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Drake Law holds 74th Annual Supreme Court Celebration

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Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law (Emeritus) James Adams

Drake Law School hosted the Iowa Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments in two cases as part of the Law School’s 74th Annual Supreme Court Celebration. The celebration is held annually to help law students become more familiar with appellate court procedure and arguments and to honor the Iowa Supreme Court for its commitment to justice and legal education.

This year, students heard oral arguments made before the justices in two cases presented in the courtroom of Drake’s Neal and Bea Smith Law Center. Justices met with students over breakfast and led a question-and-answer session following the arguments.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to see our Supreme Court in action,” said Matt Jarvey, a first-year law student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I also enjoyed meeting with one of the justices over breakfast and learning from them in a less formal setting.”

The three-day event, which included celebrations to acknowledge the work of students involved with the Journal of Agricultural Law, Law Review and the Moot Court program, culminated with the Supreme Court Banquet and Awards Ceremony in Olmsted Center on the Drake Campus on March 26. William Robinson III, president elect of the American Bar Association, presented the keynote lecture at the event, which also featured awards bestowed upon Drake Law alumni and current students.

Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, LA’75, LW’78, was honored at the banquet as the Drake Law Alumnus of the Year and third-year student Gavin Quill received the first annual K.M. Waggoner Peer Mentoring Award made possible by Phil DeKoster, LW’10.

A complete list of this year’s honorees can be viewed at the Drake Law website.

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Professor of Law Russell Lovell

Professors Honored

Unveiled at the celebration this year were oil paintings of Professor of Law Russell Lovell and the former Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law James Adams.

The oil paintings are an honor bestowed upon those professors who have a history of long and exemplary service to the Law School. Lovell is currently in his 35th year at Drake Law School and Adams retired in December after 36 years at Drake Law School.