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A letter from Dean Vestal

May 1, 2014

Dear Member of the Drake Law School Community,

I announced this afternoon that I will step down as Dean of the Law School on June 30, 2014. This will mark the end of my fifth year as Dean. It had been my intention to serve through the 2014-2015 academic year, but some medical challenges made it appropriate to step down at the conclusion of this year. I will take a sabbatical next year and thereafter will take great pleasure in serving the Law School as a member of the faculty.

Ben Ullem, a 1969 graduate of the Law School who served as interim dean the year before I arrived, will serve as interim dean for the 2014-2015 academic year. Many of you know Ben; I know all of you will join me in wishing him every success.

I should like to thank you for the opportunity to have served as Dean for these five years. The Law School is a wonderful place; our students, faculty, staff, and graduates are very special people. Our vision of legal education continues to be the correct one. It has been a privilege for me to have had a role in moving the Law School forward.

Warmest regards. 


Allan Vestal, Dean