John Edwards Profile

Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology

Director of the Law Library

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Computers and the Law, Legal Research and Writing


JD – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
MALS – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Library and Informational Science
BA – Southeast Missouri State University

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1984
Acting director of the University of Oklahoma Law Library
Program director for legal research and librarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College
Legal Research and Writing instructor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law
Legal Research & Writing director at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Legal instructor at Columbia College

Selected Publications

  • Iowa Legal Research (co-author) (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2016).
  • Basic Legal Research Workbook (co-author) (5th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2016).
  • Emerging Solutions in Reference Services: Implications for Libraries in the New Millennium (Haworth Press, Inc., 2001).
  • Planning and Constructing Law School Building: Ten Basic Guidelines, 90 Law Library Journal 423 (1998).
  • Teaching Legal Research: Evaluating Options, in Expert Views on Improving the Quality of Legal Research Education in the United States, (West, 1991).

Significant Accomplishments

  • President of Mid-America Law Library Consortium (MALLCO)
  • Member (since 1995) and Mayor Pro Tem (1998-2005, 2009-2011, 2013-present) of the Clive City Council
  • Chair of the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees
  • Gold medal winner and team captain of West's Law Library Decathlon
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.