Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus
Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, Des Moines, was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court
in 1993 by Governor Terry Branstad. The members
of the court selected her as chief justice in 2006. She was the first woman to
serve as chief justice of Iowa's highest court.
Justice Ternus is a native of Iowa, growing up on a
farm in northern Benton County and graduating from Vinton High School in 1969.
She received her bachelor's degree with honors and high distinction, Phi Beta
Kappa, from the University of Iowa in 1972. She earned her law degree with
honors, Order of the Coif, from Drake University Law School in 1977. While at
Drake, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Law Review.
Before joining the supreme court, Chief
Justice Ternus worked in the private practice of law
in the Des Moines law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave,
with a primary emphasis on civil litigation and insurance law.