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Drake Law Associate Dean John Edwards inducted into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame

Drake Law Associate Dean John Edwards inducted into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame

John Edwards is one of three recipients of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2021 Hall of Fame Award. Edwards is associate dean for information resources and technology, director of the law library, professor of law and director of legal research at Drake Law School. The Hall of Fame Award was established in 2009...

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Drake Law School Announces New Scholarship for Public Defense

Drake Law School Announces New Scholarship for Public Defense

Drake Law School is proud to announce the formation of the Melanie Thwing-Eastman Public Service Law Scholarship. Melanie Thwing-Eastman, LW’15, went to law school to make the world a better place, and from day one, she began a campaign of zealous advocacy that she would carry into her career as a defense attorney. While in...

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Drake Law School announces new certificate in Social Justice and Public Interest Lawyering

Drake Law School announces new certificate in Social Justice and Public Interest Lawyering

Beginning in the fall of 2021, Drake Law School will offer a certificate in Social Justice and Public Interest Lawyering. The certificate, which includes a new core course in Law and Social Change, will prepare Drake Law students for careers as lawyers for underrepresented and underserved clients and communities. “This certificate aligns perfectly with our...

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Drake Law School announces 2021 Faculty Award winners

Drake Law School announces 2021 Faculty Award winners

Drake Law School recognized two outstanding faculty members for their contributions to the Law School’s teaching, scholarship and research during the 2020-2021 academic year. Melissa Weresh, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Legal Writing, was recognized as the 2021 Stevens Faculty Scholar of the Year. The Stevens Faculty Scholar of the...

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Drake Law School Named a Best Law School for Practical Training by Prelaw Magazine

Drake Law School Named a Best Law School for Practical Training by Prelaw Magazine

Drake Law School earned a place on PreLaw Magazine’s list of “Best Law Schools for Practical Training.” Law schools were graded based on key offerings such as clinics, externships, simulation courses, and moot court participation. The annual rankings were featured in the Spring 2021 issue of the magazine. Practical training is key to ensuring that...

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“Re-examining Pragmatism in Constitutional Interpretation”: 2021 Drake Constitutional Law Symposium

“Re-examining Pragmatism in Constitutional Interpretation”: 2021 Drake Constitutional Law Symposium

The Drake Constitutional Law Center will host the 2021 Constitutional Law Symposium on Saturday, April 17, from 8:40 a.m. – noon. The program will be delivered virtually via Zoom. This year, speakers will examine pragmatism as a method of constitutional interpretation. Pragmatism is considered the most significant contribution by the United States to global philosophy....

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“Law in Action”: Trial of Journalist Andrea Sahouri held at Drake Legal Clinic courtroom

“Law in Action”: Trial of Journalist Andrea Sahouri held at Drake Legal Clinic courtroom

Journalists from around the country covered the trial of Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri, who was charged with failure to disperse and interference with official acts in connection with her presence in May at a George Floyd demonstration. The prosecution of a reporter covering a protest raised important issues regarding the First Amendment and...

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Drake Law School Announces 2021 Alumni Award Winners

Drake Law School Announces 2021 Alumni Award Winners

Drake University Law School announces the outstanding recipients of this year’s alumni awards. Joe P. Crookham, LW’68, and Jeffrey Goodman, LW’85, were each recognized as Alumni of the Year; Lieutenant Governor Adam C. Gregg, LW’09, was named 2021 Recent Alumnus of the Year; and Janet Phipps Burkhead, LW’05, received the Distinguished Public Service Award. The...