Two graduates of the Creighton School of Law have been named to judgeships in Iowa.
Julie Dreckman Schumacher, JD’93, was appointed last summer while Roger Sailer, JD’07, was appointed in December. Both were appointed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Schumacher was named a member of the nine-judge Iowa Court of Appeals, which decides appeals from district courts across the state.
Sailer will fill the judgeship on the Iowa District Court that Schumacher is vacating. He will sit for Judicial Election District 3B, which embraces Ida, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.
Prior to being appointed to the Iowa District Court, Schumacher served as a district associate judge, as assistant county attorney for Crawford County and an assistant city attorney for Denison, Iowa. She also maintained a private practice in Denison for almost 20 years.
Schumacher, a native of Sioux County, Iowa, says her legal education at Creighton prepared her for the courtroom.
“When at Creighton, I was afforded many diversified opportunities for ‘classroom to courtroom’ experience,” she says. “During my time there, I was able to work for Creighton’s General Legal Counsel, Douglas County Legal Aid, clerk for a large law firm in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and gain hands-on experience through a juvenile diversion program developed by the late Judge Colleen Buckley, who served as an adjunct instructor.”
“I recognize the opportunities that I have been given derive from the generosity of time, sound advice and professional example of the highest integrity of fellow judges, lawyers and professors. Consequently, I cherish any opportunity that presents itself to mentor law students and recent law school graduates who appear before me.”
Sailer, a native of Bellevue, Nebraska, was previously appointed Crawford County attorney in 2013 before being elected to the post in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. Prior to his service as county attorney, Sailer was an associate with the law firm of Mundt, Franck & Schumacher in Denison.
Sailer said he found his forte as a prosecutor.
“I prosecuted every level of crime from simple misdemeanor traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and everything in between,” he says. “It was challenging, interesting and very rewarding work.”
Sailer credits the “first-class legal education” he received at Creighton.
“My law professors were not only top-notch professors, but also wonderful people, some of whom I still count as friends to this day,” he says. “The one experience in law school that stands out was my participation in a mock trial team that was coached by Professor Ken Melilli.
“Professor Melilli taught me, in excruciating detail, exactly how to try a criminal case the right way, and his lessons stayed with me through every day of my 12 years as a prosecuting attorney. I could produce transcripts from real-life criminal jury trials that I conducted over the years, in which you could find example after example of the ‘Melilli method’ reproduced virtually word-for-word.”