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Celebration of Life Arrangements Announced for Chief Justice Mark Cady

The Iowa Supreme Court today announced arrangements to honor Chief Justice Mark Cady, who passed away on Friday. A public celebration of life is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus, 2601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, beginning at 10:00 am. The family will greet the public after the service. Members of the public are invited to honor Chief Justice Cady for the significant contributions he made to the Iowa Judicial Branch and judicial independence. Private family services are planned.

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Iowa Judicial Branch Mourns the Passing of Chief Justice Cady

The Iowa Judicial Branch is saddened to report that Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has passed away. He was a wonderful individual and exceptional judge, respected and beloved by his fellow jurists. His passing is a great loss to the court and the state he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Becky and his family.

Statement from the family:
“Tonight, the state lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and jurist. Chief Justice Mark Cady passed away unexpectedly this evening from a heart attack. Arrangements are pending.”  

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Supreme Court Selects Business Court Judges

The Iowa Supreme Court has selected District Judge Sarah Crane, Des Moines, and District Judge Kurt Stoebe, Fort Dodge, as Iowa Business Specialty Court judges. These judges will join Judge Lawrence P. McLellan, Judge Sean W. McPartland, and Judge John D. Telleen, as business court judges.

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Statement Supporting Pro Bono Legal Services

The need for pro bono services is as urgent today as it has been over the centuries.  The Iowa Access to Justice Commission 2019 Report highlights the need for pro bono services in Iowa, noting that The Iowa State Bar Association reported that in 2015 “more than one million Iowans have difficulty affording an attorney to handle basic legal needs.”

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Iowa Court of Appeals Elects Bower as Chief Judge

Des Moines, October 10, 2019—The Iowa Court of Appeals has elected Judge Thomas N. Bower, Cedar Falls, as chief judge. Judge Bower has served on the court of appeals since 2012. He is the tenth chief judge since the state legislature established the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1976. He replaces Chief Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel, recently retired.

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Remarks of Chief Justice Mark Cady, Iowa Supreme Court, to the Senate Government Oversight Committee, October 4, 2019

Thank you for asking us to appear before this Senate Oversight Committee this morning. We will provide you with all the information we can to assist you in your work and will cooperate with you fully. 

I want to begin with an apology, to you and to everyone for diminishing public trust and confidence in the court system. As the leader of the judicial branch, I take full responsibility, just as I take responsibility to repair the damage and rebuild trust. In our efforts to fulfill our duty to protect confidential information of Iowans from cyberattack, mistakes were made. We are doing everything possible to correct those mistakes, be accountable for the mistakes, and to make sure they never, ever occur again. 

In the end, I hope we will not be judged as much by the mistakes made, but by the character we display in accepting responsibility and correcting them. We want to work with you and others to protect Iowan’s personal information, be better than before and for our relationship with our county partners to be stronger than ever.

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