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University of Iowa News Release

July 18, 2006

Two UI Law Graduates Nominated For Iowa Supreme Court Vacancy

Two graduates of the University of Iowa College of Law are among three individuals nominated to fill a vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court.

State District Court Judge Arthur Gamble of Des Moines graduated from the UI College of Law with distinction in 1978. He was appointed to the district court in 1983 and has served as chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District since 1995. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he worked in private practice in Des Moines for five years. Gamble also earned his undergraduate degree in political science and history from UI in 1975.

State District Court Judge Dale Ruigh of Ames graduated from the UI College of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1974. He was appointed to the district court in 1981 and, before that, worked in private practice in Ames.

The third candidate is Court of Appeals Judge Daryl Hecht of Sloan.

The judges are competing to fill a vacancy created by the coming retirement of Chief Justice Louis Lavorato, who will step down September 29. The names of the three judges were forwarded to Gov. Tom Vilsack on Friday, and he has 30 days to make his choice.


For the press release from the Iowa Supreme Court announcing the nominees:

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