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Judicial Nominating Commission begins process for selecting nominees for Court of Appeals vacancy

The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy on the court that will occur when Judge Michael R. Mullins retires on January 13, 2022. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on September 23, 2021.  The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.  

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Iowa Supreme Court Statement Encouraging Pro Bono Services and Cady Day of Service

This year, as The Iowa State Bar Association celebrates Pro Bono Month and the legacy of the late Chief Justice Mark Cady, Chief Justice Christensen, on behalf of the Iowa Supreme Court, is encouraging attorneys to pledge to provide at least 22 hours of pro bono service in 2022. You can read Chief Justice Christensen’s letter to Iowa attorneys in full here.

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In the Balance Releases 14th Episode

In this month’s episode, we are sitting down with court of appeals judge Michael Mullins out of Washington, Iowa. To learn about his nontraditional path to the bench, the effect his background in social work had on his approach to his legal practice, and the case that left a lasting impact on him over the course of his career, keep listening.

https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/in-the-balance-podcast/2021/09/28/episode-14-an-interview-with-court-of-appeals-judge-michael-mullins

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Robert Gast Named State Court Administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch

The Iowa Supreme Court named Robert Gast state court administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch. The state court administrator is responsible for the day-to-day management of Iowa's state court system. Gast is currently the District Court Administrator for the Fourth Judicial District that includes the counties of Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby.

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