Following a rigorous selection process, Drake University Law School is pleased to announce the appointment of two distinguished professors. The decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with the faculty committee on professorships.

The newly appointed distinguished professors are as follows:

Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor: Natalie Lynner

Natalie Lynner has compiled an exceptional record of teaching and service at Drake.  This year alone, she represented the Law School on University Senate, while also serving on the Faculty Appointments and Tenure & Promotions committees. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized nationally, with recent publications in esteemed law reviews such as Fordham, Cardozo, Iowa, Baylor, and UCLA. Her expertise in the field of estates and trusts has solidified her reputation as a leading figure in the legal community.

Class of 1977 Distinguished Scholar: Miguel Schor

Miguel Schor’s appointment as the Class of 1977 Distinguished Scholar underscores his outstanding contributions to scholarship and academia. In addition to serving as the Associate Director of Drake Law School’s Constitutional Law Center, Miguel has showcased his expertise through significant scholarly endeavors. His co-editing of a book on Comparative Constitutional Theory and forthcoming essay in a book on the constitution published by the Cambridge University Press highlight his commitment to advancing constitutional studies. Additionally, Miguel’s published works, including his recent article on “Trumpism and the Continuing Challenges to Three Political-Constitutionalist Orthodoxies,” demonstrate his valuable contributions to contemporary political and constitutional discourse.

These appointments reflect Drake Law School’s ongoing commitment to fostering academic excellence and scholarly achievement.  

“Each of these professors has an outstanding record of performance in teaching, scholarship and service, and I am pleased to honor their contributions,” said Dean Jerry Anderson.