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Kurt L. Wilke

Chief Judge: District 2

Judge Wilke, Fort Dodge, was appointed to the bench in 1992. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1970, and his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1974. Judge Wilke was in private practice in Fort Dodge from 1974 until his appointment to...

Thomas J. Bice

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Bice, Fort Dodge, was appointed to the bench in November of 2008. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1969. He graduated Order of the Coif from Drake University Law School in 1972. Judge Bice was in private practice for 36 years prior to his...

Rustin T. Davenport

District Court Judge: District 2A

Judge Davenport, Mason City, was appointed to the bench in October of 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1982 and his law degree, with Distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1985. Judge Davenport was a Law Clerk for the Second Judicial District from 1985-1986, a...

James M. Drew

Assistant Chief Judge: District 2A

Judge Drew, Hampton, was appointed to the bench in February of 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Iowa (With Distinction) in 1985. Judge Drew was in private practice from 1986 -...

James C. Ellefson

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Ellefson, Marshalltown, was appointed to the bench in February of 2012. He earned his Bachelor's degree From Wartburg in 1974 and graduated with Honors from Drake Law School in 1977. Judge Ellefson Clerked for Robert G. Allbee, Chief Judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals (1977 - 1978) and...

Timothy J. Finn

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Finn, Ames, was appointed to the bench in 1987. He was born in Jefferson, Iowa, in 1948. Judge Finn went to the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1971 and then attended Drake University, where he received his law degree in 1974. He practiced law...

Christopher C. Foy

District Court Judge: District 2A

Judge Foy, Waverly, was appointed to the bench in December of 2007. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. He graduated with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1987. Judge Foy practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota from...

John J. Haney

District Court Judge

Judge Haney, Marshalltown, was appointed to the District Court bench in May of 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Marshalltown. He received an AA degree with honors Marshalltown Community College in 1991; BA degree with honors from Grinnell College honors in 1993; and his law degree...

Adria Kester

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Kester was appointed to the district court in July of 2017. She earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1994, and her law degree from Drake University School of Law in 1998. Judge Kester was an Assistant Public Defender, in private practice for six years, the Assistant...

James A. McGlynn

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge McGlynn, Webster City, was appointed to the district court bench in November 2012. He served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge from September 1999 until his appointment as a District Court Judge. Judge McGlynn earned his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1972. He graduated from Creighton University School...

Steven J. Oeth

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Oeth, Ogden, was appointed to the associate court bench in June of 1997 and the District Court bench in June 2010. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Judge Oeth went to Drake University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1978 and his law degree in 1982. From 1984 to 1997,...

William C. Ostlund

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Ostlund, Jefferson, was appointed to the bench in 1994. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate education. After graduating in 1969, he went on to law school at the University of Wyoming and earned his degree in 1972. He clerked for Justice...

Gregg Rosenbladt

District Court Judge: District 2A

Judge Rosenbladt, Mason City, was appointed to the district bench in August, 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed as a District Associate Judge in October, 2008. Judge Rosenbladt earned his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 1984 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1987. He...

DeDra L. Schroeder

District Court Judge: District 2A

Judge Schroeder, Osage, was appointed to the district bench in May of 2012. Judge Schroeder graduated from the University of Iowa in 1991, and earned her law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1994. Judge Schroeder practiced law in private practice until her appointment to the district bench...

Kurt J. Stoebe

District Court Judge: District 2B

Judge Stoebe, Humboldt, was appointed as a District Associate Judge in July 2006, and then appointed to the District Court bench in February 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 1977, and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1980. Stoebe has...

Colleen D. Weiland

District Court Judge: District 2A

Judge Weiland, Mason City, was appointed to the district bench in July of 2007. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Judge Weiland engaged in the private practice of law for four years and has instructed for North Iowa Area Community College and Buena Vista...

Paul B. Ahlers

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Ahlers, Webster City, was appointed to the bench in March of 2011. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Finance degree in 1991 and from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1994. From 1994 to 2008 Judge Ahlers practiced in a private law firm. From 2008...

Paul G. Crawford

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Crawford, Marshalltown, was appointed to the bench in January of 2016. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University in 1981 with a BA in Organizational Communications and from the University Of Iowa School Of Law in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 Judge Crawford was an assistant Story County...

