University Heights, IA, United States
University Heights, IA, United States

Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in business, law and pharmacy. Drake is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the country. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 25, 2017

Des Moines, IA, May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C. is proud to announce the hiring of two new attorneys, John Podmeyer and Benjamin Lynch. Podmeyer received his law degree from Drake University Law School, and served clerkships at previous law firms, along with the Drake Legal Clinic before joining Hupy and Abraham as a law clerk in 2015. Podmeyer received a number of awards while in school, including the Cali Award, which is equal to the American Jurisprudence Award. Before joining Hupy and Abraham, Lynch served as an associate attorney at a general practice firm in the Des Moines metro area. Lynch graduated from Drake University Law School with honors and received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in criminology and philosophy. Both Podmeyer and Lynch are members of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Association for Justice. In the past several months, the firm’s offices have seen significant growth. “This is a great time to be a part of Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C.,” Managing Partner Attorney Jason Abraham states.  “Our impeccable service and exceptional results have led to significant growth. The addition of these attorneys allows us to continue to exceed and collect every dollar our clients deserve.” Founded in 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C. has a proven record of success with large settlements in serious cases, collecting over a billion dollars for more than 70,000 satisfied clients.  The firm has a long-established reputation of providing sound legal representation to accident victims, securing fair compensation for its clients and giving back to the community. With 11 offices located in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, the law firm handles personal injury cases including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, pharmaceutical and medical device class actions and nursing home neglect and abuse cases. The firm’s 26 experienced attorneys are committed to going above and beyond the call of duty for their clients by tirelessly representing them to the best of their ability while being involved in the local community — from raising funds for local charities to participating in safety and accident prevention initiatives.  In the past three years, the firm has donated more than $500,000 to more than 250 worthwhile causes. Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C. has received top ratings from a number of national professional organizations for many years and was voted Best Personal Injury Lawyers in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and voted Best Personal Injury Law Firm in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 in another popular poll, and named Best Law Firm in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Choice Award in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the firm was named a Webby Award Honoree in the Best Law Website Category and was honored at the Legal Marketing Association’s “Your Honor Awards” for Best Website: Reboot. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

News Article | May 23, 2017

Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is proud to announce that Attorney Michael S. Siddall has been appointed as a Director of the Wisconsin Association of Justice (WAJ) and a Regional Director and Member of the Executive Committee. Siddall has served as a member of WAJ since 1995 and proudly accepts the significant responsibilities that come with these roles. The Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers (known today as the Wisconsin Association for Justice) was founded in 1946 shortly after WWII with the objective of preserving access to Wisconsin’s civil justice system for all citizens while advancing the education of its members to the trial bar field. The organization’s mission today is to promote a fair justice system for all people, educate attorneys in the art of advocacy, and aid local communities while demonstrating the highest level of integrity. WAJ is Wisconsin’s largest voluntary bar organization. Appleton personal injury attorney Michael S. Siddall received his B.A. in Sociology (with Honors) from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court, and is admitted to practice before the Menominee Tribal Court. He is actively involved in his community and offers pro bono work to organizations and individuals in need, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the ABATE Motorcycle Safety Group. Siddall focuses his practice entirely on personal injury matters such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, products liability, and dog bites. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and a Civil Pre-Trial Advocacy Specialist. Siddall is regularly ranked as one of the Top 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin, listed as a top products liability and personal injury lawyers in the Fox Cities, and has the highest available rating nationally for legal ability and ethics used internationally. Among his notable accomplishments, Michael S. Siddall has been regularly ranked as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer, honored as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, and earned an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been with Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. since 1974. Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. congratulates Attorney Michael S. Siddall on his achievements and looks forward to many more years of Siddall’s exceptional legal service and his ongoing commitment to justice. Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. has served northeastern Wisconsin in family law, personal injury cases, business law, and estate planning matters for the past 50 years. The firm prides itself on a legacy of success in the courtroom, recognition with their community, and maintaining knowledge on the latest legal developments and practices. The attorneys serve clients from four office locations in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, including Appleton, Green Bay, New London, and Oshkosh. Visit the Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. website at or call 920-739-7366 to schedule an initial consultation.

Chicago, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Associate Dean and Professor Kathryn Kennedy has been appointed chair of the Committee on Employee Benefits for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. Kennedy’s appointment is recognition by her peers of her abilities and contributions to the work of the ABA’s Taxation Section. As chair, Kennedy will have opportunities to affect the development and administration of the tax laws through programs and projects. “This will be an exciting year due to the changes in the administration and in Congress. We look forward to working with our colleagues at the IRS/Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as they implement these changes,” said Kennedy, who is the Director of John Marshall’s Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits. Kennedy was recognized as the 2009 ASPPA’s Educator of the Year. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and now serves on its Board of Governors. She served on the IRS’ Advisory Council For Tax Exempt/Government Entities from 2009 to 2012 and on the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2008. She is an active member of the Advisory Boards of Practicing Law Company and Drake University’s National Advisory Council for the Actuarial Science Program. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on several occasions and has proposed legislation in the area of executive deferred compensation plans. About The John Marshall Law School The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2017 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program 5th, its Trial Advocacy Program 19th and its Intellectual Property Law Program 21st in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

