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Russell Lovell II Profile

Professor Emeritus of Law

Areas of Expertise

Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Remedies, First-Year Trial Practicum, Constitutional Litigation


B.B.A. – University of Notre Dame, cum laude
JD – University of Nebraska with distinction, Order of the Coif; Research Editor, Nebraska Law Review
LL.M.University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professional Experience

Drake Law Professor, 1976-2014
Associate Dean, Drake Law School, 2004-2010 and 1987-1991
Director, Clinical Programs, Drake Law School, 1995-1999
Director, First-Year Trial Practicum, Drake Law School, 1998-2011
Director of Litigation, Indiana Center on Law & Poverty
Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Indianapolis
Law Clerk, Hon. Floyd Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.
Director, Public Service Scholarship Program, 1995-2014

Selected Publications

  • Due Process in Solitary Confinement: It's Time to Overrule Sandin and Revise Wilkinson, 101 Neb. L. Rev. 487 (2023).
  • In Celebration of Morrissey v. Brewer at Fifty: A Surprising University of Nebraska College of Law Back Story to the Prisoners' Rights Due Process Landmark, 100 Neb. L. Rev. 905 (2022).
  • Introduction: Celebrating the Drake Legal Clinic at 50! Drake Law Experiential Education at 157! 157-50! A Proud Tradition Since 1865, 70 Drake L. Rev. 1 (2022).
  • The Hijacking: The Remnants of Morrissey-Wolff Due Process in Solitary Confinement After Sandin v. Conner, 101 Neb. L. Rev. 227 (2022).
  • A Fair and Impartial Trial Free From Racial Discrimination Will Require An Across-The-Board Approach: Systemic Reforms Still Needed in Light of the "Other" Racial Justice Jury Trial Rulings in State v. Veal & State v. Williams, Drake Discourse Online Journal (2021).
  • Achieving Fair Cross-Sections on Iowa Juries in the Post-Plain World: The Lilly-Veal-Williams Trilogy, 68 Drake L. Rev. 99 (2020).
  • Shine On, You Bright Radical Star: Clark v. Board of School Directors (Of Muscatine)--The Iowa Supreme Court's Civil Rights Exceptionalism, 67 Drake L. Rev. 175 (2019).
  • Trial Practicum Integral to First-year Law School Curriculum, 90 Judicature 114 (Nov.-Dec. 2003).
  • Court Awarded Attorney's Fees: Examining Issues of Delay, Payment, and Risk (ABA 1999).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers Award, American Bar Association, 2023
  • Rev. Louis Putz Award (for social justice advocacy), University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, 2023
  • Elected, American Bar Foundation Fellow, 2022
  • The Journey Civil Rights Award, Iowa Chapter of the National Bar Association, 2020
  • Louise Noun Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Award, ACLU of Iowa, 2019
  • President's Award, Des Moines NAACP, 1988, 1999, 2004, 2008; Iowa-Neb. NAACP, 2019
  • Professor Russell Lovell Public Service Scholarship at Drake Law School, endowed by Public Service Scholars Lovell mentored over 20 years, 2014
  • Outstanding Professor in Experiential Education, Drake University, 2014
  • Citizen of the Year, Iowa Juneteenth Observance, 2013
  • Excellence in Service Award, Iowa Legal Aid, 2008
  • NAACP Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, National NAACP Convention, 2005
  • NAACP Trailblazer Award, 50th anniversary, Brown v. Board of Ed., Topeka, Kansas, 2003
  • Madelyn Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award, Drake University, 1998
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