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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

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...

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From Classroom to Courtroom: Student Attorneys Receive Hands-On Learning Through the Drake Legal Clinic

From Classroom to Courtroom: Student Attorneys Receive Hands-On Learning Through the Drake Legal Clinic

The Drake Legal Clinic gives students the chance to apply skills gained in the classroom to the representation of real clients. Recent examples are Lauren Calef, Austin Jungblut, and Abigail Bluett—third-year Drake Law students who worked as student attorneys on cases through the eight programs available at the Legal Clinic to gain practical experience before graduation. ...

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Two Drake Law Students Accepted to the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program

Two Drake Law Students Accepted to the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program

Third-year Drake Law students Hannah Early and Jackie Garcia are pursuing their passion for immigration law upon graduation. Both have been accepted to the highly competitive U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General’s Honors Program. The Honor’s Program is recognized “as the nation’s premier entry-level federal attorney recruitment program and attracts candidates from hundreds of...

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Drake Law Student John Gilbertson Wins Runner-Up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Drake Law Student John Gilbertson Wins Runner-Up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

John Gilbertson, a third-year student at Drake University Law School, was recognized onstage during GRAMMY Week 2020 at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event and Scholarship Presentation, hosted by the Recording Academy. His paper, titled Play It Again Sam: The Free-Market Case for Government Intervention in the Music Streaming Sector, received runner-up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, winning him a trip to Los Angeles and a $2,500 scholarship.