Two former Iowa Supreme Court justices to be inducted into hall of fame Saturday
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Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Linda K. Neuman and Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus will be inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony will take place at the State Historical Building auditorium, 600 East Locust, Des Moines, Iowa, and will be followed by a reception in the atrium of the historical building.

Both events are free and open to the public. A luncheon to honor the inductees and their friends and families will follow the reception at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St., in Des Moines. Tickets for the luncheon are $35 for individuals or $330 for a table of 10.

The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women established the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 1975. Each year the ICSW and the governor welcome four women into the Hall of Fame, paying tribute to them and setting them forth as role models for others. Lt. General Michelle D. Johnson and Joyce Boone Chapman join Justices Neuman and Ternus as inductees for 2015.

Justice Neuman is being honored, among other things, for her many "firsts” as a woman in Iowa’s legal profession. She was the first woman admitted to partnership in the Davenport law firm of Betty, Neuman, McMahon, Hellstrom & Bittner. She was the first woman to serve as a part-time judicial magistrate in Scott County. And, she was the first woman to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court, having been appointed to the high court in 1986 by Governor Terry Branstad.

Chief Justice Ternus is being honored for her work to improve access to justice, but she also can claim a "first.” Appointed to the state’s highest court in 1993, she was selected as chief justice by the members of the court in 2006, the first woman to serve in that role. During her years on the court, Justice Ternus’ work on administration of justice included improving access to the courts and improving the court’s oversight of cases involving abused and neglected children.

Brief biographies of both women are available on the ICSW website. Click here to read Justice Newman’s biography. Click here to read Justice Ternus’ biography.