Thomas Bakke is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa. He represents the State’s prosecution interests in appeals from criminal convictions. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology and criminal justice from Iowa State University in 2011, and he graduated from Drake Law School with high honors in 2016. While at Drake, Thomas was a member of the Drake Law Review and the ABA Moot Court Team. Thomas has been a coach of Drake’s ABA Moot Court Team since 2019.
Romonda D. Belcher was appointed as a District Associate Judge on August 20, 2010. Born in Plymouth, North Carolina, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from Howard University in 1990, and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Drake University Law School in 1995. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as an Assistant Polk County Attorney for 15 years prosecuting juvenile, criminal and civil matters.
Jessie Benson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014 and graduated from Drake University Law School in 2018. She currently works for the Waukee, Iowa based insurance broker Holmes Murphy & Associates as a member of their in-house legal team and oversees their compliance department. She is a current member of the Polk County Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Association. While at Drake Law, she was a member of the ABA Negotiations Team. She has continued to serve as a coach for the ABA Negotiations Team since graduating in 2018.
Judge Blink received his undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communications from North Central College in Illinois in 1972 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1975. He has served as an assistant Polk County attorney, assistant Iowa attorney general, and special deputy United States attorney. He was also a partner in a Des Moines law firm before becoming a judge in 1995. Judge Blink has been a professor at Drake Law School since 1981. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Blink is an Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.
Tricia Rojo Bushnell is the Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, which works to free innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit. She is responsible for managing all aspects of MIP and serves as its lead attorney, representing clients in court and in clemency proceedings. Prior to joining MIP, she was an assistant clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, and an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. Tricia received her B.A. from Bucknell University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Angela Campbell is the co-founder of Dickey & Campbell Law Firm P.L.C. She graduated from Yale University with a double major in Anthropology and Political Science. Subsequently, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk to the Honorable C. Arlen Beam in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Campbell is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York. She is also licensed in the Southern District of Iowa, Northern District of Iowa, District of Nebraska, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Heather L. Campbell is a shareholder with Belin McCormick, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she practices health care and corporate law. She graduated from Grand View University in 1996 with a nursing degree and practiced as a registered nurse prior to attending law school. Heather graduated from Drake University Law School with Highest Honors and Order of the Coif in 2001.
Stacie Codr graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2002. She practiced with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, P.C. until joining the firm of Finley, Alt, Smith, Scharnberg, Craig, Hilmes & Gaffney, P.C. in 2007. Codr practices in the areas of health law and professional liability, representing health care professionals and entities in matters ranging from malpractice litigation to licensing, disciplinary, and administrative matters. She has presented continuing education to health care professionals and legal organizations on a variety of medical-legal issues.
Michael Dayton received his undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Iowa. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa School of Law in 2006. Michael is currently a partner at the Nyemaster Goode Law Firm in Des Moines, where he routinely assists clients with merger and acquisition transactions; general contracting matters; corporate formation and governance issues; commercial lending and secured transactions; regulatory matters; local counsel opinions; and other commercial transactions. Michael frequently writes and speaks on acquisitions, contracts, data security, entity formation and corporate governance.
Anagha Dixit received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine in 2011 and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 2016. After briefly working at a small, private firm practicing family and criminal law, she started her current position as an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa. Dixit represents the Iowa Department of Human Services in juvenile and dependent adult matters and employment litigation. She was a member of the ABA Moot Court Team and ABA Arbitration Team while at Drake. She has served as the ABA Arbitration coach since 2016.
Steve Foritano recently retired as the Bureau Chief of the General Trial Bureau of the Polk County Attorney's Office, a position he held since 1991. The position included management of the General Trial Bureau and an active case load involving the investigation and prosecution of major offenses. Foritano was also a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. Previously, he served as an assistant Iowa Attorney General. He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Integrity Award and the Iowa County Attorney Association Award of Merit. Foritano teaches trial advocacy at Drake Law School and coaches the National Mock Trial team.
Ronald Forsell received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa, and his law degree from Drake University in 2015. While at Drake, Ronald was a member of the ABA Arbitration Team, the National Mock Trial team, and was selected to the Order of the Barristers. Following graduation from Drake, he was hired as an Assistant Dallas County Attorney where he prosecutes all levels of criminal offenses. Ronald coaches the ABA Arbitration team, who finished runner-up at the National Championship in 2017 and won the National Championship in 2018.
