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Chief Judge, Kellyann M. Lekar: District 1B
Judge Lekar, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2005. She received her bachelorís degree from Iowa State University in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. She was in private practice prior to her appointment to the bench. Judge Lekar is a member of the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, Board of Directors of the Iowa Judges Association, American Bar Association, Courts and Community Committee of Iowa Judges Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association Jury Instructions Commmittee. She was appointed Chief Judge of the First District in January of 2012
  
District Court Judge, Monica Ackley: District 1A
District Court Judge Monica Ackley, Dubuque, was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 1997 as a magistrate and to the district court bench in 2003. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 and her law degree in 1990. She worked as a law clerk and research assistant before going into private practice. Ackley is a member of the Dubuque County, Iowa State, and California Bar Associations.
  
District Court Judge (Asst. Chief), John J. Bauercamper: District 1A
Judge Bauercamper, Waukon, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Cresco, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He practiced law privately, as well as serving as Allamakee County attorney and juvenile court referee. Judge Bauercamper belongs to the Iowa Judges Association, the Allamakee County Bar Association, the Iowa State and Minnesota State Bar Association, and serves as assistant chief judge for the First Judicial District. He is married and has four children.
  
District Court Judge, Thomas A. Bitter: District 1A
Judge Bitter, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1996. Judge Bitter was in private practice in Dubuque prior to being appointed to the bench. He is a member of the Dubuque County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association. He is married and has three children.
  
District Court Judge, Joel A. Dalrymple: District 1B
Judge Dalrymple, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2012. He was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1996, he earned his law degree from Drake University Law School. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Dalrymple worked in the Black Hawk County Attorneys Office where he was promoted to First Assistant in 2006. He is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association. Judge Dalrymple is married with three children.
  
District Court Judge, Andrea J. Dryer, District 1B
Judge Dryer, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 2011. She is a University of Iowa graduate, where she received both her undergraduate degree and law degree. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Dryer had worked in the Waterloo public defenderís office since 2004. Prior to working for the public defender's office, she was an assistant county attorney prosecuting cases in Winneshiek and Buchanan counties. Judge Dryer is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association as well as the Iowa State Bar Association.
  
District Court Judge, Linda Fangman: District 1B
Judge Fangman, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 1992, and her law degree from Drake Law School in 1995. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Fangman served as Assistant Marshall County Attorney and as Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney. Judge Fangman is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association as well as the Iowa State Bar Association and American Bar Association. She serves on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  
District Court Judge, Bradley J. Harris: District 1B
Judge Harris, Grundy Center, was appointed to the bench in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 1976, and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1980. Judge Harris is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Grundy County Bar Association, as well as the Iowa County Attorney Association. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a partner at the law firm of Kliebenstein, Heronimus, Schmidt, and Harris, and also served as the Assistant Grundy County Attorney from 1995 to
  
District Court Judge, Margaret L. Lingreen: District 1A
Judge Lingreen, Postville, was appointed to the bench in 1991. She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1974. In 1977, she earned her law degree from the same institution. She practiced law with a private firm and served as assistant Allamakee County attorney from 1979 to 1991. Judge Lingreen is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. She is married with two children.
  
District Court Judge, David P. Odekirk: District 1B
Judge Odekirk, Black Hawk, was appointed to the bench in 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1989, and his law degree from the same institution in 1993. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Odekirk was in private practice from 1995 until 2015. He is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association.
  
District Court Judge, Michael J. Shubatt: District 1A
Judge Shubatt, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2008. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in 1987, and his law degree in 1990. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a shareholder in the Dubuque law firm of Fuerste, Carew, Coyle, Juergens & Sudmeier, P.C., and served clients for 18 years as a general practitioner with an emphasis in civil litigation and trial work. Judge Shubatt also practiced in the state and federal courts of Iowa and Illinois, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Dubuque County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations.
  
District Court Judge, David F. Staudt, District 1B
Judge Staudt, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2010. He received his bachelorís degree in 1990 from the University of Iowa, and his law degree in 1993 from Drake University Law School. Judge Staudt was in private practice until joining the Waterloo public defenderís office in 1997 where he was appointed Chief Public Defender in 2006.
  
District Court Judge, George Stigler: District 1B
Judge Stigler, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 1978. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his law degree from the University of Iowa.
  
