Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus to speak at Coe

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2010-10-13 08:45:55 - General

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus will speak on “The Rule of Law and the Iowa Supreme Court” at Coe College. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, and it is free and open to the public.

Ternus was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1993 by Governor Terry Branstad, and was selected by members of the court to serve as chief justice in 2006. She is the first woman to serve as chief justice of Iowa’s highest court. A native of Vinton who grew up on a farm in northern Benton County, Ternus received her bachelor’s degree with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa. She earned her law degree with honors from Drake University, and served as editor-in-chief of the Drake Law Review.

Before joining the Iowa Supreme Court, Ternus worked in a private law practice in Des Moines. She is a former president of the Polk County Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Governors for the Iowa State Bar Association. Ternus currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, as well as several related committees. In 2009, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Ternus to the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, where she is one of only four state supreme country justices serving on the committee.

The event is sponsored by the Coe Pre-Law Club and the Coe Political Science Club. For more information call 399-8581.