Adjunct Faculty

The following serve as adjunct professors at Drake Law School.

Judge Robert J. Blink

Judge Blink received his undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communications from North Central College in Illinois in 1972 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1975. He has served as an assistant Polk County attorney, assistant Iowa attorney general and special deputy United States attorney. He was also a partner in a Des Moines law firm before becoming a judge in 1995.

Judge Blink has been a professor at Drake Law School since 1981. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Blink is an Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.

Richard Calkins

Richard Calkins graduated from Northwestern University Law School after completing his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth. After graduating from law school, he served as clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court for two years. He practiced law in Chicago until being named as the dean of the Drake Law School in 1980, serving in that position until 1988.

Since then Calkins has served as an adjunct professor while practicing law and specializing in arbitration and mediation. He has been president of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, American Mock Trial Association, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and the Blackstone Inn of Court.

Angela Campbell

Angela Campbell is the co-founder of Dickey & Campbell Law Firm P.L.C. She graduated from Yale University with a double major in Anthropology and Political Science. Subsequently, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk to the Honorable C. Arlen Beam in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Campbell is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York. She is also licensed in the Southern District of Iowa, Northern District of Iowa, District of Nebraska, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Heather Campbell

Heather L. Campbell is a shareholder with Belin McCormick, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she practices health care and corporate law. She graduated from Grand View University in 1996 with a nursing degree and practiced as a registered nurse prior to attending law school. Heather graduated from Drake Law School with highest honors and Order of the Coif in 2001.

Brandon Clark

Brandon Clark is the Chair of the Copyright, Entertainment, and Media Law Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease. Brandon’s practice focuses on a wide array of issues including copyrights, entertainment law, trademarks, licensing, contracts, multimedia law, sponsorship and endorsements, and right of privacy/publicity issues.

Prior to joining MVS in 2015, Brandon worked in private practice, and also at record labels and music publishing companies. He is a 2010 graduate of Drake Law School and is a frequent panelist and guest speaker on copyright related issues.

Stacie Codr

Stacie Codr graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2002 and practiced with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, P.C., from 2002 until joining the firm of Finley, Alt, Smith, Scharnberg, Craig, Hilmes & Gaffney, P.C. in March 2007. She practices in the areas of health law and professional liability, representing health care professionals and entities in matters ranging from malpractice litigation to licensing, disciplinary and administrative matters. She has presented continuing education to health care professionals and legal organizations on a variety of medical-legal issues.

La'Cee Conley

La’Cee Conley is an intellectual property attorney at Zarley Law Firm. La’Cee earned bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and in chemistry from Drake. She earned her J.D. and her LLM from Drake Law in International Intellectual Property with certifications in International Law & Comparative Human Rights Law, and in International Intellectual Property. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, trademark, copyright, licensing, and business development. Her technical fields include chemical arts with emphasis in physical chemistry, biotechnology, oil and gas technologies, agricultural implements, pharma, mechanical arts, neurobiology, and neurochemistry.

La’Cee mentors for the Iowa State University Startup Factory and the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. She is a board member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Waukee. She enjoys volunteering as a judge for a variety of mock trial and moot court competitions.

Philip De Koster

Philip De Koster is an attorney at De Koster & De Koster in Hull, Iowa, where his practice includes estate planning, probate, litigation, and ART law. He graduated from Drake Law School, Order of the Coif, where he competed on the ABA and National Moot Court teams. He was awarded the Jeffery and Elizabeth Goodman Distinguished Advocate Award for excellence and proficiency in client representation and advocacy as well as the Iowa State Bar Association Graduating Senior Award.

Before attending Drake, De Koster graduated with distinction and honors from Iowa State University with a major in Sociology and minors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Music. He has also proudly endowed an award in honor of Dr. K.M. Waggoner to recognize Drake Law School students who work to be a mentor to their peers. De Koster is also the Oral Advocacy Program director at Drake Law School.

