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Applicants now total 14 for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy



This news story was published on June 13, 2021.
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DES MOINES – Fourteen Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Richard Doyle retires on August 7, 2021.

Posted below is the State Judicial Nominating Commission interview schedule for the fourteen applicants. The interview schedule and applications will also be posted on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website at https://www.iowajnc.gov/state-commission.

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 11:59 P.M. on June 22, 2021, at the email addresses on the State Judicial Nominating Commission website and by email to the Secretary of the commission at sjnc@iowa.gov. Please note that any comments provided to the commission members may be subject to disclosure pursuant to Iowa’s Open Records Laws.

The commission will meet Friday, June 25, 2021, 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 until the Governor selects a nominee to fill the vacancy.

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 justice.

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 Friday, June 25, 2021:

9:30 a.m. Heather Prendergast, Attorney, Roberts, Stevens & Prendergast PLLC, Denver

9:50 a.m. Margaret J. Reyes, District Court Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Pacific Junction

10:10 a.m. Romonda Belcher, District Associate Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Des Moines

10:30 a.m. Joel Barrows, District Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District, Bettendorf

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. BREAK

11:00 a.m. Mindy Larson Polberg, Director of Government Relations, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Panora

11:20 a.m. Jean Dickson, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon PLC, Davenport

11:40 a.m. Jennifer Bailey, District Associate Judge, Eighth Judicial District, Burlington

12:00 p.m. Gina Badding, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, Carroll

1:00 p.m. William Miller, Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Des Moines

1:20 p.m. Bethany Currie, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, Marshalltown

1:40 p.m. Lisa Reel Schmidt, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Des Moines

2:00 p.m. Mary Triick, Attorney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Clive

2:20 p.m. Tim Gartin, Attorney, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger LLP, Ames

2:40 p.m. Mary Chicchelly, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District, Cedar Rapids

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5 Responses to Applicants now total 14 for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 13, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Figure out which ones are trump supporters and you will find the finalists. Kimmy never disappoints.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 13, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Tell your a liberal. What part of, “the commission will begin deliberations to select a slate of three nominees from the group of applicants. ” does “Kimmy” have to do with picking the finalists?

      Please, go back to 5th grade and learn to comprehend what you read. We know that you will need a dictionary for any of the big words. Eventually you’ll do okay. Maybe, someday you’ll be able to read at the 6th grade level, but I doubt it.

      Here, let me clean the window for you, don’t want you to catch anything from the other liberals.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 14, 2021 at 7:00 am

        It’s a rigged system.
        “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 justice.
        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.”
        I know how to read and comprehend. She has the majority of commissioners because she appointed them. She picks the judge. If she doesn’t like the top 3, then she can turn down all three. Hom much more rigged can you get?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 15, 2021 at 1:26 pm

          “and nine commissioners appointed by the GOVERNOR and confirmed by the Iowa Senate.”

          Confirmed by the will of the people. Yes, she picked them, then, just like Pedo Joe’s nominees, they have to go through a confirmation process in the Senate. Yes, the Senate is conservative, voted that way by the will of the residents of the state of Iowa.

          Not rigged, you just have some sour grapes.

          • Anonymous

            June 15, 2021 at 2:16 pm

            They are not “conservatives” in the true sense of the word. They are lemmings who will do whatever they are told to do.