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Chief Judge, Arthur E. Gamble: District 5C
Chief Judge Gamble, Clive, was appointed to the bench in 1983. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned his bachelor's and law degree. He graduated with distinction in 1978 and worked in private practice until his appointment. Chief Judge Gamble is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is also the past president of the Iowa Judges Association and of the C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court. He is married with four children.
  
District Court Judge, Robert J. Blink: District 5C
Judge Blink of West Des Moines was appointed to the bench in 1995. He received his undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communications from North Central College in 1972 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1975. He served as an assistant Polk County Attorney, Assistant Iowa Attorney General and Special Deputy United States Attorney. He was a partner in a Des Moines law firm before becoming a judge. He has been a professor at Drake University Law School since 1981. Judge Blink is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, the Iowa Judges Association and an Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. Judge Blink and his wife have five children and three grandchildren.
  
District Court Judge, Richard B. Clogg: District 5A
Judge Clogg, Indianola, was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2012. He served as a District Associate Judge from 2000 until his appointment to the District bench. He was in private practice for 25 years prior to his appointment. Judge Clogg received his bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 1971 and his law degree from Drake University in 1974. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. Judge Clogg is married and has three children.
  
District Court Judge, Jeffrey D. Farrell: 5C
Judge Farrell, Urbandale, was appointed to the bench in 2013. He was born in Fort Dodge and also lived in Lytton before moving to Carroll and graduating from Carroll High School. He received his BA in 1986 and JD in 1989, both from the University of Iowa. He was a law clerk for the Fifth Judicial District from 1989–1991. Judge Farrell served for twelve years as an assistant attorney general and ten years as an administrative law judge before being appointed to the bench. He is married with two children.
  
District Judge Patrick Greenwood, District 5
Judge Greenwood, Lamoni, was appointed to the bench February 18, 2016. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 and from Drake University Law School in 1998. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice and served as a judicial magistrate. He is a member of the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association and the Iowa Children's Justice Initiative.
  
District Court Judge, Mary Pat Gunderson: 5C
Judge Gunderson, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 2011. She graduated from University of San Diego with her bachelor's degree in 1984. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her law degree in 1988. She served as assistant Polk county attorney from 1989-1997 and as secretary of the Iowa Senate from 1997-1998. She is a member of the Polk County Bar association and is married with three children.
  
District Court Judge, Robert B. Hanson: 5C
Judge Hanson, West Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 2003. He was born and raised in Jefferson, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1978 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1981. He was a law clerk for the late Justice K. David Harris of the Iowa Supreme Court for one year following his graduation from law school, after which he spent 21 years in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa, before his appointment to the bench. Judge Hanson is a member of the American, Iowa State, and Polk County Bar Associations as well as the Iowa Judges Association. He is also a member and past president of the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court. Judge Hanson is married with two children.
  
District Court Judge, Randy V. Hefner: District 5A
Judge Hefner, Adel, was appointed to the bench in 2010. He received his undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa in 1975. He attended Drake University where he received his law degree in 1978. Judge Hefner worked in private practice from 1978 - 2010. He is a member of the Dallas County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association. He is married with one child.
  
District Court Judge, Gregory A. Hulse: District 5A
Judge Hulse, Adel, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1969. In 1973, he graduated from Drake University School of Law and went into private practice. Judge Hulse also served in the Iowa National Guard from 1969 to 1975. He belongs to the Dallas County and Iowa State Bar Associations as well as the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Hulse is married and has two children.
  
District Court Judge, Michael D. Huppert: District 5C
Judge Michael D. Huppert was appointed to the bench in December of 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Drake University and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1982, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Huppert was a partner with the Patterson Law Firm in Des Moines. He is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations, as well as the American Judicature Society and the American College of Business Court Judges. He currently serves as the chair of the Legislative Policy and Pension committee of the Iowa Judges Association, of which he is a member and former director. He is also a Master of the Bench (Emeritus) and former president of the C. Edwin Moore American Inns of Court.
  
