Russell Ellsworth Lovell II

Russell Ellsworth Lovell II

Professor Emeritus Russell Lovell taught at Drake Law School for 38 years, from 1976 – 2014. He is an honors graduate of both Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, and numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. His teaching and scholarship has focused on constitutional law, civil rights, employment discrimination, and litigation. He was the founder of the Law School’s Public Service Scholarship Program in 1995 and, over its first 20 years, mentored more than 80 public service scholars as program director. Professor Lovell’s public service commitment includes 45 years of pro bono civil rights work for the NAACP, including service as lead counsel in cases that desegregated the Indiana State Police Department and the Des Moines Fire Department and as co-counsel on key remedies stages of both the Indianapolis and Kansas City school desegregation cases, including successful advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Kansas City case.


Iowa led the nation in school desegregation — in the 1860s

By: - February 6, 2021

When people think about the time when Black people first began to integrate America’s public schools, often they think back to the 1960s. But history shows the first court-ordered school integration case took place a hundred years earlier, in the 1860s. In April of 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Susan […]