Judge Arthur E. Gamble earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1975 and graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1978. He practiced law with the Des Moines firm of Gamble & Davis in the field of civil litigation. In 1983, the governor appointed Gamble to serve as Judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa. In 1995, the Iowa Supreme Court appointed Judge Gamble to serve as Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial District. He has extensive experience as a trial judge in civil, criminal, family law, juvenile and probate matters. Chief Judge Gamble retired from the district court in 2019 and currently serves as a Senior Judge with the Iowa Court of Appeals. Judge Gamble is a past president of the Iowa Judges Association and the C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court. He has received the Drake University Law School Distinguished Service Award for his contribution the Trial Practicum. He is also a judicial advisor to the New York University School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Michael Gilchrist is of counsel with McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. He graduated with high distinction from the University Of Iowa College Of Law in 1995, where he was a Managing Editor of the Iowa Law Review. He is a registered patent attorney. He is past president of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association and former chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Iowa State Bar Association. Mike coaches the Drake Law School Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.
Kay founded Kay Fairchild Godfredsen Law Office. Her legal career has spanned serving in the Office of General Counsel of a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company and a regulator for the State of Iowa. Prior to law school, Kay was in banking and insurance. Her practice serves a mix of mid-sized and small businesses in various stages here in Iowa, providing legal and regulatory advice as outside general counsel; she also helps families manage their legal risks. Kay earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School.
Bart Goplerud is a 1990 graduate of Drake Law School, where he was active in the Drake Law Review and Moot Court. He practices law as a litigator and mediator for Hudson, Mallaney, Shindler & Anderson in Des Moines.
Kevin Hathaway received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his law degree from Drake Law School. Since then, he has served as an Assistant Polk County Attorney, and currently prosecutes general felonies, sex crimes, and crimes against children. Hathaway participated on the mock trial team while at Drake, and was selected by the faculty to receive the outstanding student advocate award from the American Board of Trial Advocates. Hathaway now coaches Drake's TYLA mock trial teams.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, Stuart Higgins graduated from Drake Law School in 2011. He founded the Higgins Law Firm, PLLC, where he handles employment law, personal injury, medical negligence, and criminal defense cases. Higgins is admitted to practice in Iowa, the Northern District of Iowa, and the Southern District of Iowa. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa Association for Justice since 2015. He also serves on the legal grievance committee of the Des Moines branch of the NAACP.
Tony James received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., and his law degree from Drake University in 2008. He served as an associate attorney for Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, and has nearly a decade of experience in the financial services sector, the majority of which was in compliance and risk management. He currently supports a regulatory program in corporate compliance in the financial industry. James remains a licensed attorney and is active in public government, currently serving as the mayor of Granger, Iowa.
Allison Kerndt is a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C., in the firm’s Des Moines office. Her practice involves advising clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations on issues related to the management of their intellectual property portfolios. Kerndt is a registered patent attorney and has significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Kerndt graduated from the University of Iowa College of Engineering, and the University of Iowa College of Law.
Nicholas Krob is an intellectual property attorney at McKee, Voorhees & Sease. He is a member of the firm’s litigation, trademark, and licensing departments and assists clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters. Krob graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 and attended Drake University Law School as a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar, where he graduated with high honors in 2015. Prior to joining MVS, Krob worked as a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa.
Kristy Latta is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of the law firm’s education law practice area and primarily works with public school district clients. Latta graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2002 and earned her JD with high honors from Drake Law School in 2005 (Order of the Coif). While in law school, she participated in law review and served as a teacher’s assistant for the legal research and writing program. Latta is a frequent speaker at school law seminars and has been an instructor at Iowa State University's Iowa School Business Management Academy and Viterbo University.
Kathleen Law received her undergraduate degree in Business from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and her law degree from Drake Law School in 2005. She is a partner at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. in Des Moines, where she practices primarily in real estate. Her practice involves advising clients in the purchase and sale of real estate, subdivisions and platting, leasing, easements, agricultural real estate issues, wind farm development, and other real estate matters.
Christine Lebrón-Dykeman is a partner at McKee, Voorhees & Sease and is the chair of the firm’s Trademark Department. She has nearly 20 years of experience assisting clients in national and international trademark protection and intellectual property litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, law degree from the University of Iowa, and is licensed to practice in Iowa, Massachusetts, and California. Prior to joining MVS, Lebrón-Dykeman worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa.
Joe Leo is a member of the BrownWinick firm and practices mainly in the area of securities law and corporate transactions. Joe represents business clients in various aspects of their operations, including organization and planning, securities offerings and compliance, and equity and debt financing. Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Economics, and received his J.D., with high honors, from Drake Law School in 2006.
