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 the University of Iowa Law School. Judge Sosalla then worked at a law firm in Cedar Rapids until his appointment. He is a member of the Iowa State and American Bar Associations. Judge Sosalla also has served as secretary/treasurer of the Iowa Judges Association and has been a guest speaker at the National Judicial College. Judge Sosalla is married and has four children.