Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Judge Julie Schumacher of Schleswig to the Iowa Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel of Spirit Lake.
Schumacher, 52, is a District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District of Iowa.
She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and earned her law degree from Creighton University Law School. Before being appointed to the District Court, Schumacher had been a partner at Mundt, Franck & Schumacher in Denison.
Judge Vogel, of Spirit Lake, announced her retirement in June. She had served on the Court of Appeals since 1996, and was elected chief judge by the nine-member Court in January, replacing Judge David Danilson, who retired in January.
The Court of Appeals, which was created by the Iowa Legislature in 1976, reviews civil and criminal actions, post-conviction proceedings, and small-claims actions transferred to it by the Iowa Supreme Court. A decision of the Court of Appeals is final unless the Supreme Court grants further review.