Judge Traum was appointed to the bench in 2012. She earned a BA Degree in 1979 from the University of Northern Iowa, and her law degree from the Northern Illinois College of Law in 1998. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Scott County Bar Association. From 2002 until her appointment to the bench, Judge Traum was in the private practice of law in Davenport, Iowa. Judge Traum resides in Bettendorf, and is married with two children.