Alumni Spotlights

Drake Law alumni span the United States and abroad, using their law degrees in every facet of the legal profession.

When you join Drake Law School, you’ll become part of this network and benefit from the experience, reach, and camaraderie of alumni around the world.

Read about how some alumni are using their Drake Law degrees.

Nicole Rommero, Class of 2013
Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
Los Angeles, Calif.

Nicole Rommero is an attorney at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, the oldest and one of the largest public defender’s offices in the United States. She handles misdemeanor offenses ranging from domestic violence and prostitution to battery, assault with a deadly weapon, and DUI cases.


Latrice Lacey, Class of 2013
Executive Director, Davenport Civil Rights Commission
Des Moines, Iowa

Only a few years out of law school, Latrice Lacey fights for civil rights in her community as executive director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, which works to investigate discrimination complaints and provide civil rights education.


Nathan MacPherson, Class of 2006
Attorney, The MacPherson Group, P.C.
Anchorage, Ala.

Nathan MacPherson is proof that a degree from Drake Law School can take you anywhere. He heads the Anchorage, Ala., office of The MacPherson Group, P.C., he is licensed in California and is a solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales, and he represents clients all over the world.


Kristina Stanger, Class of 2005
Attorney, Nyemaster Goode, P.C. and Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army
Des Moines, Iowa

In 2003, Kristina Stanger was sitting in Professor Matthew Doré’s class when she got a phone call—she was being deployed to Iraq. Stanger returned to finish law school; today, she continues to serve while practicing law and raising a family.


Eleasalo "Salo" Va’alele Ale, Class of 1994
Attorney General, American Samoa

When Eleasalo "Salo" Va’alele Ale left American Samoa to attend college, he hoped to someday return to the islands to serve his community. His wish would come true. Salo's journey led from Drake Law School to Hawaii to Minnesota before coming home to serve as Attorney General of American Samoa.


Phillip Maroc, Class of 1992
Senior Legal Counsel, Adobe Systems, Inc.
San Jose, Calif.

Phillip Maroc found his calling working for Silicon Valley technology companies. He is now senior legal counsel at Adobe Systems Inc., a multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, Calif., that has created well-known products such as Photoshop and Acrobat.


John Michelich, Class of 1977
Senior Litigation Counsel in the Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

From cocaine smuggling in Puerto Rico, to crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War, to high-profile bank embezzling and health care fraud, John Michelich has prosecuted all types of cases during his long career in the U.S. Department of Justice.


Joe Crookham, Class of 1968
Co-founder and CEO, Musco Lighting
Oskaloosa, Iowa

The Olympics. Super Bowls. The Statue of Liberty. National Parks. Hollywood movie sets. These are among the many projects around the world lit by Musco Lighting, an Oskaloosa, Iowa-based company co-founded by Joe Crookham.


Law School News
August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.