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Joseph Yockey

Joe Yockey
Professor and Michael and Brenda Sandler Faculty Fellow in Corporate Law

Joseph W. Yockey joined the faculty in 2010 and was voted Professor of the Year by the law school student body for 2011-12. He is also a four-time nominee for the University of Iowa’s campus-wide President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Yockey writes in the areas of corporate governance, organizational compliance, social enterprise, and higher education. He recently co-edited the Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law, and his scholarship appears in leading law journals across the country. 

Before coming to Iowa, Professor Yockey practiced corporate and securities litigation at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as articles editor for the University of Illinois Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge John D. Tinder (retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) in Indianapolis. After clerking and practicing, he spent two years teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor at his alma mater.  

This year, Professor Yockey was elected to serve as the Secretary of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate. He is also the co-founder of the law school’s First-Generation Professionals (FGP) student organization (launched in 2019).

Practice & Teaching: 

Professor Yockey teaches Business Associations, Securities Regulation, Private Companies, and a seminar on Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Management.


Professor Yockey is a member of the Iowa and Illinois Bars.


BA, University of Kansas, 2000

JD, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004

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