Melissa Weresh Profile

Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Environmental Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility


JD – University of Iowa College of Law, Order of Coif, Law Review
BA – Wake Forest University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1997
Associate at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs

Selected Publications

  • Iowa Legal Research (co-author) (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2016).
  • Stars upon Thars: Evaluating the Discriminatory Impact of ABA Standard 405(c) “Tenure-Like” Security of Position, 34 Law & Inequality 137 (2016).
  • Legal Research Supplement: Exercises on Lexis Advance (co-author) (4th eBook ed., Lexis/Nexis, 2015).
  • What the Best Law Teachers Do, 12 Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD 293 (2015).
  • Rectifying Renda: Amending the Iowa Administrative Procedure Act to Remove the Legal Fiction of Legislative Delegation of Interpretive Authority, 63 Drake Law Review 591 (2015) (with Aaron Ahrendsen).

Significant Accomplishments

  • President of the Legal Writing Institute
  • Member of the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board
  • Editorial Board Member of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD
  • University of Iowa College of Law Alumni Service Award (2010)
  • Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods

Additional Information

Melissa Weresh Curriculum Vitae

Law School News
December 11, 2017
The Iowa Taxpayers Association announced Dillon Malone, a third-year student at Drake Law School, as the recipient of the 2017 Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship.