Joseph Yockey

David H. Vernon Professor of Law

Professor Yockey teaches Business Associations, Securities Regulation, Private Companies, and a seminar on Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Management. His teaching has been recognized at the college and university level—named Iowa Law teacher of the year in 2012 and a four-time nominee for the 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, he 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 President of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate. He is also the faculty advisor to the Iowa Law Review, and a co-founder of the law school’s First-Generation Professionals (FGP) student organization (launched in 2019).

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Practice and Teaching:

  • Business Associations
  • Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Management
  • Private Companies
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Higher Education and the Law

Awards and Honors:

  • Collegiate Teaching Award (Iowa College of Law teacher of the year, as selected by third-year students), 2012
  • President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence nominee, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018


  • Iowa Bar
  • Illinois Bars
  • Founder and Faculty Advisor, First Generation Professionals at Iowa Law
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BA, University of Kansas, 2000, JD, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004