Angela L. Doyle

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Doyle, Fort Dodge, was appointed to the bench in March of 2011. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Creighton in 1982, graduating Summa cum laude. In 1984 she earned her law degree from Creighton School of Law, graduating Magna cum laude. Judge Doyle clerked for Norman Krivosha, Chief Justice...

James B. Malloy

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Malloy was appointed to the district associate bench in October of 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1976, M.ED. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980 and law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1984. Judge Malloy was a magistrate from 1997 -...

Peter B. Newell

District Associate Judge: District 2A

Judge Newell, Waverly, was appointed to the bench in 1995. Born in Yale, Michigan, he received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in 1984. He attended Drake University Law School and graduated in 1987. Judge Newell is a member of the 2A and Iowa State Bar Associations.

Stephen A. Owen

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Owen was appointed to the bench in July of 2012. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State in 1990, and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1996. Judge Owen has been in private practice and has worked for the public defender in Story and Boone...

Kim Riley

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Riley, Marshalltown, was appointed as a District Associate Judge effective October 7, 2000. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Sioux Falls College in 1985 and her law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1988. After receiving her law degree, Judge Riley served as a law clerk for...

Karen Kaufman Salic

District Associate Judge: District 2A

Judge Salic, Garner, was raised near Manson, Iowa, and graduated from Buena Vista College before obtaining her law degree from Southern Methodist University. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Salic was in private practice for two years, an assistant Hancock and Kossuth County Attorney for one year and the...

Steven P. Van Marel

District Associate Judge: District 2B

Judge Van Marel, Ames, was appointed to the bench in 1987. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he attended Iowa State University. After earning his degree in community and regional planning in 1980, Judge Van Marel went to the University of Iowa and received his law degree in 1983. He...

Stephen P. Carroll

Senior Judge: District 2A

Judge Carroll, Hampton, was appointed to the bench in 1985. He earned his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his law degree from Drake University.

Lawrence Jahn

Senior Judge: District 2B

Judge Jahn, Ames, was appointed as a District Associate Judge effective October, 2005. As a graduate of the University of Illinois, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1972 and his master's in 1976. In 1982 he received his law degree from the University of Iowa and practiced law with a...

Gary McMinimee

Senior Judge: District 2B

Judge McMinimee, Carroll, was appointed to the bench in 1988. Born in Carroll, Iowa, he earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Iowa in 1968 and his law degree in 1972 from Fordham Law School, where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. From...

Dale E. Ruigh

Senior Judge: Distrct 2B

Judge Ruigh, Ames, was appointed to the bench in 1981. He was born in Mason City, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate education. After graduating in 1971, he went on to earn his law degree in 1974 from the University of Iowa. He went into private practice...

Rolf Aronsen

Magistrate

Magistrate Aronsen was appointed to serve Cerro Gordo County in August of 2009. He graduated from Augustana in 1973 and Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978.

Warren L. Bush

Magistrate

Magistrate Warren L. Bush, Wall Lake, was appointed to serve Sac County in 1987. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1970 with his bachelor's degree and earned his law degree from Arizona State University in 1973. He has practiced law with firms in Carroll and Wall Lake, Iowa....

Patrick B. Byrne

Magistrate

Magistrate Patrick B. Byrne Magistrate Byrne was appointed to serve Cerro Gordo County in August of 2009. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981, and from Drake University Law School, with Honors, in 1983. Mr. Byrne was the assistant County Attorney for Carroll, Greene, Crawford, Audubon, Shelby,...

Timothy A. Casperson

Magistrate

Magistrate Timothy A. Casperson was appointed to serve in Winnebago County in December of 2013. He previously served as the Magistrate in Hancock County for six years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in...

Marilyn J. Dettmer

Magistrate

Magistrate Marilyn J. Dettmer was appointed to serve Floyd County in January of 2008. She attended Wartburg College where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1972, obtained her master's degree from UNI in 1989, and her J.D., with Honors, from Drake Law School in 1991. Ms. Dettmer was in private...

Jean McNeil Dunn

Magistrate

Magistrate Jean McNeil Dunn was appointed to serve Hardin County in 2002. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa with distinction in 1976 and her law degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. She is married with three children.

