David McCord Profile

Associate Dean of the Law School

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty


JD – Harvard Law School, cum laude
BA – Illinois Wesleyan University, summa cum laude

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1984
Assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona
Wentworth & Lundin in Phoenix, Ariz.

Selected Publications

  • Lethal Rejection: An Empirical Analysis of the Astonishing Plunge in Death Sentences in the United States from their Post-Furman Peak, 81 Albany Law Review 1 (co-author) (2017-18).
  • The Proposed Capital Penalty Phase Rules of Evidence, 36 Cardozo Law Review 417-497 (co-author) (2014).
  • Lethal Connection: The “War on Drugs” and Death Sentencing, 15 Journal of Race, Gender & Justice 1 (2012) (invited symposium paper).
  • What's Messing with Texas Death Sentences?, 43 Texas Tech Law Review 601 (2011).
  • Death Penalty Cases (co-author) (3d ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Member of the American Law Institute
  • Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award, Drake University
  • Iowa Governor's Public Service Award

Additional Information

David McCord Curriculum Vitae

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Law School News
May 23, 2018
Drake Law School placed third in the nationwide ABA Competitions Championship, which awarded team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions.