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Michael J. Schilling

District Court Judge: District 8B

Michael J. Schilling

Michael J. Schilling is a District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District. Appointed to the bench in 2006, Schilling graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 1973. In 1976, Schilling graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction. While in law school, he participated in the Journal of Corporation Law, and the regional and national Client Counseling Competition. Following graduation from law school, Schilling served as a VISTA volunteer lawyer on the three Native American reservations in Nebraska. He then served as an Assistant Public Defender before entering private practice. Schilling enjoyed an active criminal and civil trial practice for almost 30 years. Since his appointment to the bench, Schilling has served on several committees, including the Iowa Supreme Court's Civil Justice Reform Task Force, and the Eighth Judicial District's Mediation Committee. Schilling is also specially assigned as the drug court judge for several southeast Iowa counties. Judge Schilling regularly serves as a junior high mock trial judge, organizes the People's Rights Academy, and presents an annual program on legal ethics issues for the Des Moines County Bar Association. He is a member of the Des Moines County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, and the Iowa Judges Association. Schilling serves as a lector, a Eucharistic minister, hospital Eucharistic minister, and finance council member for his church. He enjoys running, writing, reading history, and making memories with his wife of 35 years, their three children, and extended families.
 

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