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Judicial Nominating Commission begins process for selecting nominees for Court of Appeals vacancy

May 5, 2021

Des Moines, May 5, 2021— The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy on the court that will occur when Judge Richard Doyle retires on August 7, 2021. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on April 27, 2021.  The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.  

The deadline for applications to be received by the Commission and the Commissioners to be considered for balloting is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Any citizen may submit in writing to the Secretary of the Commission, or to any Commissioner via email at the email addresses listed on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at https://www.iowajnc.gov/state-commission and also listed below, the names of persons for consideration as a candidate for nomination and express views concerning such candidate.  For comments regarding an applicant to be considered by the Commission, communications from the public must be received by the Commissioners via email by 11:59 P.M. on June 22, 2021. 

Applications can be obtained on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at the website address listed above or from the State Court Administrator at 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319. The State and District Judicial Nominating Commissions Uniform Rules of Procedure adopted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission and dated October 31, 2019 are available at https://www.iowajnc.gov/state-commission

Once the application time has run, the Commission will release the names of all applicants along with information about each applicant's background, experience, and qualifications.   This list and other information about the Commission and Iowa's merit selection process will be available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website: www.iowacourts.gov.

Depending on the number of candidates requesting interviews, the Commission has set aside June 24-25, 2021, to interview applicants and select three nominees to submit to the Governor for appointment. The meeting will be in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines. The interview portion of the meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live and archived on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6EU7W8kqDKnKPUzMdxr_g .

The 17-member Commission is composed of eight commissioners elected by lawyers licensed to practice law in Iowa and nine commissioners appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate.

Important Notice to Applicants: To be eligible for appointment to the court, a person must be a resident of Iowa, licensed to practice law in Iowa, and must be of such age that he or she will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before reaching the age of 72.  The first regular six-year term of office for this opening commences January 1, 2023, assuming the appointee is retained on the 2022 retention ballot. To be considered for balloting, an applicant must email his or her application and supporting materials to the Commission via email to sjnc@iowa.gov and to each member of the Commission at the email addresses listed below so that the application and supporting materials are received by the Commission and Commissioners by 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The candidates for nomination must email to the Commission and all Commissioners a single PDF version of the completed Joint Judicial Application that includes all attachments thereto, a single PDF version of the Judicial Background Application that includes all attachments thereto, and a single PDF version of any writing samples.  

The names and email addresses of the State Judicial Nominating Commission members are:

Chairperson
Kathleen Law, Des Moines, Iowa; kklaw@nyemaster.com

Secretary
Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge, Iowa; jvalentine@valentinelaw.net

Commissioners

Henry Bevel
319-232-6555
bevel@s-c-law.com

Christine Conover
319-366-7641
cconover@simmonsperrine.com

Jeff Goodman 
515-267-8600
Jeff@golawpc.com

John Gray
712-255-8838
john.gray@heidmanlaw.com

Dustin Graber
515-979-7178
Dustin.graber7@gmail.com

Cheryl Hanson 
563.379.0880
djcjhanson@yahoo.com

Dan Huitink
641-629-6630
huitinksjnc@gmail.com

Kathleen Law
515-283-3116
kklaw@nyemaster.com

Derek Muller
312-533-9523
Derek.muller@gmail.com

Dorothy O’Brien
563-355-6060
dao@emprights.com

Kathy Pearson
(c) 319-350-4604
kpearson@kaas-emp.com

Helen Sinclair
319-361-6661
hsinclair@moes.biz

Leon Spies
319-337-4193
Spies@Spaflegal.com

Quentin Stanerson
319.330.7211                  
qstanerson@gmail.com

Kristina Stanger
515-283-8009
kmstanger@nyemaster.com

Steve Sukup
(c) 515-238-6563; (w) 641-892-4222
steve@sukup.com

Janece M. Valentine
515-955-5544
Jvalentine@Valentinelaw.net

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