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Judge Robert J. Blink

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.

Richard Calkins

Richard Calkins graduated from Northwestern University Law School after completing his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth. He served as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court for two years, then practiced law in Chicago. In 1980, he was named dean of Drake Law School, serving in that position until 1988. Since then, Calkins has served as an adjunct professor while practicing law and specializing in arbitration and mediation. He has been president of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, American Mock Trial Association, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and the Blackstone Inn of Court.

Angela Campbell

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.

Brandon Clark

Brandon Clark is chair of the Copyright, Entertainment, and Media Law Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease. His practice focuses on a wide array of issues including copyrights, entertainment law, trademarks, licensing, contracts, multimedia law, sponsorship and endorsements, and right of privacy/publicity issues. Prior to joining MVS in 2015, Clark was in private practice and worked at record labels and music publishing companies. A 2010 graduate of Drake Law School, he is a frequent panelist and guest speaker on copyright related issues.

Stacie Codr

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.

La'Cee Conley

La’Cee Conley is an intellectual property attorney at Zarley Law Firm. She earned bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and chemistry, a JD with certifications in International Law & Comparative Human Rights Law and International Intellectual Property, and an LLM in International Intellectual Property from Drake. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, trademark, copyright, licensing, and business development. Conley mentors for the Iowa State University Startup Factory and the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. She is a board member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Waukee and enjoys volunteering as a judge for a variety of mock trial and moot court competitions.

Steve Foritano

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.

J. Barton Goplerud

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.

Stuart Higgins

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

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 policy governance program in the home mortgage industry. James remains a licensed attorney and is active in public government, currently serving as the mayor of Granger, Iowa.

Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson is an attorney at Nyemaster Goode, P.C., where he represents clients in the areas of intellectual property, commercial and business disputes, and employment. He has over 40 years of experience representing businesses in operational, management, employment, and intellectual property matters, including involvement with international counsel. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and his law degree from the University of Iowa. Johnson is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Allison Kerndt

Allison Kerndt is a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. 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 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kerndt graduated from the University of Iowa College of Engineering and the University of Iowa College of Law.

Kristy Latta

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.

Christine Lebrón-Dykeman

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.

Justice Ed Mansfield

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

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.

Jeffrey Noble

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.

Steve Parrish

Steve Parrish is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. With more than 35 years of experience, including 17 years at Principal Financial, he focuses on financial, tax, and business law issues. He is an ongoing columnist for both Forbes.com and the Journal of Financial Service Professionals. Parrish received his BA from Saint Olaf College and his JD from the William Mitchell College of Law. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter, teaching at both Drake University and The American College.

Roxann Ryan

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

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 Paul Scott

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

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

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

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.

Kim Smith

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).

Kim Stamatelos

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

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.

 
Law School News
October 18, 2018
Drake Law School received an A+ ranking for family law by preLaw magazine, placing Drake among the top three law schools in the nation for this field.