District Court Judge, Paul R. Huscher: District 5A
Judge Huscher, Waukee, was appointed to the bench in 1997. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, he went to undergraduate college at Oklahoma State University. After graduating in 1977, he went to the Drake University Law School and graduated in 1980. He was in private practice for sixteen years before his appointment. Judge Huscher is a member of the Dallas County, Guthrie County, and Iowa State Bar Associations, as well as the Iowa Judges Association.
  
District Court Judge, Robert A. Hutchison: District 5C
Judge Hutchison, Runnells, was appointed to the bench in 1990. Born in Prairie City, Iowa, he earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1971. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1974 with his law degree and worked at a private law firm until his appointment to the bench. Judge Hutchison is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He serves on the Bench-Bar Committee of the Polk County Bar Association. He is married with two children.
  
District Court Judge, William P. Kelly: District 5C
Judge Kelly, was appointed to the bench in October of 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1986 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1999. Judge Kelly has spent 16 years in private practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He also spent five years as adjunct professor of law at Drake University.
  
District Court Judge, Heather Lauber: District 5C
Judge Lauber, West Des Moines, was appointed to the district court bench in December 2016. She attended Drake University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2000 and her law degree in 2003. Judge Lauber was in private practice from 2003–2011. She was Assistant Public Defender from 2011–2015. Judge Lauber was appointed district associate judge in 2015. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Association of Women Attorneys, Polk County Woman Attorneys, and C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court.
  
District Court Judge, John D. Lloyd: District 5B
Judge Lloyd, Osceola, was appointed to the bench in 2002. He was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa and received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1971 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1974, both with honors. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Lloyd worked in private law practice and as the Clarke County Attorney. He is a member of the District 5B Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Lloyd is married with one child and one grandchild.
  
District Judge David May, District 5
Judge May, Polk City, was appointed to the bench February 3, 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1993, his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1995, and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1998. Judge May was in private practice before his appointment. He also serves as a lecturer at the Annual Fire Investigation School for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and has served as an instructor at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  
District Court Judge, Brad McCall: District 5A
Judge McCall, Grinnell, was appointed to the bench in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1976 and his law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School in 1978. Prior to taking the bench, he was in private practice, specializing in litigation and trial law. He is board certified in both civil and criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Judge McCall is a member of the Order of Coif, the Iowa Judge's Association, the American Board of Trial Attorneys, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is married and has three daughters.
  
District Court Judge, Lawrence P. McLellan: District 5C
Judge McLellan was appointed to the bench in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 from Drake University. He received his law degree from Drake University in 1983. In 2006 he earned a masters in law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in dispute resolution. Upon graduation from law school in 1983 he clerked for the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He was with the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. from 1984-2000 engaged in a general civil litigation practice. From 2000 until 2012 he was with the law firm of Sullivan & Ward, P.C. also engaged in general civil litigation and mediation. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is an Honorary Member of the Order of the Barristers. He is a member of the Iowa Judges’ Association.
  
District Court Judge, Martha L. Mertz: District 5A
Judge Mertz, Knoxville, was appointed to the bench in February 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Northeast Missouri State University in 1974, and she graduated with honors from Drake University Law School in 1982. Judge Mertz is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She has received the ICADV Gold Seal Award in 1994, the Athena Award in 1989, the Rodney L. Hudson Appellate Advocacy Award in 1982, and the Order of Barristers in 1981. Judge Mertz is married.
  
District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom: District 5C
Judge Ovrom, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1999. She was born and raised in Keosauqua, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude from Coe College in 1975 and from the University of Iowa College of law with high honors in 1979. Before her appointment to the bench, she served as an as civil bureau chief of the Polk County Attorney’s Office, and as an assistant Iowa Attorney General. [She has been active in local, state, and national bar organizations, and has served on the Civil Justice Reform Task Force, the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee, the Child Support Advisory Committee, and the faculty of the Iowa Judicial Branch’s new judges training school. She helped implement the Fifth Judicial District’s family law mediation program, and has been actively involved in planning new court facilities in Polk County.] She was appointed assistant chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District in 2014.
  
