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 served as drug court judges for several counties for about 9 years ending in December 2018. 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 4th-grade religious education instructor for his church. He enjoys running, writing, reading history, and making memories with his wife of 35 years, their three children, and extended families.