Jazmine C. Polk






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309


Rachel Ogden


J.D. (High Honors), Drake University Law School, 2022
B.S., University of Kansas, Journalism, 2016

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2022


Jazmine joined the firm in 2022 as a member of the Education Law Practice Area.  With both parents as lawyers and a grandmother who was an educator, she developed a deep appreciation for both the educational and legal environments early on. She knew immediately when clerking at Ahlers & Cooney that she wanted to practice law in the Education Law Practice Area at the firm.

Jazmine works with K-12 school districts, Area Education Agencies, and public colleges on a variety of issues, including those related to accessibility, accommodations, student programming, student discipline, procedural rights, and representation in special education or other student issues. Jazmine’s practice also includes drafting and negotiating contracts, policies, and procedures to assist clients with maintaining legal compliance in their day-to-day operations.

As a member of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, she works with education clients on various human resources and other employment law matters, including employee discipline and terminations, employment contracts, drafting and revising employment policies, and investigations related to employment.

During law school, Jazmine served as a law clerk for Ahlers & Cooney during the summers of 2020 and 2021. Prior to law school, Jazmine worked for Time Inc. in New York City as an Editorial Intern for PEOPLE Magazine and Health Magazine. 


American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
Iowa National Bar Association


Drake Law School, CALI Excellence Award – Civil Procedure II (highest scoring student in this law class)


School Administrators of Iowa, School Law Conference, “Open Enrollment, Residency, and Transportation,” with Carrie Weber, February 2024

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Focus on ADA," with Elizabeth Heffernan and Rebecca Reif, April 2023

Published Articles & Books

Home of the Brave: Can Amateur Athletes Be Punished for Kneeling During the National Anthem? 70 Drake L. Rev. 273 (2022)

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Polk County Women Attorneys - Board Member (2023 - present)
Drake Black Law Student Association Mentor (2022 - present)
Iowa Legal Aid Expungement Clinic (January 2024)
Drake Law School, Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant (2020-2022)
Black Law Student Association (2019-2022)