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, Iowa State and American Bar Associations and is also a member of the Iowa Judges Association. She was appointed Chief Judge of the First Judicial District in January, 2012.