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John Edwards Profile

Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology

Director of the Drake Law Library

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Computers and the Law, Legal Research and Writing


JD – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
MALS – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Library and Informational Science
BA – Southeast Missouri State University

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1984
Acting director of the University of Oklahoma Law Library
Program director for legal research and librarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College
Legal Research and Writing instructor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law
Legal Research & Writing director at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Legal instructor at Columbia College

Selected Publications

  • Iowa Legal Research (co-author) (3d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2022).
  • Basic Legal Research Workbook (co-author) (Revised 5th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2020).
  • Iowa Legal Research Guide (William S. Hein & Co., 2003).
  • Emerging Solutions in Reference Services: Implications for Libraries in the New Millennium (Haworth Press, Inc., 2001).
  • Planning and Constructing Law School Building: Ten Basic Guidelines, 90 Law Library Journal 423 (1998).

Significant Accomplishments

  • American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame, 2021.
  • Outstanding Citizen of the Year for the City of Clive 2019
  • President of Mid-America Law Library Consortium (MALLCO)
  • Mayor (since 2022), Mayor Pro Tem (1998-2005, 2009-2011, 2013-2021), Member (1995-2021) of the Clive City Council
  • Chair of the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees
  • Gold medal winner and team captain of West's Law Library Decathlon
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