Judge Nicol, West Union, was appointed to the bench in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from Luther College in 1987 and her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Nicol served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa, now known as Iowa Legal Aid, and the Juvenile Public Defender’s Office, Waterloo, Iowa. She is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Iowa Judges Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association. She serves on the Supreme Court of Iowa Family First Prevention Services Act Committee and the Child Protection Council and State Citizen Review Panel. Judge Nicol is married and has two children.