Speaker Bios

Mel Bostwick

Mel Bostwick is a DC-based lawyer who specializes in high-stakes appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mel started her legal career clerking at the Federal Circuit for Judge Timothy Dyk in 2007-2008. After seeing firsthand the legal and procedural obstacles that veterans face, particularly when they are not represented by counsel, Mel was motivated to use her clerkship experience and legal skills to help. In her current practice at Orrick, she principally divides her time between representing tech companies in patent appeals and a pro bono practice representing veterans and veterans’ organizations raising critical legal issues on appeal to the Federal Circuit. In all her cases, Mel’s approach focuses on telling her client’s story and offering the court a clear, simple, and compelling presentation. Mel also brings these skills to bear in cases before the United States Supreme Court and in advising clients confronting legal issues in federal district court and other trial tribunals. Mel’s past experience also includes a wealth of trial and regulatory experience as well as a clerkship for Judge Thomas Griffith of the D.C. Circuit. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (2007) and Northwestern University (2004). Mel has recently been recognized as a “Rising Star” among D.C. lawyers (National Law Journal) and nationally among appellate lawyers (Law360).

Partner, Supreme Court & Appellate group
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Washington, DC office

Angela Drake

Director of the Veterans Clinic and Instructor
University of Missouri School of Law

Professor Angela Drake is the director of the Veterans Clinic and instructor at the University of Missouri School of Law.

Before joining the law school, she practiced law for more than 25 years in in the areas of complex and class action litigation and insurance coverage and defense. She was a shareholder in the firm of Niewald, Waldeck and Brown in Kansas City, where she practiced for 18 years. She then became a member of Lowther Johnson, LLC, located in Springfield, Mo. In the course of her practice, Professor Drake represented individual and corporate clients in jury trials, bench trials and appellate proceedings in both federal and state court.

Professor Drake received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in 1982 and her JD from the University of Minnesota in 1985. At the School of Law, Professor Drake teaches Insurance Law, Pretrial Litigation and Trial Practice.

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