Troy A. Groetken, Shareholder and Board Member with McAndrews, Held, & Malloy, Ltd., has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Groetken has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Groetken outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. He received his B.S. degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Drake University with an eye toward combining his interest in science with his interest in patent law. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate in intellectual property law from Drake University Law School, and his Master of Laws from The John Marshall Law School. After working as a clinical consultant pharmacist for a number of years, he began to practice patent law in the scientific arena. He has been recognized by Lawyer Monthly, Super Lawyers Magazine, Best Lawyers, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company, among other honors. With over 20 years dedicated to law, Mr. Groetken brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry and, in particular, to his area of specialization, patent law and litigation. When asked about his decision to pursue a career in this specialty, Mr. Groetken said: "When I was growing up, my neighbor was a patent attorney and I always found that to be really cool. He had incredible and unique gadgets from various projects and I wanted to be just like him." Today, Mr. Groetken is currently a Shareholder and Board Member with McAndrews, Held, & Malloy, Ltd. where he focuses on patent and trademark procurement, as well as enforcement and transactional matters in the advanced chemical, small-molecule pharmaceutical, and biotechnological disciplines. As a thought-leader in his field, Mr. Groetken keeps his eye on prevailing trends in patent law. In particular, his firm is currently paying attention to the effects of the Halo Decision, a Supreme Court case his firm was involved in that has swung the pendulum in favor of patent holders. He noted: "Right now we are watching the Halo Decision's effects on treble damages, which allow courts to triple the amount of damages awarded to a plaintiff. We are also utilizing and assisting our clients with a number of critical PTAB decisions with respect to key IPR and PGR issues. Finally, a number of ongoing interpretations of what constitutes infringement (e.g., singular component versus multi-component incorporation outside of the United States), obviousness, patent subject matter eligibility and the like are always important to our clients from both offensive and defensive viewpoints." Mr. Groetken is also widely recognized for his writing and presentations on topics within the intellectual property field, including patent protection and prosecution, inter partes review matters, global litigation, alternative litigation strategies, and patent best practices with respect to multi-national procurement, licensing, and divestiture of intellectual assets. He is known globally as the “go-to” intellectual property attorney for Fortune 100 and 500 firm clients regarding complex intellectual property matters involving patent portfolio development, implementation and enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional intellectual property integration issues. Mr. Groetken regularly assists clients with a variety of technical disciplines involving the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological arts, encompassing new drug entities, generic pharmaceuticals, biotechnological sciences, including protein and recombinant technologies, food-based technologies, animal compositions, medical devices, and renewable energies, among others. For more information, visit Mr. Groetken's profile on The Expert Network© here: The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Troy A. Groetken. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network© selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.

Haedicke M.A.,Drake University
Sociological Quarterly | Year: 2012

Institutional theory has played a central role in the study of organizations for over half a century, but it often overlooks the actions of the people who bring organizations to life. This article advances an inhabited approach to institutional analysis that foregrounds the creativity of organizational members. It argues that people use local cultures to translate and respond to institutional pressures. The article analyzes qualitative data from countercultural co-op stores that have been pushed to conform to mainstream forms of business organization by a competitive market and demonstrates that translation explains why outcomes that institutional theory would not predict have come to pass. © 2012 Midwest Sociological Society.

Zatsarinny O.,Drake University | Bartschat K.,Drake University
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2011

We present cross sections for electron-impact ionization and simultaneous ionization plus excitation of helium by electron impact. The results are obtained from a fully nonperturbative close-coupling formalism using our B-spline R-matrix approach. A large number of pseudostates in the expansion of the wave function represent the coupling to the ionization continuum. We obtain excellent agreement with the directly measured experimental cross section ratios (Bellm etal., Phys. Rev. A 75, 042704 (2007)PLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.75. 042704) for ionization leaving the residual He⊃+ ion in either the 1s ground state or the n=2 (2s+2p) excited states. © 2011 American Physical Society.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: AMO Theory/Atomic, Molecular & | Award Amount: 270.00K | Year: 2014

The project studies the interaction of light (mostly lasers) and charged particles (mostly electrons) with atoms, ions, and small molecules. The results are of importance for the understanding of the fundamental collision dynamics, and they also fulfill the urgent practical need for accurate atomic data to model the physics of stars, plasmas, lasers, and planetary atmospheres. The short-pulse intense-laser part of the project deals with accurate solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation on a numerical space-time grid. With the rapid advances currently seen in computational resources, such studies for realistic rather than idealized model systems have only become possible in recent years. This work is important for further developments in imaging and ultimately controlling of submicroscopic reactions, which is expected to have broad impact by reaching out from physics to chemistry and ultimately biology. Many experimental efforts worldwide are supported through the present project, which will also train a post-doctoral associate and a number of research students in the basic understanding of the problem and the use of highly sophisticated numerical techniques.

