Gordon Allen is graduate of Drake (1969); U of I Law (1972) Order of Coif; Legal Director of ICLU 1972-1982; Deputy Attorney General monitoring or supervising all civil litigation (1982-2005); Adjunct Professor Drake Law 2005-2013 preparing and teaching 14 different courses; clinician in residence 2012-2013 supervising clinical instruction for 4 different clinics. Presented over 40 Iowa Supreme Court arguments, 25 8th Circuit, and 2 US Supreme Court.
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 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 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 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 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.
Matthew Eslick is a trial attorney with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a JD, with highest honors, from Drake University, which he earned in 2005. In 2002, he earned a BA in English and Law Politics and Society and a BS in Mathematics both from Drake University. Matthew has co-coached a trial advocacy team at the Drake Law School 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Robert Thole is a 2012 Drake Law School alumni. While attending Drake Law School, he was a two-year member of the National Environmental Moot Court Team and served as the Associate Editor on the Drake Law Review. Robert coaches the Drake Law School National Environmental Moot Court Team and is a trial lawyer at Bradshaw Fowler Proctor & Fairgrave in Des Moines, Iowa.
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.
Kurt Van Thomme serves as in-house counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, managing legal issues for Pioneer sales in North America and its Granular digital agriculture business. He previously worked as licensing counsel for Pioneer, drafting and negotiating complex intellectual property license agreements. Before joining Pioneer, he was in private practice at McKee, Voorhees, & Sease in Des Moines, practicing intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and intellectual property licensing. Kurt is a patent attorney who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Drake University and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Drake University Law School.
Jessica is a Special Assistant Attorney General and the Director of the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. She became Director in July 2015, after having served 11 years in the office as an Assistant Attorney General in the Division, with the bulk of her focus being consumer credit issues. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she was a litigation attorney with the Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm in Minneapolis. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and of Grinnell College.