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Jerry L. Larson

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Jerry Larson is a former justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He joined the court in 1978 and retired in May 2008.

Larson received his bachelor's degree in 1958 and law degree in 1960 from the University of Iowa. While at law school, he was editor of the Iowa Law Review.

Following his graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals judge M.D. Van Oosterhout.

Later, Larson practiced law in Harlan with his father and served two terms as Shelby County Attorney. In 1975, he was appointed a district court judge. He served on the district bench until his appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court.

As a member of the Iowa Supreme Court, Justice Larson played a key role in developing the court's rules for expanded media coverage of Iowa's courts. These rules have served as a model for other states.

Current term

His last term ended May 17, 2008. As of that date, Justice Larson assumed Senior status with the court, which allows for retired Justices to participate in decisions when there are vacancies on the court (typically in the event of a recusal).

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