appointed as magistrate judge for Southern District
Helen C. Adams will
be appointed as the new United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern
District of Iowa upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields.
Judge Adams is
currently corporate counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in Des
Moines, and previously was a trial lawyer with the Des Moines firm of Dickinson,
Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. She will preside primarily in the United
States District Courthouse in Davenport, with additional duties at court
facilities in Des Moines and Council Bluffs.
Judge Adams received
her law degree in 1988 from the University of Iowa, with high distinction and
Order of the Coif. From 1988 to 1990, she served as a Law Clerk to U.S.
District Judge Harold D. Vietor. In 1990 she joined the Dickinson firm as an associate,
becoming a shareholder in 1995. In 2009, she joined the legal department of
Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
She served as chair
of the ISBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section from 2008-2009.
"Helen Adams will be a first-rate
magistrate judge,” said ISBA President Guy Cook. "She has a sharp legal mind,
extensive federal experience and a strong work ethic."