Dani L. Eisentrager

Magistrate

Magistrate Eisentrager was appointed to serve Wright County in 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University in 2003 and her law degree from the Drake University Law School in 2006, graduating with High Honors. Eisentrager has been in private practice since 2006 and was the Eagle Grove...

Daniel J. Gonnerman

Magistrate

Magistrate Gonnerman was appointed to serve Boone County in August 2013. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 and earned his law degree from Drake University in 1994. He served as an Assistant County Attorney for Boone and Story Counties for 10 years and has been in private practice...

Joseline L. Greenley

Magistrate

Magistrate Joseline L. Greenley was appointed to serve Hamilton County in 1993.

William H. Habhab

Magistrate

Magistrate Habhab was appointed to serve Webster County in June of 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1977, and his law degree from Drake University in 1980. He was a former Assistant County Attorney and has been in private practice since 1980. Magistrate Habhab...

Barry S. Kaplan

Magistrate

Magistrate Kaplan was appointed to serve Marshall County in June of 2014. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1972 and earned his law degree from Drake University in 1975. Kaplan is a member of the Marshall County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association.

Stephen G. Kersten

Magistrate

Magistrate Stephen G. Kersten was appointed to serve Webster County in 1992.

Douglas A. Krull

Magistrate

Magistrate Douglas A. Krull was appointed to serve Worth County in 2005. He graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1981 and earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1984. He served as Worth County Attorney from 1986 - 1998 and as city attorney for Manly since 2002....

Nicholas T. Larson

Magistrate

Magistrate Nicholas T. Larson was appointed to serve Mitchell County in June of 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his law degree from the University of Iowa Law School in 2007. He served as an Assistant County Attorney from 2007-2010, and is currently in private...

Andrea M. Miller

Magistrate

Magistrate Andrea M. Miller, Hampton, has been appointed to serve Franklin County in August 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, in 1993, Cum Laude, and her law degree from the University of Iowa Law School in 1999. She has served as a law clerk...

Amy Moore

Magistrate

Magistrate Amy Moore was appointed to serve Story County in 2016. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1999 and earned her law degree from Creighton University in 2002. She is a member of the Iowa State and Story County Bar Associations.

David Frederick Morain

Magistrate

Magistrate David Frederick Morain, Jefferson, was appointed to serve Greene County July 1, 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from Simpson College in 2003 and his J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2006. Magistrate Morain is in private practice in Jefferson and is a member of the Iowa State...

A. Eric Neu

Magistrate

Magistrate A. Eric Neu, Carroll, was appointed to serve Carroll County in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1989 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. He served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Harris from 1993 to 1994....

Kevin M. O'Hare

Magistrate

Magistrate O'Hare, Marshalltown, was appointed to serve Marshall County on September 2000. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982. He has been in private practice since July 1982. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar...

Ronald J. Pepples

Magistrate

Magistrate Ronald J. Pepples was appointed to serve Butler County in 1981.

Andrew J. Smith

Magistrate

Magistrate Andrew J. Smith was appointed to serve Calhoun County in January of 2016. He graduated from Truman State University in 1995 with a BA in Communications and from the University Of Iowa School Of Law in 1998 with High Distinction. Magistrate Smith clerked for the 5th Judicial District before...

Greg Stoebe

Magistrate

Magistrate Greg Stoebe was appointed to serve Humboldt County in July 2006. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in 1973 and earned his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1976, graduating Cum Laude. Mr. Stoebe has been practicing law for 30 years....

Karen Thalacker

Magistrate

Magistrate Karen Thalacker Magistrate Thalacker was appointed to serve Bremer County in August of 2009. She graduated from Wartburg College in 1988, and received her law degree from Drake University Law School. She served as an Assistant County Attorney in Black Hawk County from 1991 - 1994, was in private...

William J. Thatcher

Magistrate

Magistrate William J. Thatcher was appointed to serve Webster County in 1979.

Ronald J. Wagenaar

Magistrate

Magistrate Ronald J. Wagenaar, Mason City, was appointed to serve Cerro Gordo County in September 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern College, Orange City, in 1981 and his law degree from the University of Washington Law School, Seattle Washington, in 1984. Magistrate Wagenaar was a staff attorney for...

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