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Judicial Service Attracts Drake Law Alumni

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Edward Mansfield, Iowa Supreme Court Justice and Drake Law School Adjunct Professor

Instilling a sense of commitment to public service is a core part of the Drake Law School experience.

Perhaps because of the value Drake places on public service, many who graduate go on to serve on the bench in a variety of roles.

The Law School has a long-standing relationship with the judiciary and this tradition continued to grow when two of Iowa’s new Supreme Court Justices “” both with ties to Drake “” took the oath of office in June.

An investiture ceremony was held June 3 for Edward Mansfield, Bruce Zager, LW’80, and Pleasant Valley attorney Thomas Waterman.

In addition to Drake Law alumnus Zager, Mansfield is a longtime adjunct professor of law at Drake who currently teaches Election Law.

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Bruce Zager, LW’80, Iowa Supreme Court Justice

The appointments by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, LW’74, strengthened Drake Law School’s long-standing relationship with the Iowa Supreme Court. Four of seven justices on the Iowa Supreme Court now have Drake Law ties.

Mansfield and Zager join Drake alumni Chief Justice Mark Cady, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake in 1975 and his law degree from Drake Law in 1978, and Justice David Wiggins, a 1976 Drake Law graduate.

Also in June, Branstad appointed Michael R. Mullins, LW’82, to the Iowa Court of Appeals. His investiture ceremony took place on August 12. Mullins was editor in chief of Drake Law Review and graduated with honors.

He spent 19 years in private practice in Washington, IA, and was appointed to the district court bench in 2002. His appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals fills the vacancy that occurred when Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court.