District Court Judge, Sherman W. Phipps: District 5B
Judge Phipps, Lamoni, was appointed to the bench in December of 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1968 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1973. Judge Phipps has spent 32 years in private practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Decatur County Bar Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, and the Iowa Real Estate Association. He is married with four children.
  
District Court Judge, David M. Porter: District 5C
Judge Porter was appointed to the bench in 2015. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Communications from the University of Maryland in 2000 and his law degree from Drake University in 2004. He served as Assistant Wapello County Attorney and Assistant Polk County Attorney prior to his appointment. Judge Porter is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.
  
District Judge Dustria Ann Relph, District 5B 
Judge Relph, Corydon, was appointed to the bench in 2014. She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1988, Mercy College of Health Sciences in 2003, and Drake University Law School in 2006. Before her appointment, Judge Relph was in private practice with the Chambers & Relph Law Firm, P.C. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Judicial District 5B Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association, and the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Relph is married and has four children.
  
District Court Judge Terry Rickers: District 5A
Judge Terry Rickers, Newton, was appointed as a District Court Judge in October 2010 after serving as a Magistrate in Jasper County since 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1983. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned his law degree in 1986. After graduation, he was in private practice in Newton for over 24 years. He is a member of the Jasper County and Iowa State Bar Associations, and the Iowa Judges Association. He formerly belonged to the American Health Lawyers Association, Iowa Association of School Board Attorneys, Iowa Association for Justice and the Iowa Association of Magistrate Judges. He also served on the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. He is married with two children.
  
District Court Judge, Karen A. Romano: District 5C
Judge Romano, Johnston, was appointed as a District Court Judge in December 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in 1983 and her law degree from University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 with distinction. Judge Romano worked for a private law firm before serving as an Assistant Polk County Attorney from 1987 to 1996. She served as a District Associate Judge from April 1996 until her appointment as a District Court Judge. Judge Romano is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations. She is also a member of Polk County Women Attorneys, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Iowa Judges Association, and National Association of Women Judges. Judge Romano serves as the chair of the Polk County Courthouse Security Committee and is a member of Court Interpreter Policies Advisory Committee. Judge Romano speaks frequently to legal, civic, and school groups on various areas of the law. She is married and has two children.
  
District Court Judge, Scott D. Rosenberg: District 5C
Judge Rosenberg, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in January of 1997. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1976 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1979. He has experience in private law practice and private business, as well as experience at the state appellate defenders office and as Assistant Polk County Attorney. Judge Rosenberg was appointed to the district associate bench in 1992. He is a member of the Polk County Bar Association. Judge Rosenberg is married and has two children.
  
District Court Judge, Paul Scott: District 5C
Judge Scott, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1984 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1987. Prior to taking the bench he was in private practice. Judge Scott is the Vice President of the Iowa Judges Association and served as its Secretary/Treasurer. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is married and has three children.
  
District Court Judge, Douglas Staskal: District 5C
Judge Staskal was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Iowa in 1976 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law 1979, with high distinction. Judge Staskal served as an Iowa Assistant Attorney General and Assistant State Appellate Defender before entering private practice in Des Moines in 1986. He was appointed as a District Associate Judge in 1996 and in 2001 he was appointed to the District Court bench. Judge Staskal is a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Iowa Judges Association. He has served on various Judges Association and Judicial Branch committees, including most recently the Courts and Community and Judicial Technology committees.
  
District Court Judge, D. Stovall: District 5C
Judge Stovall was appointed as a District Court Judge in 1995. He earned his bachelor's degree from Chicago State University and his law degree from Drake University. Judge Stovall served as the Polk County Magistrate until his appointment as an Associate District Court Judge where he served until his appointment to the District Court. Previously, he served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, and nearly ten years in private practice. Judge Stovall is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Iowa Bar Association.
  
