer, a general practice firm. During law school they had the opportunity to write briefs to the Iowa Supreme Court, present oral arguments in front of the Iowa Court of Appeals and represent clients in need through the legal clinic. These experiences helped them with the confidence to start a practice.
“Chris (Kemp) LW’09, Matt (Sease) LW’10, Jonah (Dyer) LW’10 and I all met in the Drake Legal Clinic. Each of us took advantage of the opportunities Drake Law offers to interact with the legal community by participating in the Criminal Defense Clinic, Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic, the Appellate Clinic and prosecutorial and judicial internships” explained Tyler Eason LW’10. “After actively participating in the practice of law during these clinical experiences, the four of us decided that we wanted to be in those courtrooms as soon as possible.”
The four students discussed the idea of forming a firm during the summer after their 2L year and began gathering information and speaking with many Drake Law alumni and staff about the logistics of starting a firm.
The group finalized their plans and after all four were admitted to the Iowa Bar, they officially opened Kemp Eason Sease & Dyer on October 1, 2010. The firm is located in the Equitable Building in downtown Des Moines and works in the areas, including but not limited to, criminal defense, appellate, juvenile law, family law, personal injury, civil litigation, business and commercial law and wills. The group is thankful for the support that they have received from Drake Law professors and the Drake Law network of attorneys. “The resources of the alumni of Drake Law have been tremendous. Their advice and words of wisdom were and continue to be instrumental in creating a successful practice.”
To learn more about Kemp Eason Sease & Dyer, visit the firm’s website.