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The Iowa Court of Appeals is composed of nine judges.  Appointments to the court are made by the governor from a list of nominees submitted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission.  To be considered for appointment a person must be an attorney licensed to practice in Iowa.   

A court of appeals judge serves an initial term of office that is one year after appointment and until January 1 following the next judicial retention election after expiration of such year.  The regular term of office of judges retained at election is six years.  A judge must retire upon reaching the age of 72.  A retired judge may serve as a senior judge if assigned by the supreme court to the senior judge program.

Every two years, the court of appeals judges elect the chief judge of the court of appeals.  The chief judge serves as the administrative head of the court.

David Danilson

Chief Judge

Chief Judge Danilson, Boone, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2009. He was born in Perry, Iowa and raised on a farm north of Woodward, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1976. He graduated from Creighton Law School in 1979. Judge Danilson was...

Gayle Nelson Vogel

Judge

Judge Vogel, Spirit Lake, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1996. She was born in Rockford, Illinois and graduated cum laude from Rockford College in 1971. In 1983 she graduated from Drake University Law School, Order of the Coif. Following law school, she worked in the private practice...

Anuradha Vaitheswaran

Judge

Judge Vaitheswaran was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1999. She attended high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Judge Vaitheswaran received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College. She attended the University of Iowa, earning a law degree and Master's in political science. Judge Vaitheswaran was a law clerk to...

Amanda Potterfield

Judge

Judge Potterfield, Tiffin, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2008. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. Judge Potterfield attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1969. She received her law degree, with honors, from the National...

Richard H. Doyle

Judge

Judge Doyle, Des Moines, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2008. He was born in Elgin, Illinois, and raised in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. He received his bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1971. He then served in the United States Army for two years before attending Drake University...

Mary Tabor

Court of Appeals; Judge

Judge Tabor, Des Moines, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2010. She was born in Maquoketa and raised on her family's farm in Jackson County. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in...

Michael R. Mullins

Judge

Judge Michael R. Mullins, Washington, was appointed as an 8th District Court judge in 2002 and to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2011. He received his bachelor's degree from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri in 1974; his M.S.W. from the University of Iowa in 1976; and he was editor-in-chief...

Thomas N. Bower

Judge

Judge Bower, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in January 2012. Judge Bower received his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1984 and his law degree from Drake University in 1987. Judge Bower was appointed to the district associate court bench in 1993 and the...

Christopher McDonald

Judge

Judge McDonald, Des Moines, was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in September 2013. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Judge McDonald earned his undergraduate degree from Grand View University in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001, where he graduated...

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