District Court Judge, Richard D. Stochl: District 1B
District Court Judge, Richard D. Stochl: District 1B Judge Stochl, New Hampton, was appointed to the bench in 2007. He graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University in 1986. He obtained his Law Degree from the University of Iowa in 1989. Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a partner in a northeast Iowa firm for over 18 years. Judge Stochl is a member of the Iowa and Minnesota State Bar Associations, the Iowa Judges Association and the Chickasaw County Bar association. He and his wife Kathy have three sons.
  
District Associate Judge, Nathan A. Callahan: District 1B
Judge Callahan, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1979 and his law degree from Lewis and Clark in 1984. Judge Callahan served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1972 to 1976. After graduating from law school, he worked as a legal assistant/clerk for the City of Kenai, Alaska in municipal law from 1983-1984; as a district attorney for the Alaska Attorney General's office from 1985 to 1991 and in private practice from 1992-1996. He worked in the public defender's office from 1996 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Callahan is a member of the Iowa Judges Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Black Hawk County and Alaska Bar Associations. He has two children.
  
District Associate Judge, Jeffrey L. Harris: District 1B
Judge Harris, Grundy Center, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1977. He began his law career with the United States Army and served until 1989. Prior to his appointment, Judge Harris worked as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate, as well as in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Legal Corporation of Iowa, and the Black Hawk County attorney's office. He is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Iowa National Bar Association.
  
District Associate Judge, Mark T. Hostager: District 1A
Judge Hostager, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Luther College. In 1988, he graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and also received a MBA degree. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Hostager taught for a year at the University of Northern Iowa and subsequently worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Dubuque. He is a member of the Dubuque County Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Hostager is married and has four children.
  
District Associate Judge, Brook K. Jacobsen
Judge Brook K. Jacobsen was appointed to the bench in 2017. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in 1999 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002. He worked in private practice from 2002 - 2004 and served as assistant county attorney in the Black Hawk County Attorneys Office from 2004 - 2017. Judge Jacobson is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association.
  
District Associate Judge, Joseph Moothart: District 1B
Judge Moothart, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1985. Born in Cresco, he received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1977. He was in private practice in Cedar Falls from 1977 until 1985. He is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.
  
District Associate Judge, Stephanie C. Rattenborg: District 1A
Judge Rattenborg, Manchester, was appointed to the bench in August of 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as a magistrate in Delaware County since 1996. Judge Rattenborg graduated from the University of Iowa in 1990 with her bachelor's degree, and earned her law degree from Drake University in 1994. She graduated with distinction and has worked at two Iowa law firms. She is a member of the Delaware County and Iowa State Bar Associations, the Iowa Judges Association and the National Association of Women Judges.
  
District Associate Judge, Robert J. Richter: District 1A
Judge Richter, Sherrill, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 2000, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Richter was an assistant county attorney in Dubuque from 2004 to 2011.
  
Associate Juvenile Judge, Alan D. Allbee: District 1B
Judge Allbee, West Union, was appointed to the bench in 1990. He was born in West Union, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa for both undergraduate and law school. He graduated from law school in 1977. Judge Allbee spent 12 years in private practice, but also worked as an assistant county attorney, city attorney, and part-time juvenile referee. Judge Allbee is a member of the Iowa Judges Association Juvenile Court Committee, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the juvenile and family law section of the Iowa Bar Association.
  
Associate Juvenile Judge, Daniel L. Block: District 1B
Judge Block, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. In 1989 he graduated from Creighton University and began his law career serving as assistant Black Hawk county attorney from 1990-1996. He was in private practice from 1996 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Block is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Block also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He is married and has three children.
  
