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Supreme Court Celebration

Justice Waterman photo at dinner

Join us for a celebration of Drake Law School's long-standing relationship with the Iowa Supreme Court.

Drake Law School's annual Supreme Court Celebration celebrates the history of academic excellence, leadership, and service at Drake Law and honors the Law School's symbiotic relationship with the Iowa Supreme Court. The 87th annual Supreme Court Celebration is April 3-6, 2024. 

2024 Schedule of Events 

Wednesday, April 3
  • Student Bar Association Lunch and Awards Ceremony
    Noon, Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons
Thursday, April 4
  • Student breakfast with the Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court
    8:30 a.m., Neal & Bea Smith Law Center
  • Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    9:30 a.m., Neal & Bea Smith Law Center Courtroom
  • Faculty lunch with Supreme Court Justices
    11:30 a.m., Neal & Bea Smith Law Center
  • Drake Journal of Agricultural Law Dinner and Awards Ceremony
    6 p.m., Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons 
Friday, April 5
  • Drake Law Review Dinner and Awards Ceremony
    6 p.m., Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons 
Saturday, April 6
  • Final round of the Supreme Court Celebration Competition
    10 a.m., Iowa Supreme Court, 1111 E. Court Avenue
  • Moot Court Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
    11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons 
  • Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony
    6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner, Olmsted Center, Parents Hall

Register for 2024 Supreme Court Week events here



2023 Awards and Recognition

Alumnus of the Year
Roland Peddicord, BN'61, LW'62
Joan McKown, LW'83

Recent Alumna of the Year
Richelle Mahaffey, LW'16

Distinguished Public Service Award
John Sarcone, LW'75

Learn more about the alumni award winners.

See lists of other award recipients:


View photos of 2023 Supreme Court Celebration events:

See also a list of past Supreme Court Celebration programs.

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