February 2016

New Judge for Southern District of Iowa: Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger

On Monday, February 8, 2016, the Senate confirmed Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa. She is the second woman appointed to serve in the district. She fills the vacancy left by Judge James E. Gritzner who took senior status on March 1, 2015.

Judge Ebinger received her undergraduate degree in 1997 from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her law degree from Yale Law School in 2004.

She began her legal career as an Assistant County Attorney for Black Hawk County, Iowa, and was designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, where she prosecuted criminal cases related to immigration, narcotics, and violent crimes.

From 2006 to 2008 she served as a law clerk to Circuit Judge Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

From 2009 to 2012 she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Northern District of Iowa and then in the Southern District of Iowa, where she focused on white collar crime, child support enforcement, and sex offender registry violations.

In 2011 she received an award from the U.S. Marshal Service in the Southern District of Iowa for outstanding service and cooperation in the enforcement of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

In 2012 she was appointed to serve as a judge for the Fifth Judicial District of the Iowa District Court, where she has presided over criminal, civil, and family court proceedings.

Welcome, Judge Ebinger!