Associate Juvenile Judge, Thomas J. Straka: District 1A
Judge Thomas Straka, Peosta, was appointed to serve Dubuque County as a magistrate in 2005, and appointed to the bench as an Associate Juvenile Judge in 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1991, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1995. He served as law clerk for the Sarpy County Juvenile Court and was former secretary of the Dubuque County Bar Association and President of the Young Lawyers Division. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Straka practiced primarily in the area of family and criminal law.
Senior Judge, James C. Bauch: District 1B
Judge Bauch, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1985. Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, he earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Iowa. After law school, he served in the Unites States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972. From 1973 to 1978, Judge Bauch was in West Germany, serving on the defense counsel. He has also worked as Black Hawk assistant County attorney and Black Hawk County attorney. Judge Bauch is a member of the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Association. He is married with four children.
Senior Judge, Stephen C. Clarke: District 1B
Judge Clarke, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1984 serving first as an associate juvenile court judge and then being appointed district court judge in 1997. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Conception (MO)Seminary College in 1967. In 1973 he graduated with his law degree from the University of Mississippi. In addition to four years of private practice, he served as Black Hawk County public defender, and worked at the Central Mississippi Services before being appointed to the associate juvenile bench. Judge Clarke is a member of the Iowa Judges Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He co-chairs the Iowa Supreme Court Select Committee to Review State Court Practices in Child Welfare Matters. Judge Clarke is married with two sons.
Senior Judge, James D. Coil: District 1B
Judge Coil, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 1973 and his law degree from Creighton University in 1977. Judge Coil served in the Iowa Air National Guard from 1970 to 1978. After graduating, he worked as special prosecutor in Judicial District 1B and in 1979 worked as assistant Black Hawk County attorney. Judge Coil went into private practice from 1983 until his appointment to the bench. He is a member of the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, along with the Iowa Judges Association.
Magistrate Andrew Abbott
Magistrate Andy Abbott was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and his law degree from University of Iowa in 2002. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and Black Hawk County Bar Association. He is a past member of the Grievance Commission.
Magistrate Joseph Haskovec
Magistrate Joseph Haskovec was appointed to serve Howard County in 2012.
Magistrate Charles R. Kelly, Jr.
Magistrate Charles R. Kelly, Jr. Magistrate Charles Kelly, Jr. was appointed to serve Winneshiek County in 2013.
Magistrate Benjamin Lange
Magistrate Benjamin Lange was appointed to serve Buchanan County in 2013.
Magistrate Katherine J. Langlas
Magistrate Katherine J. Langlas, Waterloo, was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 1989. She earned her bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University in 1974. She worked for court administration in First Judicial District before her appointment.
Magistrate Daniel McClean
Magistrate Daniel McClean was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2005.
Magistrate Joseph Goodwin Martin
Magistrate Joseph Goodwin Martin was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and his law degree from Drake University in in 2007. He has been in private practice since 2007. Judge Martin is a member of the Black Hawk County Barr Association and Iowa State Bar Association.
Magistrate Patricia R. Meany
Magistrate Patricia R. Meany was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 1978. Magistrate Meany was a paralegal with Rapp and Gilliam, Attorneys at Law and in the Black Hawk County Attorneyís Office.
Magistrate Nathaniel C. Moonen
Magistrate Nathaniel C. Moonen was appointed to serve Winneshiek County in November of 2014. Magistrate Moonen was born and raised in Dubuque County and moved to Winneshiek County in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been practicing in the Moonen Law Offices located in Ossian and Epworth, Iowa.
Magistrate Barry S. Mueller
Magistrate Barry S. Mueller, Postville, was appointed to serve Allamakee County in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976 and his law degree from Drake University in 1980. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and Judicial Magistrates of Limited Jurisdiction Association. Mueller is married and has two sons.
Magistrate John Nemmers
Magistrate John Nemmers was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2006.
Magistrate Emilie Roth Richardson
Magistrate Richardson was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa in 1998 and her law degree in 2004. Magistrate Richardson has been in private practice since 1998.
Magistrate Dawn Newcomb
Magistrate Dawn Newcomb was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and her J.D. in 1994. Magistrate Newcomb served as a law clerk for the First Judicial District and in private practice before her appointment.
Magistrate Christine B. Skilton
Magistrate Christine B. Skilton was appointed to serve Chickasaw County in 1993. She received her undergraduate degree in 1980 and her law degree in 1983, both from Drake University. Magistrate Skilton practiced law in Kentucky and Virginia, and returned to Iowa in 1992 to join Cronin, Skilton & Skilton, P.L.L.C. The firm has law offices in Nashua and Charles City.
Magistrate John Sullivan
Magistrate John Sullivan was appointed to serve Fayette County in 2006.
Magistrate Justin Vorwald
Magistrate Vorwald was appointed to serve Clayton County in 2013.
Magistrate Larry F. Woods
Magistrate Larry F. Woods, Oelwein, was appointed to serve Fayette County in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University and in 1977, and received his law degree from Drake University.
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