January 2017

New Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa: Kelly K.E. Mahoney

In August 2015, Kelly K.E. Mahoney was selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa. She began serving on the bench on January 3, 2017, in Sioux City. She fills the vacancy created by the transfer of Magistrate Judge CJ Williams to Cedar Rapids. Judge Williams takes the place of Chief Magistrate Judge Jon S. Scoles, who retired in December.
Judge Mahoney received her undergraduate degree with honors from Kansas State University in 1998 and her law degree with honors from Washburn University School of Law in 2002. While pursuing her law degree, she also took classes toward a Masters of Criminal Justice degree.
She began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Wichita, Kansas from 2002 to 2003. After moving to Iowa, she served as a Special U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2006. She was in private practice from 2006 to 2008 in Boone, Iowa, with the firm of Jordan & Mahoney, where she handled both civil and criminal matters.
For the last eight years, she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, where she has handled a variety of criminal matters.
In addition to her legal work, she has devoted time to her community as a volunteer and board member for various organizations. Welcome, Judge Mahoney!