Judge Ackerman has been a lifelong resident of Woodbury County, Iowa. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morningside College in Sioux City with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979. Subsequently, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982 with High Distinction. Judge Ackerman was in private practice with the Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa, from 1982 until he was appointed to the bench in September 1997. Judge Ackerman participated in the creation of the Woodbury County Drug Court in 1999 and continues to be involved in that court and serves as the presiding district court judge. Judge Ackerman has served on the Board of Directors for the Siouxland Community Soup Kitchen since its inception in 1987. Judge Ackerman is a member of the Iowa State and Woodbury County Bar Associations. Judge Ackerman became a Senior Judge in 2017.