Linda K. Neuman




University of Virginia, LL.M (Judicial Process) 1998

University of Colorado, J.D. 1973, B.A. 1970

Professional Development:

  • Certificate in Arbitration Skills Training:  Minnesota State Bar Association (2013)
  • Certificate in Transformative Mediation:  Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, Chicago, Illinois (2009)
  • Certificate in Mediation:  CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado (2003)
  • Bar admission:  Iowa 1974 (active)



1986 – 2003:    Associate justice, Iowa Supreme Court

1982 – 1986:     District court judge for the 7th Judicial District of Iowa

1980 – 1982:     Part-time judicial magistrate, Scott County, Iowa



 2003 – present:

  • General private practice with focus on alternate dispute resolution; consultation on appeals; expert witness testimony
  • Adjunct faculty member, University of Iowa College of Law.  Courses taught:
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2003 – 2006) (summer 2010)
    • Structure & Function of Appellate Courts (2004 – 2005)
    • Clinical Judicial Externship, faculty supervisor and instructor (2005 to present)
  • Vice-Chancellor (Counsel to the Bishop), Episcopal Diocese of Iowa (pro bono)

2003 – 2005:      Partner – Betty, Neuman & McMahon LLP, Davenport, Iowa

1979 – 1980:      Vice-President & Trust Officer, Bettendorf Bank & Trust Co./Iowa- Des Moines National Bank, Bettendorf, Iowa

1974 – 1979:       Betty, Neuman, McMahon, Hellstrom & Bittner, Davenport, Iowa



American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation; American Academy of ADR Attorneys (President 2006 – 2007); John F. Dillon Chapter, American Inns of Court (President, 2003-2004); Iowa State Bar Association (Judicial Plebiscite Committee 2005-2012; Access to Justice Task Force 2013); Scott County Bar Association; American Judicature Society.



Non-Profit:  Director, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Bettendorf, IA; Director, See Life Clearly Foundation, Davenport; Chair, Constitution and Canons Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa; Member, Community Advisory Committee, Augustana College Center for the Study of Ethics, Rock Island, IL.

Business:  Director, Quad-City Bank & Trust Company, Moline, IL (vice-chair 2012 to present; executive committee, wealth management committee); Director, QCR Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCRH) Moline, IL (comp. committee, governance committee)



 2015     Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame

 2013     President’s Award, Iowa State Bar Assn. “In recognition of service to the legal profession and the citizens of Iowa”

 2012      Equity for Women Award presented by 50-50 in 2020

 2009      Athena Business Women’s Award, Quad-City Chamber of Commerce

 1989      University of Colorado “Award for Distinguished Achievement”

 1988      Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council “Exceptional Achievement Award”



Mentor and program graduate, Education for Ministry (EFM), The University of the South School of Theology (2008 – 2012); Member (and past-president of the vestry), St. Peters Episcopal Church, Bettendorf, Iowa; volunteer reader for the blind, APRIS (Augustana College Public Radio Information Service)

Hobbies: hiking, gardening, music, enjoying children and grandchildren; travelling worldwide with husband of 40 years, Henry G. Neuman



Iowa Commissioner, Nat’l Conf. of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (2005 – 2012); Chairperson, Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA (1998); Chairperson, Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Planning for the 21st Century (1996-98); Member, ABA/JAD Committee on Standards of Judicial Administration; Member, ISBA Health Law Section Council; Member, Legislative Committee, Iowa Judges Association; Advisor, National Center for State Courts Study of Appellate Court Case Processing; Non-alumni member, Drake University Law School Alumni Advisory Board; Advisor, Colloquy for State Appellate Court Judges, University of Virginia, Center for Biomedical Ethics; Advisor, University of New Mexico Institute of Public Law Project on Bioethics Education for the State Judiciary; Judicial Associate Editor, Courts, Health, Science & The Law, Georgetown University Medical and Law Centers Institute for Health Policy Analysis; Member, Iowa Supreme Court Council on Judicial Selection (1986-1988); Director, National Association of Women Judges (representing Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin) (1984-1986); Member, University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Advisory Board (1986-1988); Member Scott County Magistrate Appointing Commission (Chair, 1985); Member, Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education (1974-1981); Member, Education Committee, Iowa Judges Association; Member Scott County Bar Association Executive Committee, Chair of Grievance and Public Relations Committees.



Director, DavenportOne; Quad Cities United Way (Executive Committee, 1978-1981); Marriage and Family Counseling Service of Scott and Rock Island Counties (President, 1978-1979); Vera French Community Mental Health Center; Scott County Board of Social Welfare, Scott County Library Foundation; Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce; The Maternal Health Center.



