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Kellyann M. Lekar

Chief Judge: District 1B

Judge Lekar, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. She was in private practice prior to her appointment to the bench. Judge Lekar is a member of...

Monica Wittig

District Court Judge: District 1A

District Court Judge Monica Ackley, Dubuque, was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 1997 as a magistrate and to the district court bench in 2003. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 and her law degree in 1990. She worked as a...

John J. Bauercamper

District Court Judge (Asst. Chief): District 1A

Judge Bauercamper, Waukon, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Cresco, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He practiced law privately, as well as serving as Allamakee County attorney...

Thomas A. Bitter

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Bitter, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1996. Judge Bitter was in private practice in Dubuque prior to being appointed to the bench. He is a member...

Joel A. Dalrymple

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Dalrymple, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2012. He was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1996, he earned his law degree from Drake University Law School. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge...

Andrea J. Dryer

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Dryer, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 2011. She is a University of Iowa graduate, where she received both her undergraduate degree and law degree. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Dryer had worked in the Waterloo public defender’s office since 2004. Prior to working for...

Linda Fangman

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Fangman, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 1992, and her law degree from Drake Law School in 1995. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Fangman served as Assistant Marshall County Attorney and as Assistant Black Hawk...

Bradley J. Harris

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Harris, Grundy Center, was appointed to the bench in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 1976, and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1980. Judge Harris is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Grundy County Bar Association, as well as...

Margaret L. Lingreen

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Lingreen, Postville, was appointed to the bench in 1991. She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1974. In 1977, she earned her law degree from the same institution. She practiced law with a private firm and served as assistant Allamakee...

David P. Odekirk

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Odekirk, Black Hawk, was appointed to the bench in 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1989, and his law degree from the same institution in 1993. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Odekirk was in private practice from 1995 until 2015....

Michael J. Shubatt

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Shubatt, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2008. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in 1987, and his law degree in 1990. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a shareholder in the Dubuque law firm of Fuerste, Carew, Coyle,...

David F. Staudt

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Staudt, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Iowa, and his law degree in 1993 from Drake University Law School. Judge Staudt was in private practice until joining the Waterloo public defender’s office in 1997 where he...

George Stigler

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Stigler, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 1978. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his law degree from the University of Iowa.

Richard D. Stochl

District Court Judge: District 1B

District Court Judge, Richard D. Stochl: District 1B Judge Stochl, New Hampton, was appointed to the bench in 2007. He graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University in 1986. He obtained his Law Degree from the University of Iowa in 1989. Prior to his appointment to the bench he...

Jeffrey L. Harris

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Harris, Grundy Center, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1977. He began his law career with the United States Army and served until 1989. Prior to...

Mark T. Hostager

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Hostager, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Luther College. In 1988, he graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and also received a MBA degree. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Hostager taught...

Brook Jacobsen

District Associate Judge

Judge Jacobsen, was appointed to the bench in 2017.

Joseph Moothart

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Moothart, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1985. Born in Cresco, he received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1977. He was in private practice in Cedar Falls from 1977 until 1985. He is a...

Linnea Marie Nelson Nicol

District Associate Judge

Judge Nicol, West Union, was appointed to the bench in January of 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as staff attorney for Legal Services of Iowa and Assistant Public Defender. Judge Nicol graduated from Luther College with her bachelor's degree and earned her law degree from Valparaiso School of...

Stephanie C. Rattenborg

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Rattenborg, Manchester, was appointed to the bench in August of 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as a magistrate in Delaware County since 1996. Judge Rattenborg graduated from the University of Iowa in 1990 with her bachelor's degree, and earned her law degree from Drake University in 1994....

Robert J. Richter

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Richter, Sherrill, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 2000, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Richter was an assistant county attorney in...

William Patrick Wegman

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Wegman was appointed to the bench in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1991 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1994. Prior to being appointed to the bench he was in private practice in Des Moines and Charles City. He...

Alan D. Allbee

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 1B

Judge Allbee, West Union, was appointed to the bench in 1990. He was born in West Union, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa for both undergraduate and law school. He graduated from law school in 1977. Judge Allbee spent 12 years in private practice, but also worked as an...

Daniel L. Block

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 1B

Judge Block, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. In 1989 he graduated from Creighton University and began his law career serving as assistant Black Hawk county attorney from 1990-1996. He was in private practice from...

Thomas J. Straka

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 1A

Judge Thomas Straka, Peosta, was appointed to serve Dubuque County as a magistrate in 2005, and appointed to the bench as an Associate Juvenile Judge in 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1991, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law...

James C. Bauch

Senior Judge: District 1B

Judge Bauch, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1985. Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, he earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Iowa. After law school, he served in the Unites States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972. From 1973 to 1978, Judge Bauch...

Nathan A. Callahan

Senior Judge

Judge Callahan, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1979 and his law degree from Lewis and Clark in 1984. Judge Callahan served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1972 to 1976. After graduating from law school,...

Stephen C. Clarke

Senior Judge: District 1B

Judge Clarke, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1984 serving first as an associate juvenile court judge and then being appointed district court judge in 1997. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Conception (MO)Seminary College in 1967. In 1973 he graduated...

James D. Coil

Senior Judge: District 1B

Judge Coil, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 1973 and his law degree from Creighton University in 1977. Judge Coil served in the Iowa Air National Guard from 1970 to 1978. After graduating,...

Andrew Abbott

Magistrate

Magistrate Andy Abbott was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and his law degree from University of Iowa in 2002. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and...

Matthew Boleyn

Magistrate

Magistrate Matthew Boleyn was appointed to serve in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from Clarke University in 2008 and his law degree from University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2012. He has been in private practice in Dubuque since 2012.

Mary Beth Fleming

Magistrate

Magistrate Mary Beth Fleming was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2017. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Xavier University in 1991 and her law degree from University of Iowa in 1995. She has worked in private practice since 1995.

Joseph Haskovec

Magistrate

Magistrate Joseph Haskovec was appointed to serve Howard County in 2012.

David A. Kuehner

Magistrate

Magistrate David Kuehner was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2018. He earned his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1995 and his law degree from Drake University in 2002. He has been in private practice since then.

Benjamin Lange

Magistrate

Magistrate Benjamin Lange was appointed to serve Buchanan County in 2013.

Rick Lubben

Magistrate

Magistrate Rick Lubben was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1980 and his law degree from Drake University in 1983. He has been in private practice in La Porte City since 1983.

Daniel McClean

Magistrate

Magistrate Daniel McClean was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2005.

Joseph Goodwin Martin

Magistrate

Magistrate Joseph Goodwin Martin was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and his law degree from Drake University in in 2007. He has been in private practice since 2007. Judge Martin is a member of the...

Nathaniel C. Moonen

Magistrate

Magistrate Nathaniel C. Moonen was appointed to serve Winneshiek County in November of 2014. Magistrate Moonen was born and raised in Dubuque County and moved to Winneshiek County in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been practicing in the Moonen...

Barry S. Mueller

Magistrate

Magistrate Barry S. Mueller, Postville, was appointed to serve Allamakee County in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976 and his law degree from Drake University in 1980. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and Judicial...

Emilie Roth Richardson

Magistrate

Magistrate Richardson was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa in 1998 and her law degree in 2004. Magistrate Richardson has been in private practice since 1998.

Dawn Newcomb

Magistrate

Magistrate Dawn Newcomb was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and her J.D. in 1994. Magistrate Newcomb served as a law clerk for the First Judicial District and in private practice before her appointment.

Christin B. Skilton

Magistrate

Magistrate Christine B. Skilton was appointed to serve Chickasaw County in 1993. She received her undergraduate degree in 1980 and her law degree in 1983, both from Drake University. Magistrate Skilton practiced law in Kentucky and Virginia, and returned to Iowa in 1992 to join Cronin, Skilton & Skilton, P.L.L.C....

John Sullivan

Magistrate

Magistrate John Sullivan was appointed to serve Fayette County in 2006.

Justin Vorwald

Magistrate

Magistrate Vorwald was appointed to serve Clayton County in 2013.

Julian West

Magistrate

Magistrate Julian West was appointed to serveBuchanan County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 2006 and his law degree in 2011 from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Larry F. Woods

Magistrate

Magistrate Larry F. Woods, Oelwein, was appointed to serve Fayette County in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University and in 1977, and received his law degree from Drake University.

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