Robert Rigg Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Clinical Education, Criminal Law, Forensic Sciences, Ethics


JD – Drake University Law School
BA – Drake University

Professional Experience

Polk County Public Defender's Office
Co-director of Volunteers in Probation

Selected Publications

  • Iowa Practice Series, Vol. 4: Criminal Law (2015-2016 ed., Thomson West, 2015).
  • The Postville Raid, a Postmortem, 12 Rutgers Journal of Race and Law 271 (2011).
  • The Not-So-Risky Business of High-End Escorts and the Internet in the 21st Century, 17 Richmond Journal of Law & Technology 1 (2010).
  • Teaching Gideon-The Development and Challenges of a Criminal Defense Program, 7 Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law 111 (2004).
  • The Constitution, Compensation and Competence: A Case Study, 27 American Journal of Criminal Law 1 (1999).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Founding member and president of the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Iowa Rules of Evidence
  • Member of the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee for the Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Member of the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • Quoted in NPR, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Newsday, USA Today, and The Des Moines Register
Law School Events
March 23, 2018
08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
March 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
March 23, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Law School News
March 23, 2018
Professor Ken Kersch of Boston College will present “The Development of Constitutional Conservatism” on March 29 as part of the Drake Constitutional Law Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series.