Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from 1978 until his retirement in 2000. He served as chief
justice from 1987 to 2000.
A native of Ottumwa,
Iowa, he served two tours of duty in the United State Army. He attended the
University of Iowa and earned his bachelor's and law degrees in 1951 and 1956
respectively. He practiced law in Ottumwa and served as a part-time municipal
judge. He was appointed to the Iowa District Court in 1965. During part of his
term on the district court, he served as assistant chief judge, and, later as
chief judge of the district. Justice McGiverin was president of the Conference
of Chief Justices in 1996-1997 and as such served as chair of the board of
directors of the National Center for State Courts. He also served as a member
of the board of directors of the State Justice Institute, a federal corporation
dedicated to assisting state courts.