District Court Judge, Jeanie K. Vaudt: District 5C
Judge Vaudt was appointed to the bench in February 2014. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science with honors from Upper Iowa University and her M.P.A. and J.D. with honors from Drake University. Her legal career included service as a graduate law clerk for a justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, private practice with the Davis Brown law firm, and for the last fifteen years prior to her appointment, she was an assistant attorney general in the Iowa Department of Justice. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association, and the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court.
  
District Associate Judge, Romonda D. Belcher: District 5C
Judge Belcher was appointed to the bench on August 20, 2010, becoming the first African American female judge in the state of Iowa. Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant Polk County Attorney for 15 years. Born in Plymouth, North Carolina, she earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Howard University in 1990 and her juris doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1995. Judge Belcher remains active in her community and in the bar, and she has been recognized for her commitment to service to the legal profession and her community.
  
District Associate Judge, James D. Birkenholz: District 5C
Judge Birkenholz, West Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1998. He attended Drake University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1971 and his law degree in 1974. He was admitted to the patent bar in 1974, as well, and worked in private practice for 23 years. Judge Birkenholz is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. He is married with two children.
  
District Associate Judge, Gregory D. Brandt: District 5C
Judge Brandt, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in March of 1997. Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, he graduated from Drake University with a bachelor's degree in 1984 and earned his law degree from the same institution in 1987. After graduation, Judge Brandt worked as a law clerk for the Eighth Judicial District until 1988. He went on to be Polk County assistant attorney from 1988 to 1995, at which time we worked as an associate at a law firm until his appointment. Judge Brandt is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations, the Iowa Judges Association, and the American Judges Association.
  
District Associate Judge, Virginia Cobb: District 5A
Judge Virginia Cobb, Dallas Center, was appointed to serve as Dallas County Magistrate in 1995 and was appointed to serve as District Associate Judge in 2005. She attended Drake University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1978 and her law degree in 1982. She has served as assistant county attorney, instructed at Grand View College and was in the private practice of law. Cobb is a member of the bar and achieved Order of the Barristers.
  
District Associate Judge, Carol L. Coppola: District 5C
Judge Coppola, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in July 2001. She received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University in 1973. She graduated with honors, Order of Coif, from Drake University in 1980. Judge Coppola had been in private practice for 21 years. While in private practice she served on many committees including the Client Security Commission, Polk County Family Law Committee, and the Polk County Grievance Committee. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association.
  
District Associate Judge, Susan Cox: District 5C
Judge Cox was appointed to the bench in 2014. She grew up on the northeast side of Des Moines. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with highest honors, she received her law degree with distinction from the University of Iowa college of Law. Judge Cox practiced law for more than twenty years at Legal Services and the Polk County Attorney’s Office.
  
District Associate Judge, Carol S. Egly: District 5C
Judge Egly, Polk City, was appointed to the bench in 1986. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in 1971 and her law degree from Drake University in 1974. She then served as assistant attorney general for the State of Iowa until 1977. While in private practice, she was a part-time magistrate and part-time hearing officer for the State of Iowa prior to her appointment.
  
District Associate Judge, Monty W. Franklin: District 5B
Judge Franklin was appointed to the bench in 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa. Judge Franklin served as a Wayne County Attorney from 1982 to 1986 and has also been in private practice since 1979. Judge Franklin is a member of the Wayne County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. He also received the Angels in Adoption Award from U.S. Congressional Coalition On Adoption Institute in March 2005.
  
District Associate Judge, Steven W. Guiter: District 5A
Judge Guiter was appointed to the bench in January 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1978 and law degree from Drake University in 1982. Judge Guiter practiced law with the same firm following graduation from law school in 1982 until his appointment to the bench. He is a member of the American, Iowa State, and Marion County Bar Associations. He also served on the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. Judge Guiter is married and has five children.
  
District Associate Judge, Steven J. Holwerda: District 5
Judge Holwerda, Newton, was appointed in 2010 to serve as Jasper County Magistrate and in 2013 to serve as District Associate Judge. He received his bachelor's degree from Dordt College in 1979 and his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1983. Judge Holwerda was in private practice in Newton until his appointment to the bench. He is a member of the Iowa State and Jasper County Bar Associations. Judge Holwerda is married and has three children.
  