Rebecca Duffy

Rebecca (Becky) Duffy is an attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree in international business and Spanish from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and graduated from Drake Law School in 2011, where she was an Opperman Scholar and member of the law review editorial board. After law school, she spent one year clerking for Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel on the Iowa Court of Appeals.  Becky currently serves on the Board of Counselors for the law school and the Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Board.

Steve Foritano

Steve Foritano recently retired as the Bureau Chief of the General Trial Bureau of the Polk County Attorney's Office, a position he held since 1991. The position included management of the General Trial Bureau and an active case load involving the investigation and prosecution of major offenses.

Foritano was also a special assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa where he worked primarily on firearms cases involving Project Safe Neighborhoods. Previously, he served as an assistant Iowa attorney general (1982-1986, 1988-1991). He is a recipient of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Integrity Award and the Iowa County Attorney Association Award of Merit. Foritano teaches trial advocacy at Drake Law School and coaches the National Mock Trial team.

J. Barton Goplerud

Bart Goplerud is a 1990 graduate of Drake Law School, where he was active in the Drake Law Review and Moot Court. He has a law practice as a litigator and mediator for Hudson, Mallaney, Shindler & Anderson in Des Moines.

Stuart Higgins

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, Stuart Higgins graduated from Drake Law School in 2011. Following law school, Stuart founded the Higgins Law Firm, PLLC in 2011. In his private practice he primarily handles employment law, personal injury and medical negligence cases, representing plaintiffs. He also handles criminal defense cases.

Stuart is admitted to practice in Iowa, the Northern District of Iowa and the Southern District of Iowa. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa Association for Justice since 2015. He also serves on the legal grievance committee of the Des Moines branch of the NAACP.

Denise Hill

Biography coming soon.

Pat Houlihan

Biography coming soon.

Tony James

Tony James received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas and his law degree from Drake University in December of 2008. He served as an associate attorney for Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave for four years, and has nine years experience in the financial services sector, the majority of it being in compliance and risk management. He currently supports a policy governance program in the home mortgage industry. 

Tony remains a licensed attorney, and is also active in public government, serving currently as the mayor of Granger, Iowa.

Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson is an attorney at Nyemaster Goode where he represents clients in the areas of intellectual property, commercial and business disputes, and employment. He has over forty years of experience in representing business in operational, management, employment, and intellectual property matters, including involvement with international counsel. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado, and his law degree from University of Iowa. He is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Allison Kerndt

Allison Kerndt is a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C., in the firm’s Des Moines office. Her practice involves advising clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations on issues related to the management of their intellectual property portfolios. Kerndt is a registered patent attorney and has significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Kerndt graduated from the University of Iowa College of Engineering, and the University of Iowa College of Law.

Kristy Latta

Kristy Latta is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of the law firm’s education law practice area and primarily works with public school district clients. Latta graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2002 and earned her JD with high honors from Drake Law School in 2005 (Order of the Coif). While in law school, she participated in law review and served as a teacher’s assistant for the legal research and writing program.

Latta is a frequent speaker at school law seminars and has been an instructor at Iowa State University's Iowa School Business Management Academy and Viterbo University.

Christine Lebrón-Dykeman

Christine Lebrón-Dykeman is a partner at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, and is the chair of the firm’s Trademark Department. She has nearly 20 years of experience assisting clients in national and international trademark protection and intellectual property litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, law degree from the University of Iowa, and is licensed to practice in Iowa, Massachusetts and California. 

Prior to joining MVS, Christine worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster and a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Pratt in the Southern District of Iowa.

Justice Ed Mansfield

Justice Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1978 and his law degree from Yale in 1982.

After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, he practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona and then with the Belin Law Firm in Des Moines from 1996 until being appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009.

