Marking 5 Years as Iowa’s Voice for Fair Courts

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the Justice Not Politics Coalition’s 5-year anniversary as Iowa’s voice for Fair Courts. A special thanks to Roxanne Conlin for hosting the event at her home, our keynote speaker JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign, and a thank you to all of our event sponsors. Iowa’s […]

Iowa Supreme Court Schedules Special Evening Session in Des Moines

Des Moines February 5, 2016 The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case The Estate of Paul Dedrick Gray, et al. v. Daniel J. Baldi, et al. during a special evening session in Des Moines Tuesday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the fourth floor of the […]

Iowa Women, Planned Parenthood Score Unanimous Victory on Telemed

Telemed access will continue in Iowa, thanks to today’s unanimous ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court. At issue was whether doctors could communicate over video to women mostly living in more rural parts of the state with less access to health clinics, and issue them abortion pills via remote dispensing. Terry Branstad’s appointed state regulators […]

Iowa Supreme Court to hold night session

Quad City Times February 11, 2015 NIGHT COURT: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Des Moines in a case brought by state legislators and a public employees union against Gov. Terry Branstad. The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Danny Homan, Steven J. Sodders, […]

Iowa Judicial Branch Release: Iowa Supreme Court Schedules Two Special Evening Sessions

News Release February 11, 2015 Contact: Steve Davis, Court Communications Officer, (515)725-8058 or Iowa Supreme Court Schedules Two Special Evening Sessions Des Moines, February 11, 2015— The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a special session of oral arguments in Des Moines Tuesday evening, February 24, and in Creston Monday evening, March 9. […]

Iowa chief justice targets racial disparities, security

The Des Moines Register Grant Rogers January 14, 2015 Iowa’s court system should work in 2015 to become a nationwide leader in addressing racial disparities in its criminal justice system, while also working to make courthouse employees safer across the state, the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court told lawmakers Wednesday. In his annual […]

2015 State of the Judiciary

The 2015 State of the Judiciary Mark S. Cady, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court January 14, 2015 Madam President, Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the Iowa General Assembly, Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, state officials, colleagues, family, friends, and all Iowans: The assembly of the leadership of all three branches of government […]

72 Iowa judges up for retention vote in 2014

October 8, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson Seventy district court judges and two judges on the Iowa Court of Appeals are up for a retention vote on this fall’s ballot. The Iowa State Bar Association has released its survey of lawyers about each of the judges up for retention in 2014. Over 1100 attorneys […]

The Register’s Editorial: Effort to end election of judges is losing a longtime companion

Article here: Americans are generally upset about the growing amount of money raised to pay for campaigns. The campaigns that deserve the greatest concern, however, are those in states that elect judges. It is outrageous that would-be judges must go hat-in-hand to seek contributions from individuals, big law firms or corporations that may have […]