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Justin Lightfoot

District Court Judge

Judge Lightfoot, Cedar Rapids, was appointed to the bench on March 25, 2021. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice Studies from Iowa State University in 2003, and his Juris Doctor with high distinction, Order of the Coif, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2006. After graduation from law school, Judge Lightfoot served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carol E. Jackson in the Eastern District of Missouri for four years. Since clerking, he has served as Assistant United States Attorney from 2010-2021, and was Chief of the Criminal Division from 2018-2021. Judge Lightfoot is a member of the Linn County Bar Association (Board of Governors 2018-2021); the Iowa State Bar Association, Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court; and has also served as the Eighth Circuit Representative on the Department of Justice’s Criminal Chiefs’ working group.

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