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Deborah Farmer Minot

District Associate Judge

Deborah Farmer Minot

Judge Minot, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench in 2010. As a District Associate Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, Judge Minot presides over criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of assistance, and termination of parental rights cases. She is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and a fellow of the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. She has presented at national conferences about local reforms in juvenile delinquency. Judge Minot co-chairs the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Juvenile Procedure and has been a member of the Juvenile Court Services Workload Formula Committee and the Supreme Court Senior Judge Task Force.

For 18 years prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Minot served as an Assistant Johnson County Attorney. In addition to her juvenile and criminal casework, she trained law enforcement officers, social workers, and lawyers, and was active in legislative and policy initiatives. She was named “Professional of the Year” by the Sixth Judicial District’s CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) Program in 2002. Before moving to Iowa in 1991, Judge Minot practiced law in Baltimore as a city prosecutor, an assistant attorney general, and a member of a private civil litigation firm. She was active in city and state bar associations and a member of the Civil Service Commission. Judge Minot graduated with honors from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Judge Minot is married and has 2 children.

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