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Hon. Robert W. Pratt

United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Chief District Judge
Des Moines, IA, USA

Robert W. Pratt is the Chief Judge ofthe Southern District ofIowa. Judge Pratt was nominated on August 2, 1996, and again on January 7, 1997, by President Clinton. He was confinned by the United States Senate on May 23, 1997 and entered on duty on July 1, 1997. He became the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Iowa on May 1, 2006. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and received a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Judge Pratt worked for the Polk County (Des Moines) Iowa Legal Aid Society from 1972 to 1975. He then practiced law privately with two law firms from January I, 1975 until September 1, 1985, when he began his own practice which terminated upon his confirmation.

While in practice as a legal aid lawyer, he represented low income clients in consumer, housing and civil rights areas. While he continued to represent low income clients in his private practice he also represented labor unions, plaintiffs in personal injury claims, workers compensation claims, and Social Security disability claims. While in private practice, for a four year period he also tried cases as a criminal justice attorney (CJA) for persons accused of crimes. He has argued 25 cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and 10 cases before the Iowa appellate courts as well as trying approx.imately 40 cases to jury verdict.

His interests as a judge include infonnation technology, access to justice problems as well as reintegrating ex-offenders into mainstream society.

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