District Associate Judge, Louise Jacobs: District 5C
Judge Jacobs, Des Moines, was appointed in 1997 to serve as Polk County magistrate and in 2001 was appointed to serve as a district associate judge. She earned a bachelor of science degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota and her law degree with honors from Drake University where she was awarded honorary membership in the Order of the Coif. Judge Jacobs has served as assistant city attorney for Des Moines and was also in private practice. She is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Polk County Women Attorney Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Judges.
  
District Associate Judge, Cynthia M. Moisan: District 5C
Judge Moisan, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1995. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. In 1982 she received her law degree from Drake University Law School. Judge Moisan practiced law with a firm from 1984 until her appointment to the bench. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and the Polk County Bar Association.
  
District Associate Judge, Odell McGhee, II: District 5C
Judge McGhee, Des Moines, was appointed as a District Associate Judge in February 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in 1974 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1977. Judge McGhee has worked as the Program Planner for the Iowa Commission of the Aging, Administrative Hearing Officer with the Iowa Department of Environmental Quality, and most recently in the Polk County Attorney’s Office. Judge McGhee is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Association of District Attorneys, and the National Association of Prosecutors. He is a Commissioner on the Iowa Supreme Court’s Continuing Legal Education Commission and an officer of the National Association of Prosecutors (NAP). He is married with two children.
  
District Associate Judge, Kevin A. Parker: District 5A
Judge Parker, Indianola, was appointed to the bench in 2005. He received his bachelor's degree from Gannon University in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1979. Judge Parker served as law clerk to the Honorable James P. Denato in 1980. While in private practice, he served as assistant Warren County attorney from 1981 to 1989, then served as Warren County attorney from 1989 to 2002. He practiced law with a firm from 2003 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Parker is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Warren County Bar Association. He is married and has four children.
  
District Associate Judge, William A. Price: District 5C
Judge Price, Ankeny, was appointed to the bench in July 2001. He received his bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1970 and his law degree also from Drake University in 1972. Judge Price has worked as a trust officer, an assistant Polk County attorney and most currently in general private practice. He served in the Iowa National Guard from 1970 to 1976. Judge Price is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association. He is married and has two children.
  
District Associate Judge, Mark F. Schlenker: District 5A
Judge Schlenker, Indianola, was appointed to the bench as District Associate Judge in 2012. He was born in Des Moines, graduated from Indianola Community High School in 1972, received a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University in 1975, and his J.D. from Creighton University in 1978. Prior to appointment to the bench he served as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General, an Assistant Warren County Attorney, and was in private practice in Indianola for 31 years. He is a member of the American and Iowa State Bar Associations, having served in many leadership roles, and belongs to the Iowa Judges Association. He is married and has two children
  
District Associate Judge, Joseph W. Seidlin: District 5C
Judge Seidlin, Clive, was appointed to serve as a District Associate Judge in August, 2013. Before that, he served as a Polk County Magistrate for 8 years. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Judge Seidlin attended Drake University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1982, and his law degree in 1985. He was in private practice for 28 years before taking the District Associate bench in 2013. Judge Seidlin is a member of the Polk County, Iowa and American Bar Associations, as well as the C. Edwin Moore and Lincoln Inns of Court. He is married and has two children.
  
District Associate Judge, Rachael E. Seymour: District 5C
Judge Seymour, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in June, 2010. She was born in Madrid, Iowa and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1995. She earned a Masters of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate with honors from Drake University in 1999. Judge Seymour represented both adults and children while working for the State Public Defender from 1999 until her appointment to the bench. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. She has served on the Juveniles Rule Committee since her appointment in 2010. Judge Seymour and her husband have six children.
  
District Associate Judge, Colin J. Witt: District 5C
Judge Witt, Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County as a magistrate in 2005. He was appointed to serve as a District Associate Judge in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, earning his undergraduate degree with honors in English and his law degree with distinction. He was a law clerk for three years to Judge Ronald E. Longstaff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Judge Witt also was in private practice prior to his appointment to the district associate bench.
  
