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List of Applicants and Interview Schedule for Iowa Court of Appeals Vacancy

October 18, 2019

Eleven Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Amanda Potterfield retires December 25, 2019.

Posted below is the State Judicial Nominating Commission interview schedule for the eleven applicants. The interview schedule and applications will also be posted on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at

The commission welcomes written comments from the public about the qualifications of any of the applicants. Comments must be submitted to the commission members via email no later than 5:00 p.m. October 25, 2019 at the email addresses on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website and by email to the Secretary of the commission at

The commission will meet Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in the Iowa Supreme Court Courtroom on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building to interview the applicants for the vacancy. The public is invited to observe the interviews in the courtroom. The interviews will be live-streamed and the videos archived on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel.

Immediately following the interviews, the commission will begin deliberations to select a slate of three nominees from the group of applicants.  Once the commission selects its slate of nominees, the commission will forward those names to the governor. The governor will then have thirty (30) days in which to appoint the new judge.

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. The names of the commissioners are on the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commissions website.

List of Applicants and Interview Schedule for Tuesday, October 29, 2019:

9:00 a.m.  Myron Gookin, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District, Fairfield

9:20 a.m.  David Larry Leitner, Attorney, Leitner Law Office, West Des Moines

9:40 a.m.  Mary Chicchelly, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District, Cedar Rapids

10:00 a.m. Timothy Gartin, Attorney, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP, Ames

10:20 a.m. Lisa Reel Schmidt, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Des Moines

11:00 a.m. Craig Nierman, Attorney, Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P., Iowa City

11:20 a.m. Gretchen Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General's Office, Johnston

11:40 am. Paul Ahlers, District Associate Judge, Second Judicial District, Fort Dodge

12:00 p.m. Heather Prendergast, Attorney, Roberts, Steven & Prendergast, P.L.L.C., Denver

12:20 p.m. Henry Latham II, District Court Judge, Scott County Courthouse, Eldridge

Joel Barrows, District Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District, Bettendorf (unable to attend interview)

For More Information:

Trish Roberts, Chair of the State Judicial Nominating Commission; 712-830-9912;

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