Sharon Malheiro is a senior shareholder at the Davis Brown Law Firm, and practices in the area of employment law, including employment discrimination litigation, EEO/AA, and corporate employment policies and practices. She also practices in the area of media and communications law. She was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court's Task Force on Gender and Racial Bias in the Judicial System.
Sharon is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a graduate of Drake University Law School.
Justice Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1978 and his law degree from Yale in 1982. After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, he practiced law in Phoenix, Ariz. He then worked for the Belin Law Firm in Des Moines from 1996 until being appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009.
Thomas Newkirk earned his bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1986 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1989. He then clerked for Judge Richard Schlegel and Judge Rosemary Sackett on the Iowa Courts of Appeals. Since 1991, he has practiced in employment and discrimination law and is currently a partner in Newkirk Zwagerman. Newkirk has tried key employment cases resulting in several verdicts of well over a million dollars. He was one of the first in the United States to prove implicit racial bias in a reported case, and he regularly conducts numerous trainings and works with social scientists to develop better ways to expose bias affecting persons of color and women.
Jeff Noble is a 1990 graduate of Drake Law School. He is currently a Polk County assistant district attorney and coaches Drake Law School's mock trial team.
Kayli Paul received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017 and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 2020. While in law school, Kayli served as a member of the editorial board for the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law and was a member of the ABA Negotiations Team for two years. Kayli is practicing as a civil litigation associate attorney at Peddicord Wharton law firm in West Des Moines. Kayli now serves as a coach for the ABA Negotiation Team.
Judge Reis served as an Iowa District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial from 1995 until she retired in 2012. She was a Senior Judge from 2012-2018. She graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976, and worked at the Department of Human Services until 1980. She also worked as the executive director of Iowa Civil Rights Commission for five years, acting executive director of clinical legal education and associate professor of law at Drake University for one year, and was in private practice for nine years.
Roxann Ryan is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa and has taught at Simpson College and Drake. She earned her law degree at the University of Iowa and PhD at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Debra Scorpiniti is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. She is a 1993 honors graduate of the Drake Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Drake Law Review.
Judge Scott received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1984 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1987. Prior to taking the bench in 2014, Scott was in private practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also the current secretary treasurer of the Iowa Judges Association.
Ed Sease is a partner in McKee, Voorhees & Sease and has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney, trademark attorney, intellectual property litigator, and professor. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Drake University in 1964 and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Drake Law School in 1967. Before joining the law firm in 1973, Sease worked for seven years in the patent department of Proctor & Gamble. Due to his commitment to the practice of intellectual property law, he is an active member in many professional organizations including the American Chemical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity.
Amy Skogerson practices as a collaborative attorney and mediator working primarily in the areas of family law and public utility. A graduate of Iowa State University and Creighton University School of Law, Skogerson was a partner at Jungmann & Skogerson, P.C., for several years prior to opening her current law firm, Skogerson Law, P.C., in Van Meter, Iowa.
Louis Sloven is an Assistant Attorney General at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office in the criminal appeals division. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Drake Law School, where he graduated with highest honors. Sloven specializes in briefing and arguing criminal cases on appeal before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Kimberly Rodgers Smith is an assistant state public defender with the Des Moines Adult Public Defender’s Office, a position she has held since 2008. Her current practice is focused on representing indigent clients charged with felony level offenses. She is a proud graduate of Mount Mercy University (2000) and Drake Law School (2003).
Jim Snyder is the Acting United States Trustee for Region 12 and Assistant United States Trustee for the Southern District of Iowa and District of South Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminology from California State University at Fresno in 1982 and graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1985. He has been with the United States Trustee Program for 33 years. In his current position is oversees the operations of the United States Trustee Program’s offices covering the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and North & South Dakota. He also personally handles all legal matters on behalf of the Program in South Dakota.
Kim Stamatelos is engaged in the solo practice of law and mediation in West Des Moines, Iowa. AFter earning her JD degree from Drake Law School in 1981, she served as general counsel of Rodeway Inns International, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, and later was corporate counsel for Chili's (Restaurants), Inc. Stamatelos later established U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Iowa, eventually expanding the company into five Midwestern states. She was also vice president of training and business development for JAMS, Inc. in Irvine, Calif. She has taught at Drake Law School and Arizona State University Law School and has trained hundreds of judges, lawyers, and business people to be mediators throughout the country.
Ed Tormey serves as General Counsel of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2004. Previously, he was Legal Office Chief for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Tormey also practiced environmental law in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate, graduate, and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Tormey currently serves on the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee of the American Bar Association.
Conner Wasson is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in 2010 and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Drake Law School in 2014. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Drake Law Review and as a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing program.