Katie Finn Milleman Memorial Lecture, Univ. of Iowa College of Law, March 30, 2012

“Ethics in ADR Interactions,” American Academy of ADR Attorneys Annual Seminar, June 3, 2011

“Judicial Retention and Selection in Iowa,” Presentations delivered to civic groups in Des Moines, Iowa City and Clinton, Iowa, Sept. – Oct. 2010.

University of Iowa Law School Commencement Address, “”Changing Times.  Unchanging Values.”  December 2009.

“Judicial Retention and Selection,” ACLU, Davenport, Iowa, November 10, 2009.

“Timely Topics for Ethical Mediators,” American Academy of ADR Attorneys Annual Fall Seminar, Des Moines, IA, October 23, 2009.

“Foundations of Justice,”  Iowa Women’s Foundation Keynote Address, Coralville, Iowa, October 16, 2009.

“What Would Abe Do?” (member of panel discussing ethics in mediation), John F. Dillon American Inn of Court, Davenport, Iowa, September 16, 2009.

Patricia Rhodes Cepican CLE Series, “Ethical Pitfalls in Iowa Family Law,” October 9, 2006.

“Ethics and Family Law,” Iowa VLP program on the ICN, February 20, 2006.

Panelist, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, “The Future of Judicial Independence and our Court System,” March 4, 2005. Drake University Law School General Practice Review, “Iowa Ethics Rules:  Comparing the ‘Old’ and ‘New’,” December 9, 2004.

Keynote address, Augustana College Center for the Study of Ethics First Annual Workshop “The Ethics of Competition,” April 24, 2004.

Quad-Cities Claims Association 2004 Spring Seminar, “Practicing with Zeal without Becoming a Zealot,” April 22, 2004.

Inaugural Folwell Lecture in Political Science and Pre-Law, “Can We Talk?  Easing the Uneasy Dialogue between Court and Legislature,” St. Ambrose University, October 21, 2003.

Keynote address, Annual Meeting of the Quad-Cities Chapter, ACLU, November 2003.

“Ethics Update 2002: Lessons Learned from Lawyers,” Quad-Cities Claims Ass’n Spring Seminar, April 2002. Keynote address and workshop on appellate practice, LSCI Annual Meeting, November 1999.

“Judicial Ethics,” (panel member), Great Lakes Appellate Judges Summit, Milwaukee, September 1998.

“Attorney/GAL: The Ethical Balance,” Juvenile Court Conference, April 1998, Des Moines.

“Developing Community Standards for the Ethical Representation of Children,” Scott Community College, May 1998.

Drake University Law School Commencement Address, May 1996, Des Moines.

“The State of the Iowa Supreme Court,” Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, February 1995.

ABA Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas, January 1995 (panel member).

“Constitutional Challenges to State Tort Reform Legislation,” Appellate Judges Conference Seminar Series, Boston, Massachusetts, September 1993.

“The Struggle for Justice,” Omaha Bar Association Law Day Address, Omaha, Nebraska, May 1992.

“Bioethics for Judges:  An Overview,” Iowa Judges Conference, Des Moines, December 1990.

“A Survey of Iowa’s Disciplinary Landscape,” Linn County Bench-Bar Conference, Cedar Rapids, August 1990.

“Science, Technology, and the Courts:  A Judicial Perspective” and “Judicial Education:  Decision Making in the Twenty-First Century,” The Future and the Courts Conference (sponsored by the American Judicature Society and the State Justice Institute), San Antonio, Texas, May 1990.

“Legal Perspective on Women’s Access to Property,” International Women’s Colloquium sponsored by the Iowa Division of United Nations—USA, Des Moines, May 1990.

“The Role of the Judiciary in the Formation of Social Policy,” National Conference of the State Judiciary on Bioethical Issues, Reno, Nevada, September 1989.

“Professionalism and Young Lawyers,” Iowa Bar Association Annual Convention, June 1989.

“Towards a Successful Life in the Law,” University of Iowa College of Law, Law Review Banquet, Iowa City, April 1989.

“Oral Advocacy:  In Step with the Times?” Gunderson Memorial Lecture, University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, November 1988 (published in 34 S.D.L. Rev 236 (1989)).

“Courage and the Big Picture,” Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys Annual Meeting, Des Moines, June 1988.

“Law Makes Freedom Work,” Meredith Corporation Law Day Observance, Des Moines, May 1988.

“The Role of the Judiciary in a Constitutional Government,” Cornell College Convocation Address, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, January 1988.

“Judicial Selection” (panelist), ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 1987.

“A Salute to Women in the Judiciary,” Women in Government Luncheon, St. Louis, Missouri, June 1987.

Convocation Address, University of Iowa School of Law, Iowa City, May 1987.

“Close Encounters of the Ethical Kind,” Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section of the ISBA, Des Moines, April 1987.

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