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 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.