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Truth Will Have the Final Word

Truth Will Have the Final Word

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, December 10, 1964 Dear students and colleagues, I was born in December of 1961 during my father’s last year at the University of Kentucky College of Law. After graduation that following...

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Nikole Hannah-Jones to Headline Virtual Discussions on Racial Oppression

Nikole Hannah-Jones to Headline Virtual Discussions on Racial Oppression

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s 1619 Project will also be featured in a seven-week series on racial equity Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and Iowa-native Nikole Hannah-Jones will deliver the spring Sussman Lecture on April 8, as part of a community-wide dialogue about systemic oppression and racial equity. The Sussman Lecture is free and open to the...

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Drake Law School Launches New Course Examining Race and Law

Drake Law School Launches New Course Examining Race and Law

“Current Topics in Race and the Law,” a new course at Drake Law School, was introduced during the January interim semester, in response to strong student interest in further exploration of racial justice issues. The class explores how race intersects with various aspects of the law. Topics included why race matters, implicit bias, access to...

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Drake names Leslie Maynes executive director of University Communications and Marketing

Drake names Leslie Maynes executive director of University Communications and Marketing

Drake University is pleased to welcome Leslie Maynes as the new executive director of University Communications and Marketing. Leslie will begin her position Jan. 19 and report to John Smith, vice president of University Advancement. “Leslie’s professional, industry, and agency experience will be an incredible asset to the University,” said Smith. “Her strong knowledge of...

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Drake Law Professor Andrew Jurs Elected to the American Law Institute

Drake Law Professor Andrew Jurs Elected to the American Law Institute

Drake University Law School is pleased to announce that Andrew Jurs, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Clemens J. Smith Faculty Research Scholar, and a Professor of Law, has been elected as a member of the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI). The Institute’s members consist of judges, professors, and lawyers, who are elected based...

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Drake University again awarded prestigious Center of Actuarial Excellence designation

Drake University again awarded prestigious Center of Actuarial Excellence designation

Drake University has again been awarded the prestigious Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) designation by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), signifying that its School of Actuarial Science & Risk Management is among a small number of programs accredited as best in the world in this burgeoning field of study. Drake is one of 17 programs...

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Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender announce new Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender announce new Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender are excited to announce a new collaboration creating a Wrongful Convictions Clinic. The Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Drake Law School will begin in January 2021. The Clinic will be led by the State Public Defender’s Wrongful Convictions Division. Student attorneys in the clinic will represent individuals...

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Drake University to celebrate 149th commencement virtually Saturday, Dec. 12

Drake University to celebrate 149th commencement virtually Saturday, Dec. 12

Drake University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12, to celebrate the accomplishments of 262 students who are eligible to receive their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.  The Virtual Commencement website will serve as the hub for the virtual celebration, which will go live at 10 a.m. CST on Dec. 12. Content on the website will include the conferring...

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New way to enjoy Drake University events at home

New way to enjoy Drake University events at home

Tune in to Front Row at Drake every Thursday night to connect and witness the talents of Drake students, faculty, and staff Starved for collegiate sports, music, or art? Drake University is bringing them to you every Thursday night with the new Front Row at Drake series. Tomorrow night, Dec. 3, 2020, the University will...

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Drake Law School named a top school for Criminal Law by PreLaw Magazine

Drake Law School named a top school for Criminal Law by PreLaw Magazine

Drake Law School earned a place on PreLaw Magazine’s list of top law schools for Criminal Law with an A- rating. Law schools were graded based on the breadth of their curricular offerings including concentrations, clinical programs, centers, externships, journals, student groups, certificates, and other offerings. Drake Law offers students substantial opportunities to learn about...