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 Warren J. Rees of the Iowa Supreme Court after law school and then went into private practice. He also served as a judicial magistrate and juvenile referee. Judge Ostlund is married with two children.