In June 2018, Dustria (Chambers) Relph applied for a spot within the Iowa Supreme Court. Relph applied along with 18 other applicants, and has learned she is now one of three finalists for the open position.
Relph has traveled all across Iowa from Sioux City to Waterloo to Des Moines and more, working towards becoming the next member of the Supreme Court. Throughout this process, she has been interviewed by commissioners allowing them to make their final three selection.
“I have traveled all across the state for these interviews and this process and it is super exciting and such an honor to be a finalist,” said Relph. “From here there is still a lot of work to be done still but I am really happy.”
Following a group interview with the 19 applicants, the state judicial nominating commission narrowed the selection down to three individuals to be considered for the Supreme Court justice. The judicial selection system will appoint one individual that they believe to be the best qualified person that fits the qualities including integrity, intelligence, industry, impartiality, education and experience. In Iowa all judicial nominees must be a licensed Iowa attorney.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will interview Relph on Tuesday, Feb. 15 as a part of selection process. Reynolds will make the selection for the newest member of the Iowa Supreme Court within 30 days from Jan. 30.
Relph was appointed to the bench as a Fifth Judicial District Court Judge in 2014. She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1988, Mercy College of Health Sciences in 2003 and Drake University Law School in 2006.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice at Chambers & Relph Law Firm, P.C beginning in 2006. Relph is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Judicial District 5B Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association and the National Association of Women’s Judges.
Relph makes her home in Corydon with husband, Darren Relph, who is the C.E.O. of Wayne County Hospital. Relph also has four adult children, Teela Becker, Trevor DeVore, Raquel Relph and Winston Relph.
Votes will not determine the finalist, as they will be determined by qualifications of candidate and recommendations from peers. Anyone willing to submit a recommendation on Relph's behalf may do so by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject line reading "Supreme Court Judicial Recommendation Relph".