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Drake Law School Instrumental in Iowa Bill Passage

Drake Law School Instrumental in Iowa Bill Passage

Effective July 1, 2019, Iowa will be the twenty-first state to adopt the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The enactment of UELMA will allow legal professionals and others to rely on electronic versions of legal material with the same level of credibility traditionally given to print versions of those documents. Drake University Law Library...

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Setting Drake Law Students Up for Success

Setting Drake Law Students Up for Success

Drake University Law School emphasizes practical training, alongside substantive knowledge, to ensure our students graduate as complete professionals, ready to excel in the real world. As a part of that mission, we place great importance on preparing our students for the rigor of the bar exam. Several years ago, Drake Law School created a new...

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Constitutional Law Symposium to explore “Is it Time to Amend the Constitution?”

Constitutional Law Symposium to explore “Is it Time to Amend the Constitution?”

The Drake Constitutional Law Center will host the 2019 Constitutional Law Symposium on Saturday, April 13. This year, the speakers will address, “Is it Time to Amend the Constitution?” When faced with difficult national circumstances in the past, Americans squarely faced the problem of constitutional change. The defects in the Articles of Confederation and the...

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Drake Law School announces 2019 alumni award winners

Drake Law School announces 2019 alumni award winners

Drake University Law School announces the outstanding recipients of this year’s alumni awards. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., JO’91, LW’92, was named the 2019 Alumni of the Year; Emiliano Lerda, LW’08, was named 2019 Recent Alumni of the Year; Jerry Foxhoven, LW’77, received the Distinguished Public Service Award. The award winners will be honored at Drake...

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2L Bria Carr elected to the Midwest Regional Executive Board of BLSA

2L Bria Carr elected to the Midwest Regional Executive Board of BLSA

Members of Drake Law School’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) attended the National BLSA Midwest Regional Convention this month. The theme of the 51st annual convention centered on civil rights, entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Standing Up in the Midst of Adversity. Students heard from notable judges, attorneys, and community activists, and also...

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Looking into the past can change the future–an internship with the Wrongful Convictions Division

Looking into the past can change the future–an internship with the Wrongful Convictions Division

Bryanna Walton, currently a 2L at Drake Law School, spent the summer of 2018 interning at the Wrongful Convictions Division, one of the newest branches of the Iowa State Public Defender’s office. The Wrongful Convictions Division (WCD) was created in 2015 by former Governor Terry Branstad and Drake Law alumni Adam Gregg (LW’09) who served...

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Building Bridges at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting

Additionally, Professor Weresh was the delegate for Drake Law this year, attending the two AALS House of Delegates meetings. The Comparative Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics and the Evolving Role of Constitutional Courts panel explored the part that constitutional courts play globally in advancing constitutionalism, rights, quality, and other structural principles and values. Professor Kende was...

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Jennifer Zwagerman appointed director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center to succeed Neil Hamilton

Jennifer Zwagerman appointed director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center to succeed Neil Hamilton

Drake University Law School announces the selection of Jennifer Zwagerman as the next director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. Neil Hamilton, the Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law, has served as the director since the founding of the center in 1983 and will retire later this year. “Drake Law School leads the nation in...

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Three Drake Law alumnae clerk for Iowa Court of Appeals

Three Drake Law alumnae clerk for Iowa Court of Appeals

Recent Drake University Law School graduates Danielle Holmes, Mackenzi Nash, and Samantha Nordstrom are distinguishing themselves early in their legal careers. The three alumnae, all native Iowans, began clerkships with the Iowa Court of Appeals in August. Traditionally, each of the nine judges on the Iowa Court of Appeals employs a law clerk. Clerkship duties...