Reynolds names Oxley to Iowa Supreme Court

By: - January 28, 2020 5:20 pm

Newly named Iowa Supreme Court Justice Dana Oxley addresses reporters as (from left) Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Oxley’s husband, Randy, look on. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch.)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday named veteran Cedar Rapids attorney Dana Oxley to the Iowa Supreme Court, filling a vacancy left by the death of Chief Justice Mark Cady in November. 

Oxley, of Swisher, is an attorney with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. in Cedar Rapids. She also has worked as adjunct law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, her alma mater. 

She also worked as a career judicial law clerk for Judge David R. Hansen on the U.S.  Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

“I take this responsibility seriously,” Reynolds told reporters at a news conference in her formal office. She said she sought “someone who is rational and loves the law, someone who is a good writer, someone with a strong work ethic, someone who understands the proper role of the courts, and respects the rule of law.”

Oxley noted Cady’s service on the court, thanked Hansen for mentoring her and said she appreciated her parents, who “taught me about humility service and hard work.”

Oxley and her husband, Randy, have two children.

Reynolds chose Oxley over two other finalists: Bettendorf judge Joel Barrows and Des Moines attorney Matt McDermott. She already has a second vacancy to fill on the court, with the announced retirement of Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins, effective in March.

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