Iowa Judicial Branch Newsletter
May 24, 2018
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     Judicial Appointments and Retirements

Retired Judges Since March 2015  


District Judge Gary Kimes, District 5óretired April 1  

Judge Kimes 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. 

Justice 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. 

Judge Larson has four children, two of whom are district judges, 12 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. 

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