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Longest serving supreme court justice to retire

January 24, 2008
DES MOINES — Iowa’s longest serving Supreme Court justice will retire this year when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 72.

Justice Jerry Larson’s scheduled retirement date is May 17, 2008.

He joined the court in 1978 and surpassed Justice Theodore Garfield, who served from 1941 to 1969, as the longest serving justice.

The State Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the vacancy left by Larson’s departure.

The commission will meet on March 6 and 7 to select three nominees to submit to Gov. Chet Culver.

Culver must appoint the new justice from the list.

Nominees must be residents of the state, licensed to practice law in Iowa, and must be of such age that they will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before reaching the age of 72.

Candidates should file a notice of intent to file an application with the secretary of the commission by Feb. 21, and submit a completed questionnaire to the secretary of the commission and all commissioners by Feb. 25.

Larson is the chairman of the 14-member nominating commission.



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