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Celebrating 40 years!

Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, 2022

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of your graduation from Drake Law School. Reconnect with classmates who have had diverse life experiences and careers, but who all have one thing in common: a Drake Law education. 

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, April 29

Wine and cheese reception, 5 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons
Sponsored by Drake University Law School

Optional tour, 5:30 p.m.
Current Drake Law students will be on hand to provide a tour of Cartwright Hall, Opperman Hall, and the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center

BBQ Dinner, 6 p.m.
Drake University, Ray Promenade
(Rain location: Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons)
Sponsored by Class of 1981 Reunion Committee: Amy Christensen, John Gelson, Nan Horvat, Marilyn Mueller, Michael Staab, and Mark Tripp

Saturday, April 30

Continental Breakfast, 9 a.m.
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center Atrium

Program Welcome, 10 a.m.
   Class welcome – John Gelson, LW’81
   Greeting - Suzie Pritchett, Director of Clinics & Experiential Education and
   Professor of Law, Drake University Law School
   Dean’s welcome and Law School update - Jerry Anderson, Dean, Drake
   Law School
   Student remarks – Riley Noble, 2021-22 Student Bar Association President

In Memoriam, 10:30 a.m.
A tribute to classmates who are not here today but who are forever in our hearts. 

   Gene Beach                                    Burton Leiser
   Terry Cardamon                              Greg Lunde
   Paul DeFord                                    Mary Jo Martrano
   Todd Elverson                                 Buncie Murphy
   Kirk Foley                                         Linn Plous
   Richard Harmon                              Wayne Saubert
   John Heath                                      Jayne Schambow
   Kirk Helvie                                        Helen Stirling
   Martin Begleiter (Faculty)                T.J. McDonough (Faculty)

Continuing Legal Education program, 11 a.m.
"Policing, Racial Profiling and Protests:
 The Quest for Unbiased Policing and the Protection of Civil Rights"
Presented by Professors Emeriti Russell Lovell and David Walker
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center Courtroom

Lunch, Noon
Sponsored by John Gelson, Jersey Mike’s Subs

Reception and dinner, 6 p.m.
Wakonda Club
3915 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Remarks: Amy Christensen and Michael Staab


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