January/February 2015

Retirement: Judge Ross A. Walters

Judge Ross A. Walters, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, retired on February 1, 2015, after more than 20 years of service on the federal bench, and has been recalled to serve on a part-time basis for another year. He was appointed on November 14, 1994.

Judge Walters was born on December 29, 1949, and received his B.A. in history from Pennsylvania State University in 1971. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1971-1974, including as a legal officer and Administrative Division Officer aboard the USS Oklahoma City. He earned his J.D. with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1977, and was a member of the board of editors and contemporary studies project editor of the Iowa Law Review.

After law school Judge Walters clerked for the Southern District of Iowa’s U.S. District Judge William C. Hanson for two years before joining the firm Herrick, Langdon and Langdon in Des Moines in 1979. He made partner in 1982 and left the firm in 1990 when he was appointed Iowa District Court Judge for Judicial District 5-C. After four years as a state judge, he was appointed to the federal bench in 1994.

Congratulations, Judge Walters!