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
March 22, 2018
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
March 22, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
March 23, 2018
08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Law School News
March 12, 2018
Drake Law School is pleased to announce alumni award winners. Karen Shaff, LW’79, was named the 2018 Alumna of the Year; Kristina Stanger, LW’05, was named the 2018 Recent Alumna of the Year; and Robert Oberbillig, LA'56, LW'58, received the Distinguished Public Service Award.