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The “Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service” was recently awarded by the Eighth Circuit Bar Association to Cynthia C. Moser

September 6, 2018

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The “Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service” was recently awarded by the Eighth Circuit Bar Association to Cynthia C. Moser of the Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa.
Ms. Moser graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction. Thereafter, she began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Stuart, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, from 1977 to 1979. Following her clerkship, Ms. Moser entered private practice in Sioux City, Iowa. She is now a partner with Heidman Law Firm, P.L.L.C. where she has developed a sterling reputation in the fields of health law, employment law and transactional matters.


Throughout her career, Ms. Moser has been actively involved in the Iowa State Bar Association, serving on its Board of Governors, numerous committees and task forces, and even as its president from 2012-2013. As its President, she focused on the challenges facing new lawyers entering the profession, and led the organization through a tumultuous judicial retention election in 2012, giving numerous presentations around the state of Iowa to the public and the media on the value of Iowa’s judicial merit selection and retention process and the critical importance of maintaining Iowa’s fair and impartial courts. Ms. Moser also served on the Iowa State Bar Foundation Board of Directors for nine years and as president of the Iowa State Bar Foundation Fellows organization.


Ms. Moser has been actively involved in the judicial selection process in Iowa on the state and federal levels. In both 2015 and 2017, Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst selected Ms. Moser to serve as chair of a review panel formed to screen candidates and make recommendations to fill a total of three federal district court vacancies in Iowa. On both occasions, the Iowa legal community took note of the extremely thorough and balanced approach the panel took in making recommendations on the basis of merit. Ultimately, all of the panel’s recommendations were submitted to the President.


Ms. Moser has also been active in the community, and her volunteer efforts have focused on children, education, and the arts.
The award was presented during a luncheon at the Judicial Conference for the Eighth Circuit held in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 16, 2018. The award is named in honor of former Chief Judge Richard S. Arnold, who led a distinguished career that included graduating first in his class at Yale University and Harvard Law School. Judge Arnold clerked for Justice William Brennan on the United States Supreme Court before entering private practice and serving on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Arnold’s biographer said that he was “perhaps the best judge never to serve on the Supreme Court.” The award is fitting for Ms. Moser, who likewise has achieved a career of distinguished service.

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