WASHINGTON – In light of an upcoming U.S. District Judgeship opening in the Southern District of Iowa, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are inviting members of the Iowa legal community to submit applications for the vacancy between now and December 31 in order to be considered for a recommendation by the senators to President Joseph R. Biden.
“It’s important to me that this opportunity be made available to the entire legal community in Iowa. Anyone may apply for a recommendation,” Grassley said. “Following a comprehensive review, Senator Ernst and I will make recommendations to the president and he will make the decision about who is nominated.”
“Iowa has a long and proud tradition of providing outstanding judges to serve in our nation’s Judicial Branch, and I’m hopeful every qualified member of our state’s legal community will have the opportunity to consider applying for this opening,” Ernst said. “I look forward to working with Senator Grassley in reviewing the candidates for this critical position to ensure the best and most qualified individuals are considered.”
Grassley is currently the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the vetting and confirmation of all federal judges.
Licensed Iowa lawyers in good standing and with stellar legal credentials should contact Carol Olson of Grassley’s staff in Des Moines with a cover letter, CV and references. Olson can be reached by email at carol_olson@grassley.senate.gov and 515-288-1145 in Grassley’s Des Moines office, which is located at 210 Walnut Street in Room 721 of the Federal building.
Applicants may begin submitting applications immediately, but must do so no later than Friday, December 31. Interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.
The judicial vacancy will occur after U.S. Chief District Judge John A. Jarvey’s expected retirement in March, 2022.