Daryl Hecht

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Daryl L. Hecht (June 25, 1952 – April 3, 2019) [1] was a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court and president of Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. [2]



Raised on a family farm near Lytton, Iowa, [3] Hecht received a Bachelor of Arts from Morningside College in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota in 1977. [2] Hecht entered private practice in Sioux City, Iowa, remaining in this profession for 22 years, until he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals by Governor Tom Vilsack in 1999. [3] In 2004, Hecht received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law. [2] [3]

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On August 1, 2006 Hecht was appointed by Governor Vilsack to the Iowa Supreme Court. [3] He succeeded Chief Justice Louis A. Lavorato upon Lavorato's retirement and joined the Supreme Court on September 30, 2006. [4] In August 2017, he was retained in a retention election with 64% of the vote. [5]

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Hecht, through a press release from the Iowa Judicial Branch on November 16, 2018, announced his retirement from the court due to his battle with skin cancer. [6] His resignation took effect December 13, 2018. On February 20, 2019, Christopher McDonald, a former Iowa Court of Appeals and 5th judicial district judge was appointed as his successor. [7]

Hecht died on April 3, 2019 at the age of 66 from melanoma. [8]

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  1. MyLife.com profile
  2. 1 2 3 Iowa Judicial Branch page for Daryl L. Hecht, accessed September 18, 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Hayworth, Bret (August 2, 2006). "Hecht appointed to Iowa Supreme Court". Sioux City Journal .
  4. "Vilsack Names New Iowa Supreme Court Justice". The Courier . August 2, 2006.
  5. "Iowa Supreme Court Retain Daryl Hecht Results: "Yes" Wins". The New York Times . August 1, 2017.
  6. Gruber-Miller, Stephen (November 16, 2018). "Iowa Supreme Court justice with cancer will resign in December". Des Moines Register .
  7. Sostaric, Katarina (February 20, 2019). "Reynolds Appoints Appeals Court Judge Christopher McDonald To Iowa Supreme Court". Iowa Public Radio .
  8. "Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht has died". KCCI Des Moines. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

Political offices
Preceded by
Louis Lavorato
Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Christopher McDonald