Judge Besler, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench on June 21, 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Luther College in 1996 and his Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1999. Prior to being appointed, Judge Besler was an Assistant Linn County Attorney from 2000-2018. He was in private practice from 1999-2000 and was Student Legal Services Co-Director from 1998-1999. Judge Besler is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, Linn County Bar Association, The Federalist Society, and the Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He is on the Child Protection Center case review committee and elder abuse task force. He was awarded the Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Outstanding Service Award in 2018 and the University of Iowa Faculty Award for Client Service while in law school. Judge Besler is married and has one child.