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Interview Schedule for Iowa Court of Appeals Vacancies

Posted below is the State of Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission interview schedule for the thirty Iowans who have applied to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Chief Judge David Danilson retired on January 4, 2019, and Judge Christopher McDonald filled the Supreme Court vacancy on March 7, 2019.

The commission will meet Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, in the Iowa Supreme Court Courtroom on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building to interview the applicants for the vacancies. 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 six 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 judges.
 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

9:20 a.m. Joel Barrows, District Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District, Bettendorf
Application
Interview Video

9:40 a.m. Rustin Davenport, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, Mason City
Application
Interview Video

10:00 a.m. Christine Lebron-Dykeman, Attorney, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

10:20 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. David May, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Polk City
Application
Interview Video

11:00 a.m. Molly Weber, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General's Office, Adel
Application
Interview Video

11:20 a.m. Kellyann Lekar, District Court Judge, First Judicial District, Waterloo
Application
Interview Video

11:40 a.m. Henry Latham II, District Court Judge, Scott County Courthouse, Eldridge
Application
Interview Video

12:00 p.m. Sharon Soorholtz Greer, Attorney, Cartwright, Druker & Ryden, Marshalltown
Application
Interview Video

12:20 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. Joel Vos, Attorney, Heidman Law Firm, PLLC, Sioux City
Application
Interview Video

1:20 p.m. Timothy Gartin, Attorney, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP, Ames
Application
Interview Video

1:40 p.m. Jacob Schunk, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa, North Liberty
Application
Interview Video

2:00 p.m. Dustria Relph, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Corydon
Application
Interview Video

2:20 p.m. David Faith, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa, Indianola
Application
Interview Video

2:40 p.m. Lisa Williams, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa, Iowa City
Application
Interview Video

3:00 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Rachael Seymour, District Associate Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

3:40 p.m. Elisabeth Reynoldson, Attorney, Reynoldson & Van Werden, L.L.P., Osceola
Application
Interview Video

4:00 p.m. Andrew Kahl, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

4:20 p.m. Michelle Mackel-Wiederanders, Assistant City Attorney, City of Des Moines, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

4:40 p.m. Jean Dickson, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon, P.L.C., Bettendorf
Application
Interview Video

Friday, March 29, 2019

8:20 a.m. Craig Nierman, Attorney, Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P., Iowa City
Application
Interview Video

8:40 a.m. CeCelia Ibson, Attorney, Ibson Law Firm, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

9:00 a.m. Heather Prendergast, Attorney, Roberts, Steven & Prendergast, P.L.L.C., Denver
Application
Interview Video

9:20 a.m. Mary Chicchelly, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District, Cedar Rapids
Application
Interview Video

9:40 a.m. Julie Schumacher, District Court Judge, Third Judicial District, Schleswig
Application
Interview Video

10:00 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. Gretchen Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General's Office, Johnston
Application
Interview Video

10:40 a.m. Romonda Belcher, District Associate Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

11:00 a.m. Alan Ostergren, Muscatine County Attorney, Muscatine County Attorney's Office, Muscatine
Application
Interview Video

11:20 a.m. Paul Ahlers, District Associate Judge, Second Judicial District, Fort Dodge
Application
Interview Video

11:40 a.m. Keith Duffy, Attorney, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines
Application
Interview Video

The commission welcomes written comments from the public about the qualifications of any of the applicants. Comments must be submitted to the secretary of the commission by 4:30 p.m. March 24, 2019. Comments may be emailed to appellate.vacancy@iowacourts.gov. Comments may also be mailed to the Iowa State Judicial Nominating Commission Secretary, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319.

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