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Sept. 27, 2006

Ternus Is Third Of UI Alumni To Become State Chief Justice

When Marsha Ternus becomes chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court on Saturday, she will become the most recent of three University of Iowa alumni to serve as a sitting chief justice of a state supreme court.

Ternus earned her bachelor's degree from the UI before beginning her career, first in banking, then in law. She was elected Sept. 5 to become the first woman to serve as Iowa chief justice, replacing the retiring Louis Lavaroto.

She will join Ronald T. Moon of Hawaii and Ruth V. McGregor of Arizona as UI alumni serving as their state's top judicial officials.

Moon graduated from the UI College of Law in 1965, then returned to his home state to practice. He was appointed an associate justice to the Hawaii Supreme Court in 1990 and was named chief justice in 1993.

McGregor, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona, is not a graduate of the UI College of Law but holds a bachelor of arts degree and master's degree in Communication Studies from Iowa. In June the UI Alumni Assoication awarded her its Distinguished Alumni Award.

The university has also provided numerous alumni to the Iowa Supreme Court as justices, including current associate justices Michael Streit, who earned his bachelor's degree from the UI, and Jerry Larson and James Carter, both of whom graduated from the UI College of Law.

UI alumni also currently serve as associate justices on supreme courts in other states, including Harold See in Alabama and Rita Garman in Illinois, both of whom are graduates of the College of Law.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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