Judges Since March 2015
Judge Gary Kimes, District 5óretired April 1
was appointed to the bench in 1996. He graduated from Iowa State University in
1967 and earned his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1974. Judge Kimes was engaged in private practice for 22 years. He
served as Clarke County Attorney and is a Vietnam veteran. Judge Kimes is a member of the 5B Bar Association, the Iowa
Judges Association, and The Iowa State Bar Association. He served as president
of the Iowa County Attorneys Association, as a director for the Southwestern
Community College, and on The Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors.
Jerry Larson, Supreme Courtóretired as a senior judge May 16
Judge Larson, Harlan,
served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1978 to 2008. He was the longest-serving
member of the bench in Iowa Supreme Court history.
Judge Larson, who was born
and raised in Harlan, received his bachelor's degree in 1958 and law degree in
1960 from the University of Iowa. While at law school, he was Comments Editor
of the Iowa Law Review. Following his graduation from law school, he was a law
clerk for U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Federal Judge M.D. Van Oosterhout.
Later, Judge Larson
practiced law in Harlan with his father and served two terms as Shelby County
Attorney. In 1975, he was appointed a district court judge. He served on the
district bench until his appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court.
As a member of the Iowa
Supreme Court, Judge Larson played a key role in developing the court's rules
for expanded media coverage of Iowa's courts. These rules have served as a
model for other states.
Larson has four children, two of whom are district judges, 12 grandchildren,
and four great grandchildren.