District Associate Probate Judge, Craig E. Block: District 5C
Judge Block, Ankeny, was appointed to the bench in 2013. Born in Centerville, IA, he received his associate arts degree from IHCC in 1977, his bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1979, and his law degree, with honors from Drake University in 1981. Judge Block was in private practice for thirty-one years in Ankeny, Iowa until his appointment. He has taught at Grand View University and served two terms on the Ankeny School Board, and four terms on the Ankeny City Council. Two years prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the COO/General Counsel for the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Judge Block is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the Iowa Judges Association. He is married and has four daughters.
Senior Judge, Richard G. Blane, II: District 5C
Judge Blane, West Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1995. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Drake University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1970 and his law degree in 1973. Before his judicial appointment, he served as an assistant Polk County attorney, first assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, and practiced in a private firm in Des Moines. Judge Blane is a member of the Polk County Bar Association as well as the Iowa Judges Association, and serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Rules Committee. Judge Blane is married and has two sons.
Senior Judge, David L. Christensen: District 5B
Judge Christensen, Lenox, was appointed to the bench in 1993. Born in Atlantic, Iowa, he received both his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Iowa. After graduating in 1973, he went into private practice for approximately 20 years. Judge Christensen is a member of the District 5B, Taylor County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. He also belongs to the Iowa Judges' Association. He is married and has three children.
Senior Judge, Darrell Goodhue: District 5A
Judge Goodhue, Carlisle, was appointed to the bench in 1986. He was born in Carlisle, Iowa, and went to Simpson College. He earned his degree in 1962 and went to Drake University, where he received his law degree in 1964. He graduated summa cum laude from Simpson and Order of the Coif from Drake. Judge Goodhue also served in the United States Army Reserves and the United States Navy Reserves. He went into general practice and worked as Warren County attorney and Indianola city attorney. Judge Goodhue is a member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations and he served on the Iowa Judges Association Nominating Committee. He is married with four children.
Senior Judge, Peter A. Keller: District 5A
Judge Keller, Ackworth, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Dallas Center, Iowa, he went to Iowa State University and the University of Utah. He attended law school at Drake University and graduated in 1963. Judge Keller then served with the United States Air Force Reserve, as judge advocate, and practiced law in Orlando, Florida, and Dallas Center, Iowa, before his appointment. Judge Keller is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1994. He has three children.
Senior Judge, Thomas W. Mott: District 5A
Judge Mott, Newton, was appointed to the bench in December of 1980. He received his bachelor's degree in 1972 and his and law degree in 1975 both from the University of Iowa. Judge Mott has served in the United States Navy. After graduation from law school he entered the private practice of law in Newton. Judge Mott is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association, and the American Judicature Society.
Senior Judge, Joel D. Novak: District 5C
Judge Novak, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1979. Born in Rock Island, Illinois, he graduated from the University of Iowa in 1962. In 1965, he earned his law degree from the same institution. From 1965 to 1979, Judge Novak was a trial lawyer with a private firm. He belongs to the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is married with four children.
Senior Judge, Donna L. Paulsen: District 5C
Judge Paulsen, West Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1992. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she earned her bachelor's degree with distinction in 1970 and her law degree with distinction in 1975 both from the University of Iowa. Judge Paulsen maintained a private practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later in Des Moines, Iowa, for seventeen years before her appointment. She served as President of the Iowa Judges Association and on the Board of Governors of the: Iowa State Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, and National Association of Women Judges. She was a member of the Iowa Attorney General's Task Force on ADR and the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Planning for the 21st Century. She is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and an emeritus member of the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court. She is married and has two children.
Senior Judge, Glenn E. Pille: District 5C
Judge Pille, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in 1985. He was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, and received his bachelor's degree from Loras College in 1969. In 1972 he graduated from Drake University School of Law. He then went into private practice until 1979, when he became a juvenile court referee.
