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 in 1987, with distinction. Following her graduation, Judge Liesveld clerked for Justice James H. Carter of the Iowa Supreme Court from 1987 to 1988. Judge Liesveld served as a part-time staff attorney with the Linn County Advocate Office from 1991 to 1994 representing indigent criminal defendants and indigent parents and children in juvenile court. She also served as a Linn County Magistrate from 1997 to 2006 while in private practice in Cedar Rapids for 19 years. Judge Liesveld is a member of the Iowa Judges Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Linn County Bar Association. She held the office of president of the Linn County Bar Association and vice-president of the Iowa Magistrate Association. Judge Liesveld is married and has two children.