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Judge Belcher to speak at Public Service Day lecture

Judge Romonda Belcher, LW'95

The Honorable Romonda Belcher, LW’95, is the featured speaker for Public Service Day at Drake Law School.  Judge Belcher will be speaking at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Cartwright Hall, Room 213.

Judge Belcher is an Iowa District Court Associate Judge and the first female African American judge appointed in Iowa. As an active student leader while at Drake Law School, Belcher served as presdient of the Black Law Students Assocation and participated in many student organizations. Following law school, she spent 15 years in the Polk County attorney’s office and was then appointed to the bench in 2010.

“Judge Belcher has had a full and heralded career since leaving Drake,” says Professor David Walker, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law and former dean. “She has also been active in various community activities and continues to mentor many of our students.”

Public Service Day is an ongoing tradition at Drake Law School. It is an effort to celebrate public service as a defining aspect of the profession, a key part of Drake’s mission, and an achievement evidenced in myriad ways by faculty members, staff, and students.

“There is so much evidence of public service in our midst and in the aspiration and plans of our students, not to mention the careers of our graduates, that we should celebrate it prominently,” says Walker. “Public service is part of Drake Law School’s DNA.”

Guests are welcome to attend a reception in Kern Commons following her public lecture.