The Honorable Cheryl Traum (’98) is completing her one-year term as President of the Iowa Judges Association ending in June 2019. She was previously the vice-president and secretary/treasurer of the association. She was elected by her peers to represent the 7th Judicial District of Iowa as a board member and officer of the Iowa Judges Association.
The purpose of the association is to encourage a united interest in the sound administration of justice; to study, discuss, and recommend matters of law and procedure that will improve, modernize, and expedite the procedure and administration of justice; to provide meetings and programs that will accomplish better acquaintance, understanding, and harmony among the judges of the State of Iowa; to render all possible aid to the State’s Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association in matters pertaining to the better functioning of courts and the administration of justice; and to preserve respect for the law, engender trust and confidence in the courts, and promote cooperation among the members of the judiciary and members of the bar.
Judge Traum was appointed to the bench in 2012. She earned a BA Degree in 1979 from the University of Northern Iowa, and her law degree from the Northern Illinois College of Law in 1998. From 2002 until her appointment to the bench, Judge Traum was in the private practice of law in Davenport, Iowa. She was licensed to practice in United States Supreme Court and the states of Illinois and Iowa.
Judge Traum has been actively involved in the Supreme Court Task Force for the implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act, the District 7 Associate Court Committee, District 7 Public Outreach Committee, District 7 Juvenile Justice Summit Team, a presenter at various programs, a member of the Scott County Kids Executive Board, and the Scott County Mental Health/Law Enforcement Task Force.
She is a Fellow from the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Certificate Capstone project on reducing racial and ethnic disparity in the juvenile justice system, Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) Capstone project on reducing racial and ethnic disparity in the Human Services system, and an original member of the Juvenile Assessment Center.