Judge Coppola, Des Moines, was appointed to the bench in July 2001. She received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University in 1973. She graduated with honors, Order of Coif, from Drake University in 1980. Judge Coppola had been in private practice for 21 years. While in private practice she served on many committees including the Client Security Commission, Polk County Family Law Committee, and the Polk County Grievance Committee. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association.