David McCord Profile

Associate Dean of the Law School

Professor of Law

515-271-2069
david.mccord@drake.edu

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty

Education

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

  • What's messing with Texas death sentences?, 43 Texas Tech Law Review 601 (2011).
  • Death Penalty Cases (co-author) (3d ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010).
  • Should Commission of a Contemporaneous Arson, Burglary, Kidnapping, Rape, or Robbery Be Sufficient to Make a Murderer Eligible for a Death Sentence?—An Empirical and Normative Analysis, 49 Santa Clara Law Review 1-50 (2008).
  • Lightning Still Strikes: Evidence from the Popular Press that Death Sentencing Continues to Be Unconstitutionally Arbitrary More than Three Decades after Furman, 71 Brooklyn Law Review 797-927 (2005).
  • Imagining a Retributivist Alternative to Capital Punishment, 50 Florida Law Review 1 (1998).

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

Law School News
August 18, 2017
Drake Law School will honor former U.S. Congressman Neal Smith, LW'50, on Sept. 21. The event will feature selections from a videotaped interview in which Smith reveals details of his nearly four decades in public service.
×