Thomas Newkirk

Thomas Newkirk graduated from Drake University in 1986 and from Drake Law School in 1989. Post graduation he clerked for Judge Richard Schlegel and Judge Rosemary Sackett on the Iowa Courts of appeals. From 1991 to the present, he has practice specifically in Employment and Discrimination law and currently is a partner in Newkirk Zwagerman.

Newkirk has tried a number of key employment cases resulting in several verdicts of well over a million dollars. Newkirk was one of the first in the United States to prove implicit racial bias in a reported case and Newkirk regularly conducts numerous trainings and works with social scientists to develop better ways to expose bias affecting persons of color and women.

Jeffrey Noble

Jeff Noble is a 1990 graduate of Drake University Law School. He is a Polk County assistant district attorney and a Drake mock trial team coach.

Robert Oberbillig

Oberbillig was in private law practice in Omaha from 1960-67 and has practiced in Des Moines since 2003. He has served as director of both the Black Hawk County Legal Aid Society and the Polk County Legal Aid Society as well as chair of the Nebraska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He is also co-founder of the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) and a founding member of the Nebraska affiliate of ACLU.

Oberbillig received the First Annual Achievement Award from the Office of Legal Services and the Dorsey Award by the American Bar Association. He serves as an adjunct professor at Drake Law School teaching civil procedure, criminal procedure, and consumer protection. He has also taught at the University of Iowa and Grand View College.

Steve Parrish

Steve Parrish is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. With more than 35 years of experience, including 17 years at Principal Financial, he focuses on financial, tax, and business law issues. He is an ongoing columnist for both and the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

Parrish received his BA from Saint Olaf College and his JD from the William Mitchell College of Law. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter, teaching at both Drake University and The American College.

Roxann Ryan

Dr. Ryan is Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa and has taught at Simpson College and Drake. She earned her law degree at the University of Iowa and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Debra Scorpiniti

Debra Scorpiniti is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. She is a 1993 honors graduate of the Drake Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Drake Law Review.

Judge Paul Scott

Judge Scott received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1984 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1987.

Prior to taking the bench in 2014, Scott was in private practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he is the current secretary treasurer of the Iowa Judges Association.

Ed Sease

Ed Sease is a partner in McKee, Voorhees & Sease and has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney, trademark attorney, intellectual property litigator, and professor. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Drake University in 1964 and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Drake Law School in 1967.

Before joining the law firm in 1973, Sease worked for seven years in the patent department of Proctor & Gamble. Due to his commitment to the practice of intellectual property law, he is an active member in many professional organizations including the American Chemical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity.

Amy Skogerson

Amy Skogerson practices as a collaborative attorney and mediator working primarily in the areas of family law and public utility. A graduate of Iowa State University and Creighton University School of Law, Amy was a partner at Jungmann & Skogerson, P.C., for several years prior to opening her current law firm, Skogerson Law, P.C., in Van Meter.

Kim Smith

Kimberly Rodgers Smith is an assistant state public defender with the Des Moines Adult Public Defender’s Office, where she has been since 2008. Her current practice is focused on representing indigent clients charged with felony level offenses. She is a proud graduate of Mount Mercy University (2000) and Drake University Law School (2003).

Kim Stamatelos

Kim Stamatelos is engaged in the solo practice of law and mediation in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her JD degree from Drake Law School in 1981 before serving as general counsel of Rodeway Inns International, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, and later was corporate counsel for Chili's (Restaurants), Inc.

Upon returning to Iowa, Stamatelos established U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Iowa, eventually expanding the company into five Midwestern states. She also held the office of cice president of training and business development for JAMS, Inc. in Irvine, Calif., a private mediation firm with more than 30 offices nationwide. She has taught mediation and negotiation courses at Drake Law School and Arizona State University Law School and has trained hundreds of judges, lawyers, and businesspeople to be mediators throughout the country.

Ed Tormey

Ed Tormey serves as General Counsel of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He has held this position since 2004. Prior to that, he was Legal Office Chief for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ed also practiced environmental law in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Ed currently serves on the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee of the American Bar Association.

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