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Joel W. Barrows

District Court Judge: District 7

Joel W. Barrows

Judge Barrows, Bettendorf, was appointed to the bench in 2012. After being raised in Folletts and Camanche, Iowa, he received a bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1983, a master's degree in history from Southern Illinois University in 1986, a law degree from Drake University in 1989, and a master of laws degree in international and comparative law, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. Prior to appointment to the bench, Judge Barrows served as a child support recovery attorney for Clinton, Jackson and Cedar Counties, an Assistant Polk County Attorney in Des Moines, Iowa, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa. He is a member of the Scott County and Iowa State Bar Associations, as well as the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Barrows is married and has two children.

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