Maura Strassberg Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Contracts, Ethics, Sexuality Law, Sales


JD – Columbia University, Columbia Law Review
MA – Boston University
BA – Swarthmore College (high honors), Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1991
Visiting professor at Nanjing University, China
Fordham & Starrett in Boston, MA
Charnetski, Olsen, Lacina & Pendleton in Grinnell, IA
Clerk for The Hon. Hugh H. Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Selected Publications

  • Scrutinizing Polygamy: Utah’s Brown v. Buhman and British Columbia’s Reference Re: Section 293, 64 Emory Law Journal 1815 (2015).
  • An Ethical Rabbit Hole: Model Rule 4.4, Intentional Interference with Former Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements and the Threat of Disqualification, Part I, 89 Nebraska Law Review 923 (2011); Part II, 90 Nebraska Law Review 141 (2011).
  • Foreword to Same-Sex Marriage Symposium, 58 Drake Law Review 101 (2010).
  • Privilege Can Be Abused: Exploring the Ethical Obligation to Avoid Frivolous Claims of Attorney-Client Privilege, 37 Seton Hall L. Rev. 413 (2007).
  • The Crime of Polygamy, 12 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 353 (2003).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Presenter: Why the US Should Not Decriminalize Polygamy, But Should Not Criminalize Polyamory (Conference On Polygamy, Polygyny, and Polyamory, Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Waltham, MA, Nov. 8, 2010).
  • Presenter: Feminist and Hegelian Perspectives on the Legal Status of Polygamy, Polyamory and Same-Sex Marriage (Drake Center for the Humanities Colloquium Series, Des Moines, IA, March 26, 2010).
  • Presenter: Strange Bedfellows Indeed: Same-sex Marriage, Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy, and the Oneida Community (Annual Conference for the Association for the Law, Culture and Humanities, Berkeley, CA, March 29, 2008).
  • Member of the Same-Sex Marriage, Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Bar Association
  • Board Member of the Iowa Pride Network and the Galaxy Youth Center
Law School Events
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March 22, 2018
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March 23, 2018
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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.