Magistrate Heather Dickinson, Des Moines, was appointed to serve Polk County on August 1, 2005. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her undergraduate degree in 1981. She received her law degree from Drake University in 1984 and obtained her LLM in International Corporate Law from the London School of Economics in 1985. She has served as bank counsel, assistant county attorney and is in private practice in Des Moines. She is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, is married and has two children.