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Danielle Shelton Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Law, Commercial Litigation


JD – Harvard Law School, magna cum laude
BA – Augustana College, summa cum laude

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 2003
Law Clerk for the Hon. Edward Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Partner and Of Counsel for Belin McCormick, P.C.
Of Counsel for the Weinhardt Law Firm, P.C.

Selected Publications

  • Accommodating Victims with Mental Disabilities, 127 Dickinson L. Rev. 163 (2022).
  • Discovery of Expert Witnesses: Amending Rule 26(b)(4)(E) to Limit Expert Fee Shifting and Reduce Litigation Abuses, 49 Seton Hall L. Rev. 475 (2019).

  • Iowa's Animal Torture Law Following State v. Meerkink: A Call for Clarity and Enforcement, 62 Drake Law Rev. 743 (2014).

  • Rewriting Rule 68: Realizing the Benefits of the Federal Settlement Rule by Injecting Certainty Into Offers of Judgment, 91 Minnesota Law Rev. 865 (2007).

  • When Private Goes Public: Legal Protection for Women Who Breastfeed in Public and at Work, 14 Law & Inequality Journal 179 (1995).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Bar Admissions: Iowa (1995), Illinois (1995), Southern District and Northern District of Iowa (1996), Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1996), U.S. Supreme Court (2008)

  • Speaking at regional and national legal writing conferences, including the Legal Writing Institute National Conference; ALWD National Conference; Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Institute Conference; Central State Legal Writing Institute Conference, and Regional One-Day Workshops.

  • Co-authored First-Year Legal Writing Textbook (with K. Wallace and M. Weresh), Legal Analysis and Writing:  An Active-Learning Approach (Wolters Kluwer, 2020). 

  • Member of Iowa Supreme Court Task Force for Civil Justice Reform, Subcommittee on Specialty Courts and Rules (established pilot project for Iowa’s Business Specialty Court).

  • Temporary Examiner for the Iowa Bar Examination

  • Mock trial coach for middle school and high school

  • Member, Iowa Supreme Court's Continuing Legal Education Commission

Additional Information

Danielle Shelton Curriculum Vitae

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