Grassley announces deadline to submit federal judgeship applications
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With U.S. District Judges for both Northern and Southern Iowa retiring in 2015, Sen. Chuck Grassley is inviting members of the Iowa legal community to contact his office before Friday, Jan. 9 in order to be considered for a recommendation by him to President Barack Obama.

"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 of applicants, I will make recommendations to the President and he will make the decision about who is nominated.”

Grassley, who is expected to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month, said that Iowa lawyers with stellar legal credentials should contact Aaron McKay of his staff in Des Moines with a cover letter, CV, and references.

McKay can be reached at 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, Jan. 9. Interviews will be scheduled starting Jan. 14.

The openings are available because U.S. District Judge James Gritzner, the chief judge for Iowa’s Southern District, will take senior status, and U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett, the chief judge for Iowa’s Northern District, is retiring.