Senior Judge, Artis Reis: District 5C
Judge Reis, West Des Moines, became a district associate judge in 1995 and a district judge in 1998. She was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, raised in Monroe, and graduated from the University of Iowa, where she received her B.S. in 1969, and M.S.W. in 1976, and J.D., with distinction, degree in 1976. Judge Reis worked in state government, taught at Drake Law School, and practiced law prior to becoming a judge. Judge Reis was named an Honorary Barrister by the Order of Barristers, and received the Iowa State Bar Association Community Service Award in 2001. In 2000, Judge Reis received the Friend of Children Award from the Iowa School Social Workers Association in 2000. Judge Reis was formerly the presiding Judge for Peer Review Court and the Truancy Court Judge for Polk County
Senior Judge, Carla Schemmel: District 5C
Judge Schemmel, Grimes, was appointed to the bench in 2003. She attended McKendree College and received her law degree from Drake Law School in 1985. She worked in private practice until her appointment. Judge Schemmel is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and a member of the Iowa Judges Association. She is married with two children.
Senior Judge, Terry Wilson: District 5A
Judge Wilson, Knoxville, was appointed to the bench in 1995. He was born in Monroe, Iowa, and served in the United States Marine Corps. Judge Wilson earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He went into private practice for 26 years. He is married and has two children
Magistrate John W. Birdwell: District 5B
Magistrate John W. Birdwell was appointed to serve Wayne County in January, 2010.
Magistrate Leslie M. Clemenson: District 5A
Magistrate Leslie M. Clemenson, Waukee, was appointed to serve Dallas County starting in August 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1988, and her law degree from Drake Law School in 2003. She is in private practice in Adel. She is a member of the Edwin C. Moore Inns of Court, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Iowa Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association and Dallas County Bar Association. Clemenson is married and has four children.
Magistrate Heather Dickinson: District 5C
Magistrate Heather Dickinson, Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County on August 1, 2005. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her undergraduate degree in 1981. She received her law degree from Drake University in 1984 and obtained her LLM in International Corporate Law from the London School of Economics in 1985. She has served as bank counsel, assistant county attorney and is in private practice in Des Moines. She is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, is married and has two children.
Magistrate David M. Erickson: District 5C
Magistrate David M. Erickson, West Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County August, 1, 2009. He graduated from Drake University with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and received his law degree from the same institution in 1978. David has been in private practice since 1978. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Attorneys and the Real Estate Section of the Iowa Bar Association. Erickson is single and the proud father of two boys adopted from Russia.
Magistrate Martin L. Fisher: District 5B
Magistrate Martin L. Fisher was appointed to serve Adair County in 1979.
Magistrate Becky Goettsch: District 5C
Magistrate Goettsch, West Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County in 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and her law degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to her appointment, Magistrate Goettsch was in private practice from 1994-1998 and served as a Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1998-2006. From 2006 until her appointment, she served as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General in the Area Prosecutions Division. She is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, Polk County Women Attorneys, and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. She is married with four children.
Magistrate Patrick Greenwood: District 5B
Magistrate Patrick William Greenwood, Lamoni, was appointed to serve Decatur County in 2015. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 and from Drake University School of Law in 1998. He is a member of Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association and the Iowa Children’s Justice Initiative.
Magistrate Darrin Hamilton: District 5A
Magistrate Darrin Hamilton, Newton, was appointed to serve Jasper County in 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1987 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1990. Magistrate Hamilton worked as an Assistant City Attorney for Council Bluffs from 1990-1998, was a City Attorney for Newton from 1998-2013 and has worked in private practice from 1993-1998 and from 2013 to present. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Jasper County Bar Association.
Magistrate Adam D. Hanson: District 5A
Magistrate Adam D. Hanson, Winterset, was appointed to serve Madison County August 1, 2009. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with his bachelor's degree in 2004, magna cum laude and earned his law degree from Drake University Law School in 2007. Adam has worked in general practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association and Iowa Magistrate Association. Hanson is married.
