Neil Hamilton Profile

Director of the Agricultural Law Center

Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law, Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Agricultural Law, Land Use, Legislation, Food and the Law, Environmental Regulation of Agriculture, Wind Law


JD – University of Iowa, Order of the Coif
BS – Iowa State University (with honors and distinction)

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1983
Assistant Attorney General for the Iowa Department of Justice
Assistant professor at the University of Arkansas

Selected Publications

  • Keeping the Farm and Farmer in Food Policy and Law, 11 Journal of Food Law & Policy 9 (2015).
  • Farms, Food, and the Future: Legal Issues and Fifteen Years of the “New Agriculture”, 26 Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation 1 (2011).
  • America's New Agrarians: Policy Opportunities and Legal Innovations to Support New Farmers, 22 Fordham Environmental Law Review 523 (2011).
  • Farming an Uncertain Climate Future: What COP 15 Means for Agriculture, 2011 University of Illinois Law Review 341.
  • The Legal Guide to Direct Farm Marketing (Drake University Agricultural Law Center, 1999).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa National Heritage Foundation
  • Past president of the American Agricultural Law Association
  • Chair of the Iowa Food Policy Council (2000-2007)
  • Past chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools
  • Vice chair of the USDA Small Farms Advisory Committee (1997-2000)
Law School Events
June 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
July 12, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Law School News
May 23, 2018
Drake Law School placed third in the nationwide ABA Competitions Championship, which awarded team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions.