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 the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, Board of Directors of the Iowa Judges Association, American Bar Association, Courts and Community Committee of Iowa Judges Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association Jury Instructions Committee. She was appointed Chief Judge of the First District in January of 2012.