James Albert Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law, Torts, Media Law, Litigation


JD – Notre Dame Law School, Order of the Coif
BFA – Drake University

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1981
Trial lawyer
President of the James Arthur Albert Foundation
Chairman of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

Selected Publications

  • The Liability of the Press for Trespass and Invasion of Privacy in Gathering the News—a Call for the Recognition of a Newsgathering Tort Privilege, 45 New York Law School Law Review 331 (2001-2002).
  • Jim Bakker: Miscarriage of Justice? (Open Court Publishing, 1998).
  • The Constitutionality of Requiring Telephone Companies to Protect Their Subscribers from Telemarketing Calls, 33 Santa Clara Law Review 51 (1993).
  • Pay Dirt: Divorces of the Rich and Famous (Branden Books Publishing, 1991).
  • The Broadcasters Legal Guide for Conducting Station Contests and Promotions (Bonus Books, 1985).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Appeared on the "Today Show," "A&E Biography," "Court TV," "The Charles Grodin Show," and in an HBO movie as himself.
  • Faculty Award of Excellence, Professional Fraternity Association (2006)
  • Outstanding Law Professor of the Nation, Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity (1989, 1999, 2002, and 2010)
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, University of South Dakota (1979)
  • Leland Stanford Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, Drake University Law School (1983, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
Law School Events
Law School News
July 20, 2018
Drake Law School has established a new Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation. Directed by Judge Mark Bennett, the institute will serve as a center for research and training on implicit bias, sentencing reform, and improving trial procedures.