Linn County assistant prosecutor appointed 6th District judge

Nicholas Scott replacing retired Judge Jane Spande

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Assistant Linn County Attorney Nicholas Scott was appointed Wednesday as the next 6th Judicial Associate District judge.

Scott, 40, of Cedar Rapids replaces Judge Jane Spande, who retired Wednesday after 31 years on the associate district bench.

Scott was appointed to the bench by other 6th District judges.

He has been an assistant prosecutor in Linn County since 2007. Before coming to Linn County, Scott was an assistant Jackson County attorney from 2005 to 2006. He also was an associate attorney with Shuttleworth and Ingersoll from 2002 to 2005. He handled insurance defense and mergers and acquisitions for the law firm.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in 1998 from the University of Northern Iowa and his law degree in 2001 from the University of Iowa College of Law.

He serves on the Board of Governors for the Linn County Bar Association and other community boards, including the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter and the St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.

Scott could not be reached for comment by The Gazette on Wednesday.

The Linn County Magistrate and Associate District Court Judge Appointment Commission nominated Scott and two others — Mike Lahammer, a defense attorney, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lightfoot — last week.

Chief Judge Patrick Grady and the other 6th District judges made the appointment Wednesday afternoon, following individual interviews.

Scott’s annual salary as an associate district judge is $127,908. His investiture hasn’t been set at this time.

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