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Grant awarded to Iowa State Public Defender’s Office will build on the Wrongful Convictions Clinic’s ability to represent the wrongfully accused

The Drake Wrongful Convictions Clinic (WCC) will continue its work with the Iowa State Public Defender’s Office to seek DNA testing for wrongfully convicted Iowans. The Iowa State Public Defender’s Office has received a $855,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to build on the Clinic’s ability to represent indigent Iowans who are...


Student attorneys in the Drake Refugee Clinic assist Afghan refugees through the immigration and family reunification processes

Over the last year, student attorneys with the Drake Refugee Clinic helped numerous Afghan nationals navigate the complexities of the immigration process through the Clinic’s collaboration with the Afghan Legal League of Iowa (ALL Iowa).* They provided direct representation before immigration agencies, and helped develop pro se materials, intake processes, and conducted needs assessments to...


Drake’s Criminal Law Clinic provides tremendous public service through the Iowa Sentencing Project

Students in the Criminal Law Clinic, under the supervision of the clinic’s director Robert Rigg, participate in the Iowa Sentencing Project, researching and publishing annual updates to the Iowa Criminal Statues Summary Chart (Chart). This sentencing “bible” is used by every criminal defense lawyer, prosecutor, and judge across the state and helps ensure the efficient,...


Children’s Rights Clinic Case Involving Expert Witness Fees Goes to the Iowa Supreme Court

A Children’s Rights Center (CRC) case involving the recovery of expert witness fees is under review by the Iowa Supreme Court. Expert witnesses provide specialized knowledge and opinions that are essential for a fair and informed legal process. Recovering witness fees from the courts ensures that individuals, particularly those with limited resources, can access the...


2023 Cady Day of Service Planned for Friday, Oct. 20

The 2023 state-wide Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service (Cady Day) will take place on Friday, Oct. 20. Members of the Iowa legal community are invited to participate in some form of public service or pro bono work to honor the legacy of the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Cady’s career...


Drake Law School is accepting nominations for the 2023 Alumni Awards

Drake Law School is proud to honor exceptional graduates with annual alumni awards. These awards recognize the significant contributions of our alumni to the Law School, their profession, and their community. We are accepting nominations for the 2023 Alumni Awards now through January 10, 2023. Award winners will be recognized at the 86th Annual Supreme...

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