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Melissa Weresh Profile

Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law 


Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Environmental Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility


JD – University of Iowa College of Law, Order of Coif, Law Review
BA – Wake Forest University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1997
Associate at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs

Selected Publications

  • Iowa Legal Research (co-author) (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2016).
  • Stars upon Thars: Evaluating the Discriminatory Impact of ABA Standard 405(c) “Tenure-Like” Security of Position, 34 Law & Inequality 137 (2016).
  • Legal Research Supplement: Exercises on Lexis Advance (co-author) (4th eBook ed., Lexis/Nexis, 2015).
  • What the Best Law Teachers Do, 12 Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD 293 (2015).
  • Rectifying Renda: Amending the Iowa Administrative Procedure Act to Remove the Legal Fiction of Legislative Delegation of Interpretive Authority, 63 Drake Law Review 591 (2015) (with Aaron Ahrendsen).

Significant Accomplishments

  • 2017 Recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing
  • University of Iowa College of Law Alumni Service Award (2010)
  • Editorial Board Member of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD
  • Previous President of the Legal Writing Institute
  • Past member of the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board
  • Prior Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods


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