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Meet Drake Law First-Year Student Elsie Villega

Meet Drake Law First-Year Student Elsie Villega

Elsie Villega is a first-year student from Brooklyn, New York. She attended The City College of New York as an undergraduate, majoring in English and Economics. Prior to coming to law school, Elsie was an educator and a stenographer/court reporter. Elsie is one of a small group of students who are completing their first year...

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Students in Drake Law’s Entrepreneurial and Transactional Clinic help bring a vital business back to life in a rural Iowa town

Students in Drake Law’s Entrepreneurial and Transactional Clinic help bring a vital business back to life in a rural Iowa town

When the Heartland Market chain closed its locations in Calhoun County in late 2019, the people of Manson, Iowa, found themselves without a grocery store. The nearest alternative was 30 minutes away in Fort Dodge. Facing this newly created “food desert” a group of residents formed the Manson Grocery Store Committee to identify ways to...

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Clark Butler’s journey to law school takes him from Discovery Bay, California, to a new home – and career – in Des Moines

Clark Butler’s journey to law school takes him from Discovery Bay, California, to a new home – and career – in Des Moines

Clark Butler will finish a successful experience at Drake Law School this spring. At Drake, Clark has served as an Integrated Study Group Fellow, Law Student Ambassador, and Diversity Representative on the Student Bar Association. Clark attended Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota as an undergraduate and was accepted to Drake Law as a Cady...

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Making a Case for the Wrongfully Convicted

Making a Case for the Wrongfully Convicted

Drake Law School second-year students Audrey Baumgartner and Andrea Hardesty are working to bring justice to the wrongfully convicted as interns with the Wrongful Convictions Division (WCD) of the Office of the State Public Defender. The division partners with the Midwest Innocence Project and is dedicated to exonerating Iowans convicted of crimes they did not...

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Practice Makes Professional for this Recent Graduate: Kerrigan Owens credits education in and out of the classroom for helping launch her legal career

Kerrigan Owens (LW’20) took full advantage of the opportunities Drake Law had to offer through various internships, student organizations, and extracurricular activities. Last year, as president of the Student Bar Association, Owens and the Drake Law director of clinics and experiential learning, Suzie Pritchett, established a pop-up clinic to address the needs of young mothers at...

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Hon. Mark W. Bennett continues his work to enhance justice in the 21st century as director of Drake Law School’s Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation

Hon. Mark W. Bennett continues his work to enhance justice in the 21st century as director of Drake Law School’s Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation

The IJRI was established in 2018 as a center for research and training on topics including implicit bias, Afrocentric facial feature bias, sentencing reform, and trial court innovations. As director of the IJRI Judge Bennett has continued work he began as a federal judge providing implicit bias training to state and federal judges from Hawaii...

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Like working attorneys, Drake law students counsel clients via video

Like working attorneys, Drake law students counsel clients via video

Attorneys working in a pandemic must build client trust without meeting in person. It’s a challenge for everyone in the profession, and a skill that student attorneys in the Drake Law School’s Entrepreneurial and Transactional Clinic are currently building. Students continue to provide legal assistance to business startups, entrepreneurs, and community nonprofit organizations. After being...