Magistrate Matthew C. Hanson: District 5B
Magistrate Matthew C. Hanson was appointed to serve Taylor County in June, 2014.
Magistrate Anastasia Baker Hurn: District 5C
Magistrate Ananstasia Baker Hurn was appointed to serve Polk County August 1, 2013. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's in phychology and earned her law degree from Drake University in 1998. Magistrate Hurn was an Assistant Polk County Attorney from 2007-2013. She is married with two children.
Magistrate Marion E. James: District 5B
Magistrate Marion E. James, Creston, was appointed to serve Union County in 1995. He graduated from Simpson College with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and earned his law degree from Drake University in 1968. James served in the United States Navy JAG Corps until 1973. He earned his L.L.M. from George Washington University. He has worked in the general practice of law and is a member of various committees on the Iowa State Bar Association. He is married and has three children.
Magistrate Jonathan Kimple: District 5A
Jonathan Kimple was appointed to serve Dallas County in 2008. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1973 and Drake Law School in 1977. He was a bus driver for Keyline Transit in Dubuque before attending Drake. He has served as an Assistant Dallas County Attorney and is in private practice in Adel, Iowa. He is a member of the Dallas County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Magistrate Association and former member of The Amalgamated Transit Union.
Magistrate Andrew J. Knuth: District 5B
Andrew J. Knuth was appointed to serve Adams County on April 1, 2012. He received his undergraduate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988 and his law degree from Drake University in 1993. He has been in private practice since 1995. He is married and has three children.
Magistrate Kristian M. Lehmkuhl: District 5B
Magistrate Kristian M. Lehmkuhl, Osceola, was appointed to serve Clarke County in August 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in 1966 and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2002. Lehmkuhl has worked in private practice in Osceola since 2004 and is also currently teaching Business Law at Southwestern Community College. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, American Bar Association (Pro Bono committee, Affordable Housing committee), Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Lehmkuhl is married.
Magistrate Jeffrey M. Lipman: District 5C
Magistrate Jeffrey Lipman was appointed to the bench in May of 2001. Magistrate Lipman currently serves as President of the Iowa Magistrate Judges Association. Magistrate Lipman graduated from University of Arizona in 1986 and from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1989. Magistrate Lipman serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission and is a member of the Moore Inns of Court. Magistrate Lipman has authored several law review articles as well as the Iowa Magistrate Judges Manual. Magistrate Lipman is married and has 4 children.
Magistrate James L. Pedersen: District 5B
Magistrate James L. Pedersen, Mount Ayr, was appointed to serve Ringgold County in 1989. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1975 and from Drake University School of Law in 1985. He is a practicing attorney and a member of the Ringgold County, District 5B, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations.
Magistrate Mary Ellen Perkins: District 5A
Magistrate Mary Ellen Perkins, Panora, has been appointed to serve Guthrie County in August 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1985, and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 1987. She has been in private practice since graduating law school. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Guthrie County Bar Association and the Dallas County Bar Association. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.
Magistrate Donna M. Schauer: District 5A
Magistrate Donna M. Schauer, Adel, was appointed to serve Dallas County in February, 2010. She was born in Ashley, North Dakota. Magistrate Schauer earned two bachelor’s degrees, with honors, in 1989 from the University of Southern Maine, Portland/Gorham campus, and has an associate degree from the North Dakota State School of Science, 1980. She graduated with a law degree from Drake University in 1993. Magistrate Schauer has worked in a firm, as an assistant county attorney, and most recently and predominately, in private practice. She has three children.
Magistrate Brandon J. Shelton: District 5B
Magistrate Brandon J. Shelton was appointed to serve Lucas County in 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from Westminster College in political science in 2003 and his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 2006. He is a member of the Iowa Bar Association and the Bridge the Gap Committee, Probate Section.
Magistrate Beth Tigges: District 5C
Magistrate Beth Tigges, Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County in October, 2013. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Iowa State University and her law degree from Drake University School of Law in 2008. She was previously employed as a public defender in Story County and Polk County prior to her appointment. She is married and has two children.
Magistrate James E. Winemiller, Sr. : District 5B
Magistrate James E. Winemiller, Sr. was appointed to serve Taylor County in 2003.
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