Most of the numerical calculations will be based upon the non-perturbative R-matrix (close-coupling) method, as well as direct solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation using various grid-based approaches and basis-function expansions. For single and double ionization of complex atoms by intense atto/femto-second laser pulses, the methods will be combined in such a way that individual parts of the big problem can be treated in highly efficient and optimized ways. This strategy will be extended to the treatment of double ionization involving inner shells as well as diatomic molecules. Of particular interest will be the highly challenging, but ultimately necessary simultaneous treatment of the nuclear and electronic motion. There are major difficulties associated with both the formulation of the problem and the subsequent numerical treatment. Much emphasis will be placed on the testing of numerical methods and the visualization of the results, both of which are ideal for student involvement.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCES | Award Amount: 76.24K | Year: 2015

This project examines the impact that regulatory policy has on out-of-hospital care provided by certified health professionals. It examines the different ways that certified health professionals interpret regulation, follow rules, and understand their scope of practice, given the differing regulatory environments in which they operate. The research asks whether and how the professionalization and regulation of certified health professionals impact the provision of health care; whether regulation operates as intended; and whether voids created by the absence of regulation are filled by other means. In addition, the research examines whether and how certified health professionals seek legal status and regulation, the varying ways in which law is mobilized toward this end, and the impact of such mobilization on the professional identities and legal consciousness of certified health professionals. Answering these questions contributes to theoretical understanding of the important relationship between law and health, and has broad implications for policy-making and the regulation of health care outside of the dominant medical model. The broader impact of the research also includes training and education of undergraduate students.

The project utilizes ethnographic participant-observation, interview research, and documentary evidence coupled with interpretive social science methods in order to analyze the regulations surrounding out-of-hospital care in the United States. In the face of a complex web of regulations and disparate enforcement state-by-state, the project focuses on three states where regulatory environments and implementation varies, and relies on a case study of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). The findings of this research will advance sociolegal scholarship and theory on the implementation of laws, legal mobilization, and legal consciousness of social movement and professional actors.

The purpose of this project is to further develop a general and effective, fully relativistic computer code for electron and photon interactions with atoms, ions, and molecules using the B-spline R-matrix (BSR) method. This innovative approach has significant advantages over the standard suite of R-matrix codes, mostly developed over the past four decades in Belfast and currently used worldwide. Specifically, the excellent numerical properties of a B-spline basis allow for high computational accuracy, and the ability to employ non-orthogonal sets of term-dependent orbitals allows for compact configuration expansions. During the current funding period, the existing computer code will be fully parallelized, and a new suite of general atomic structure codes will be developed, which directly use the B-spline as an improved interface to the BSR collision codes. Furthermore, a parallelized B-spline code to solve the close-coupling equations in the outer region will be developed, and a pilot version of the BSR program to treat time-dependent processes, such as intense short-pulse XUV laser-atom interactions, will be extended to double ionization and infrared radiation. Finally, the potential use of the BSR method to describe electron and photon interactions with diatomic molecules will be investigated.

The broader impact of the project consists of the further development of a highly successful suite of computer programs to calculate accurate atomic data for a wide variety of electron- and photon-driven processes. The production calculations will focus on atomic targets, for which these data are of critical value to model the physics and chemistry of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, lasers, and planetary atmospheres. This work will support many experimental projects ranging from industrial lighting systems to fundamental research performed at next-generation synchrotrons and free-electron lasers. The results will be presented at international scientific meetings, and the next version of the computer code will be written up and made available to the public. Finally, undergraduate students will be trained through developing and testing individual modules of the package. This includes running the code on massively parallel computing platforms provided through XSEDE resources.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: CI REUSE | Award Amount: 182.17K | Year: 2015

The purpose of this project is to continue the development of a fully relativistic computer code for electron and photon interactions with atoms and ions. The code has already been employed in a number of benchmark calculations to obtain highly accurate atomic data of critical importance for fundamental research and practical applications. In particular, the code is being used to model the physics and chemistry of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, lasers, and planetary atmospheres. The computer code will be made available to the general public through an open-source license and a designated website. Undergraduate students will be trained in modern computational methods through developing and testing individual modules of the package. This includes running the code on massively parallel computing platforms provided through the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) resources supported by the National Science Foundation.

The B-spline R-matrix (BSR) approach has significant advantages over the well-known suite of R-matrix (close-coupling) codes that were developed over the past four decades and are currently used worldwide. Specifically, the numerical properties of a B-spline basis yield high computational accuracy and the ability to employ non-orthogonal sets of term-dependent orbitals allows for compact configuration expansions. After having completed the parallelization of the semi-relativistic version, this project will support the development of a parallel implementation of the fully relativistic Dirac-Coulomb version. The BSR collision codes will also be interfaced with a new suite of general atomic structure codes, which use B-spline expansions directly.

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