September/October 2012
New Judge for Southern District of Iowa:
Stephanie M. Rose

On September 10, 2012, the Senate confirmed Stephanie M. Rose as a district judge for the Southern District of Iowa. She fills the vacancy left by Judge Robert Pratt, who took senior status on July 1.

Stephanie Marie Rose (née King) was born in Topeka, Kansas. Her family moved to Mason City, Iowa, when she was four years old. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1994 and her law degree in 1996 from the University of Iowa School of Law. She began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Iowa and was designated as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

From 1999 to 2009 she worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 2008 to 2009. In 2009 she was named U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, where she served until this appointment to the federal bench. She was the first woman to be confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the district. During her time with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she prosecuted more than 800 criminal cases, serving as lead counsel on 260 of those matters, and argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals 34 times. She received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice for her prosecution of the largest unlawful Internet pharmacy case in the country.