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Patrick R. Grady

Chief Judge

Judge Grady, Cedar Rapids, was appointed as a full-time juvenile referee in 1989, was appointed to the district court bench in 1995, and was named Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District in 2009. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended Creighton University, where he received his bachelor's degree...

Lars G. Anderson

District Court Judge

Judge Anderson, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench in July 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Luther College in 1992 and his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was in private practice...

Marsha Bergan

District Court Judge

Judge Bergan was appointed to serve Johnson County as a magistrate in 1988. She was appointed to serve as a District Court Judge in 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree from Luther College in 1973 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1977. Judge Bergan served as...

Christopher L. Bruns

District Court Judge

Judge Bruns, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench on December 17, 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Drake University in 1988 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1991, Order of the Coif. After graduation from law school, Judge Bruns was...

Andrew B. Chappell

District Court Judge

Judge Chappell, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench on February 10, 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracies from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1994 and his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Iowa College...

Mary E. Chicchelly

District Court Judge

Judge Chicchelly, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench in March 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1989 and her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1992. Prior to being appointed, Judge Chicchelly was a judicial clerk for District...

Fae Hoover-Grinde

District Court Judge

Judge Hoover-Grinde, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge on December 9, 2003. In 2007 she was appointed to the bench as a district court judge. She was born in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and raised in Marion, Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell...

Chad A. Kepros

District Court Judge

Judge Kepros, North Liberty, was appointed to the district court bench in February 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996, with high honors. He worked as a private attorney and mediator in...

Kevin McKeever

District Court Judge

Judge McKeever, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench on September 30, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2001. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was an Officer with the United States Navy...

Sean W. McPartland

District Court Judge

Judge Sean W. McPartland is a district court judge in the Sixth Judicial District of Iowa, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Judge McPartland was appointed to the district court bench in 2008 after practicing in general civil litigation with law firms in Kansas City, Missouri (1984-1989) and in Cedar Rapids,...

Paul D. Miller

District Court Judge

Judge Miller, Iowa City, was appointed to the district court bench in June of 2010. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973. He received his J.D. in 1976. Prior to his appointment, he spent many years in private practice.

Ian K. Thornhill

District Court Judge

Judge Thornhill, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the district court bench September 25, 2009, and began his career as a district judge October 23, 2009. He received his B.B.A., from The University of Iowa in 1989. In 1991 he received his M.B.A. from The University of Iowa, and in 1998...

Mitchell E. Turner

District Court Judge

Judge Turner, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the district court bench in 2005. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his bachelor's degree in 1976. He earned his law degree from The University of Iowa in 1979. He has spent 26 years in private practice. Judge Turner is a...

Jason A. Burns

District Associate Judge

Judge Burns, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench on August 18, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Justice Systems from Truman State University in 1999 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2002. He was an Assistant Linn County Attorney from 2002 until his appointment...

Casey D. Jones

District Associate Judge

Judge Jones, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1990. Prior to being appointed, Judge Jones worked as a Federal Public Defender and...

Russell Glen Keast

Judge Keast, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in 2006. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1982 and his law degree from Drake University in 1985. He was in private practice after obtaining his law degree and served as...

Barbara H. Liesveld

District Associate Judge

Judge Liesveld, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge on August 30, 2006. She was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1977, with honors. She received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Iowa...

Deborah Farmer Minot

District Associate Judge

Judge Minot, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge on April 30, 2010. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University in 1980. After receiving her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983, she served as Assistant State's Attorney...

Angeline Wilson

District Associate Judge

Judge Wilson, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in 2007.

Nicholas L. Scott

District Associate Judge

Judge Scott, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge on August 31, 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2001. He was in private practice after obtaining his...

Susan Flaherty

Associate Juvenile Judge

Judge Flaherty, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench in 1995. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she earned her bachelor's degree from Loras College in 1980. She then went to the University of Iowa where she received her law degree in 1983. From 1984 to 1995, Judge Flaherty served at the...

Robert E. Sosalla

Senior Judge

Judge Sosalla, Marion, was appointed to bench as a district associate judge in 1982. On October 30, 2003, he was appointed as a district court judge. Born in Carrington, North Dakota, he earned his undergraduate degree from Wayne State College in Nebraska. In 1972 he received his law degree from...

