Anderson named dean of Drake University Law School
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Jerry Anderson, the Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, has been named dean of Drake University Law School, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Ben Ullem, who is currently serving a two-year term as dean of the law school.


"I am honored to be selected to lead the law school during an important time in its history,” said Anderson, who has served on the Drake University Law School faculty since 1991. "We are in the midst of a transformative period in legal education, and Drake is well-positioned to creatively adapt to the changing needs of students and the profession.”

"Dean Ullem has done excellent work to lay a foundation for several important initiatives that I plan to carry forward," Anderson said. "I thank him for his incredible service to the law school, both as an alumnus and as dean.”


In recent years, Drake University Law School has introduced new and revamped program offerings designed to serve modern employment needs, including a master’s program designed for non-lawyers who need some knowledge of the law in order to enhance their professional careers. The law school also revamped its master of jurisprudence and juris doctor programs, so students can now take courses part-time, making it more convenient for working professionals.


Anderson hopes to enhance the 150-year-old Drake University Law School's visibility and profile on the national scale—and also locally, where the law school serves the Greater Des Moines community, including through pro bono work performed by the Drake University Legal Clinic.


Anderson earned his B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Kansas and his J.D. at Stanford Law School. Before joining Drake University Law School in 1991, he taught at the Catholic University of America Columbus Law School and University of Oklahoma Law School.


While at Drake University Law School, Anderson has twice been selected as the Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year, and he served as associate dean from 1996 to 2001. His areas of expertise include administrative law, environmental law, natural resources law and property law.


More information about Anderson is available at this link.