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Continuing Legal Education (CLE)


Drake Law School offers numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs throughout the year.

Drake Law School's CLE programs cover many areas of law and are designed to meet attorneys' educational and professional needs.

For questions regarding CLE programming, contact CLE Coordinator Amy Cutler at or 515-271-3361. The Constitutional Law Center also has CLE programming; visit the center's events webpage for more information.

Drake Law School has also partnered with the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center Institute in Guardianship and Conservatorship at the University of Iowa's College of Law on adult and minor guardianship CLEs. The Institute has put materials and resources regarding House File 591 and House File 610, including the Supreme Court forms on their website. Please visit here for more information.

Upcoming Events

Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made

Session 1: Wednesday, July 14, Noon-1:30 p.m
"Rough Justice" featuring Judge Russell F. Canan

Faced with the real possibility that a defendant will be found guilty by a jury, Judge Canan struggles with how to navigate a harsh mandatory sentence, unjust under the facts.

"Building Justice in Kosovo" featuring Judge Edward Wilson
Assigned as an international judge by the United Nations, Judge Wilson will talk about his experience presiding over criminal cases in a country that had not fully embraced the rule of law.

 Session 2: Wednesday, July 21 Noon-1:30 p.m.
"Every Case is a Tough Case for a New Judge" featuring
Judge Michelle M. Ahnn

Judge Ahnn will speak about the transition from being a public defender advocating for her clients, to presiding over a criminal misdemeanor case.

"Brave Jenny" featuring Judge Gregory E. Mize
Judge Mize discusses his handling of an emotionally charged case of child neglect.

*Purchasing the book Tough Cases is not required.  However, the dialogues with our guest authors will be enhanced if attendees have read their stories. You can obtain a copy of the book through Amazon and other book sellers.


Tough Cases Program

Family Law Webinar series - Co-sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association

Incarcerated Parents Matter - Engaging Fathers and their Families
August 3
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


More lunch time webinars in this series coming soon.








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