Jane F. Spande

Senior Judge

Judge Jane Spande, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in 1985. She was born in Caledonia, Minnesota, and grew up in Mabel, Minnesota. She earned a bachelors of science (teaching) degree from Mankato State College, now Mankato State University, in 1972 and her law...

Nancy A. Baumgartner

Senior Judge

Judge Baumgartner, Cedar Rapids, served as a judicial magistrate in Johnson County from 1981-1983 and was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in Linn County in 1995. In 2006 she was appointed as a district court judge. Judge Baumgartner retired from the district court bench in December...

Douglas S. Russell

Senior Judge

Judge Douglas S. Russell was educated at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a U.S. Army veteran. He served as an Assistant Johnson County Attorney from 1978 through 1980 and was in the private practice of law from 1980 to 1999. He served as...

Denver D. Dillard

Senior Judge

Judge Dillard, Mt. Vernon, was appointed to the bench in 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 1968. In 1971 he received his law degree from the University of Iowa. Judge Dillard retired from the district court bench in September of 2012 and is...

Thomas L. Koehler

Senior Judge

Judge Koehler, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the district court bench in 1979 and continued to serve until his retirement in 2009. He currently serves as a senior judge of the Sixth Judicial District.

Carrie Bryner

Magistrate

Magistrate Bryner, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench on January 2, 2015. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Hillsdale College in 1991, and her law degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law, in 1997. After graduation from law school, she worked as an Assistant Cedar...

Karen D. Egerton

Magistrate

Magistrate Egerton, Coralville, was appointed to serve Johnson County in 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1992 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1996. She served as an Assistant Johnson County Attorney from 1996 through 2001 and has been...

Cynthia S. Finley

Magistrate

Magistrate Finley, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to serve Linn County in August 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 1984 and her law degree from the University of Iowa, with high distinction. She has worked with the Public Defender's Office, United Fire Group, and the Linn County...

Marty Hagge

Magistrate

Magistrate Hagge, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to serve Linn County in 2005. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1987 with his bachelor's degree and in 1990 with his law degree. He has been in private practice since that time in Anamosa and Cedar Rapids. Magistrate Hagge is a...

Ann Kuhter

Magistrate

Magistrate Ann Kuhter was appointed to serve Tama County in 1997.

Edward J. Leff

Magistrate

Magistrate Leff, Iowa City, was appointed to serve Johnson County in April 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1981 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1985. He worked as an Assistant Linn County Attorney...

Robert J. Leinen

Magistrate

Magistrate Leinen was appointed to serve Iowa County in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1979 and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982. He has been in private practice in Marengo and North English since 1982. He is...

Kristofer J. Lyons

Magistrate

Magistrate Lyons, Monticello, was appointed to the bench on August 24, 2015. He earned his B.A. in Politics from Loras College in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004, with distinction. Beginning in 2004 until his appointment to the bench, he was...

Robin L. O'Brien Licht

Magistrate

Magistrate O'Brien Licht, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to serve Linn County September 18, 2006. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1991. She received her law degree from the University of Northern Ohio in 1995 and MBA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1999. She...

Lorraine Machacek

Magistrate

Magistrate Machacek was appointed to serve Linn County in November 2006. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 with a Bachelor Degree in Communication Studies. She received her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1983. She has been in private practice since 1983 and is a member of...

Anders J. Norgaard

Magistrate

Magistrate Norgaard, Belle Plaine, was appointed to serve Benton County starting in June 2001. He received his undergraduate degree in 1966 and his law degree in 1976, both from the University of Iowa. Magistrate Norgaard was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1988 and a...

Lynn Rose

Magistrate

Magistrate, Lynn Rose Magistrate Rose, Iowa City, was appointed to serve Johnson County in May 2012. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1989 with her bachelor's degree, in 1991 and 1995 with her master’s degrees in German and Urban & Regional Planning, and in 2004 with her law...

Kandyce J. Smolik

Magistrate

Magistrate Smolik was appointed to serve Iowa County on August 1, 2009. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 2000 and her graduate degree from Vermont Law School in 2003.

Nicholas Strittmatter

Magistrate

Chad W. Thomas

Magistrate

Magistrate Thomas, Iowa City, was appointed to serve Johnson County in June 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996. He worked at a small firm in Washington, Iowa, for two...

Vander Mey

Magistrate

Magistrate Rich Vander Mey was appointed to serve Tama County in 2009.

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