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

October 6, 2021

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.  

The deadline for applications to be received by the Commission and the Commissioners to be considered for balloting is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Any citizen may submit in writing to the Secretary of the Commission, or to any Commissioner via email at the email addresses listed on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at and also listed below, the names of persons for consideration as a candidate for nomination and express views concerning such candidate.  For comments regarding an applicant to be considered by the Commission, communications from the public must be received by the Commissioners via email by 11:59 P.M. on November 5, 2021. Please note that comments provided to the Commissioners may be subject to disclosure pursuant to Iowa’s Open Records Laws. 

Applications can be obtained on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at the website address listed above. The State and District Judicial Nominating Commissions Uniform Rules of Procedure adopted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission are available at

Once the application time has run, the Commission will release the names of all applicants along with information about each applicant's background, experience, and qualifications. This list and other information about the Commission and Iowa's merit selection process will be available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website:

Depending on the number of candidates requesting interviews, the Commission has set aside November 9-10, 2021, to interview applicants and select three nominees to submit to the Governor for appointment. The interviews will be in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines. The interview portion of the meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel,

The 17-member Commission is composed of eight commissioners elected by lawyers licensed to practice law in Iowa and nine commissioners appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate.

Important Notice to Applicants: To be eligible for appointment to the court, a person must be a resident of Iowa, licensed to practice law in Iowa, and must be of such age that he or she will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before reaching the age of 72.  The first regular six-year term of office for this opening commences January 1, 2025, assuming the appointee is retained on the retention ballot. To be considered for balloting, an applicant must email his or her application and supporting materials to the Commission via email to [email protected] and to each member of the Commission at the email addresses listed below so that the application and supporting materials are received by the Commission and Commissioners by 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, October 28, 2021. The candidates for nomination must email to the Commission and all Commissioners a single PDF version of the completed Joint Judicial Application that includes all attachments thereto, a single PDF version of the Judicial Background Application that includes all attachments thereto, and a single PDF version of any writing samples.  

The names and email addresses of the State Judicial Nominating Commission members are:

Kathleen Law, Des Moines, Iowa; [email protected]

Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge, Iowa; [email protected]


Bill Anderson
[email protected]

Henry Bevel
[email protected]

Jen Chase
[email protected]

John Gray
[email protected]

Dustin Graber
[email protected]

Cheryl Hanson 
[email protected]

Dan Huitink
[email protected]

Kathleen Law
[email protected]

Dorothy O’Brien
[email protected]

Alfredo Parrish
[email protected]

Kathy Pearson
[email protected]

Helen Sinclair
[email protected]

Leon Spies
[email protected]

Quentin Stanerson

[email protected]

Kristina Stanger
[email protected]

Steve Sukup
(c) 515-238-6563; (w) 641-892-4222
[email protected]

Janece M. Valentine
[email protected]

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