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November 24, 2017
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New Judges Appointed Since July 2015  

 

District Associate Judge Jennifer Bailey, District 8  

Judge Bailey, Burlington, was appointed to the bench in 2016. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, graduating summa cum laude in 2002. She received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with distinction in 2005. After graduation, Judge Bailey entered private practice until 2007. She was an Assistant Des Moines County Attorney from 2007 until 2014. Judge Bailey worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Burlington from 2014 to 2016, when she was appointed to serve as a district associate court Judge. 

 

District Associate Judge Jason Burns, District 6  

Judge Burns, Iowa City, was appointed to the district court bench August 18, 2015. He earned his bachelor's degree in Justice Systems from Truman State University in 1999 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2002. He was an Assistant Linn County Attorney from 2002 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Burns is a member of the Linn County Bar Association, the Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, The Iowa Bar Association, and is also on the Judicial Administration Committee of The Iowa State Bar Association. He is married and has one child. 

 

District Judge Susan Christensen, District 4  

Judge Christensen, Harlan, was appointed to the bench November 4, 2015. She graduated from Judson College in 1988 and received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1991. She served as a District Associate Judge from 2007 until her appointment. Judge Christensen was in private practice in Harlan with Larson, Childs, Hall and Christensen from 1991 to 2003 and the Law Offices of Susan Larson Christensen from 2003 to 2007. Her practice focused on family law. She also served as Assistant County Attorney in Shelby County from 1991 to 2007, Harrison County from 1996 to 2007 and Crawford County in 2007. Judge Christensen is a member of the Children's Justice State Council and served on the Supreme Court's Family Law Pro Se Forms Committee, Child Support Guidelines Review Committee, and Parents Representation Standards Committee. 

 

District Associate Judge Paul Crawford, District 2  

Judge Crawford, Marshalltown, was appointed to the bench in January 2016. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University in 1981 with a BA in Organizational Communications and from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 Judge Crawford was an assistant Story County Attorney, he was in private practice in Fairfield from 1986 to 1987, and he was an Assistant Marshall County Attorney from 1987 until his appointment. 

 

District Judge Linda Myers Fangman, District 1  

Judge Fangman, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench October 23, 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 1992 and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 1995. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Fangman served as Assistant Marshall County Attorney and as Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney. Judge Fangman is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, The Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure. 

 

District Judge Patrick Greenwood, District 5  

Judge Greenwood, Lamoni, was appointed to the bench February 18, 2016. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 and from Drake University Law School in 1998. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice and served as a judicial magistrate. He is a member of the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association and the Iowa Children's Justice Initiative.,  

 

District Judge William Kelly, District 5  

Judge Kelly, was appointed to the bench October 23, 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1986 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1999. Judge Kelly was in private practice for 16 years prior to his appointment. He is a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He also spent five years as adjunct professor of law at Drake University Law School. 

  

District Judge Mark Kruse, District 8  

Judge Kruse, Burlington, was appointed to the bench December 17, 2015. He served as a district associate judge from 1997 until his appointment to the district court. He was born in Little Rock and attended Morningside College, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1980. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983. Judge Kruse served as Appanoose County Attorney and Assistant Wapello County Attorney. He also worked with Child Support Recovery from 1984 to 1987. He is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and The Iowa State Bar Association. Judge Kruse is married and has one child. 

  

District Judge David May, District 5  

Judge May, Polk City, was appointed to the bench February 3, 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1993, his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1995, and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1998. Judge May was in private practice before his appointment. He also serves as a lecturer at the Annual Fire Investigation School for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and has served as an instructor at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.    

 

District Associate Judge Amy Zacharias, District 4  

Judge Zacharias, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench December 18, 2015. She received her BSBA from Creighton University in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 2001, Magna Cum Laude. She clerked for Judge John Irwin with the Nebraska Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2003 was an Associate with Childs & Hall, P.C. in Harlan from 2003 to 2005, and served as Assistant County Attorney in the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office from 2005 to 2015.     

 

Retired Judges Since July 2015  

 

District Judge Cynthia Danielson, District 8  

Judge Danielson, Mount Pleasant, was appointed to the bench in 1999. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1972, and her law degree in 1976. Judge Danielson worked in private practice from 1976 until her appointment in 1999. Before her appointment she served many positions including, Henry County Judicial Magistrate (1981 - 1985), Henry County Judicial Hospital Referee (1985 - 1997), and City Attorney for the cities of Mt. Pleasant, New London, and Olds. Judge Danielson has served on the Supreme Court Grievance Commission, the Supreme Court Task Force on Involuntary Hospitalization, the Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Review Committee. Judge Danielson served as an Iowa delegate to the ABA's National Conference of State Trial Judges (2005 - 2008). She is a member of the American Bar Association, The Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association and the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Danielson is married and has one daughter. Judge Danielson retired January 28, 2016. 

 

District Judge Todd Geer, District 1  

Judge Geer, Grundy Center, was appointed to the bench in 1996. Born in Iowa City,  he went to Drake University for his undergraduate education and the University of Iowa College of Law for his law degree. He practiced law with a firm in Grundy Center and served as Assistant Grundy County Attorney his appointment as a district associate judge in 1995. Judge Geer is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and The Iowa State Bar Association. He serves on the Courts and Community Committee. Judge Geer retired October 15, 2015. 

  

District Associate Judge Stephen Gerard II, District 6  

Judge Gerard was appointed to the bench in 1995. He is a native of Iowa City and received his bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1972. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1975. Judge Gerard then served with the U.S. Air Force as Judge Advocate until 1980. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gerard was in private practice, but also served as a judicial magistrate for Johnson County. Judge Gerard is a member of the Johnson County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is a fellow of The Iowa State Bar Foundation. Judge Gerard retired August 13, 2015.  

  

District Judge Robert Hutchison, District 5  

Judge Hutchison, Runnells, was appointed to the bench in 1990. Born in Prairie City, he earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1971. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974 and worked at a private law firm until his appointment to the bench. Judge Hutchison is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He serves on the Bench-Bar Committee of the Polk County Bar Association. He is married with two children. Judge Hutchison retired January 4, 2016. 

 

District Associate Judge Lawrence Jahn, District 2  

Judge Jahn, Ames, was appointed as a district associate judge effective October, 2005. As a graduate of the University of Illinois, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1972 and his master's in 1976. In 1982 he received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and practiced law with a private firm. He served as Story County magistrate from 1994 through 2005. Jahn is a member of the Story County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations. Judge Jahn retired December 31, 2015. 

 

District Judge Timothy O'Grady, District 4  

Judge O'Grady, Council Bluffs, became a senior judge in 2015. He was appointed to the bench in 1995. He attended Creighton University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 and his law degree in 1980. He then went into private practice as well as serving as assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney for five years. He is a member of The Iowa State Bar and the Iowa Judge's Associations. Judge O'Grady retired August 31, 2015. 

 

District Judge Sherman Phipps, District 5  

Judge Phipps, Lamoni, was appointed to the bench in December 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1968 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1973. Judge Phipps has spent 32 years in private practice. He is a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, the Decatur County Bar Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, and the Iowa Real Estate Association. He is married with four children. Judge Phipps retired July 15, 2015. 

  

District Judge JD Stovall, District 5  

Judge Stovall was appointed as a district court judge in 1995. He earned his bachelor's degree from Chicago State University and his law degree from Drake University Law School. Judge Stovall served as Polk County magistrate until his appointment as an district associate judge serving until his appointment to the district court. Previously, he served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Des Moines, and nearly ten years in private practice. Judge Stovall is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and The Iowa State Bar Association. Judge Stovall retired August 10, 2015. 

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