Lunch with Lawyers: Judge Michael Streit '75 (JD)

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  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.


Warren Hall, Faculty Reading Room

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Join us for this informal discussion with alumnus Judge Michael Streit, '75 (JD). Judge Streit will give insight and advice relating to his career and answer student questions.

In April 2011, former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit joined Ahlers & Cooney in its Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations practice area, where he is involved with complex mediations and arbitrations.

In 2001, Governor Thomas Vilsack appointed Judge Streit to the Iowa Supreme Court, where he served through 2010. While serving on the Supreme Court, Judge Streit authored over 170 opinions. He served as Chair of the Rules committee, and on the Bar Admissions and Administrative committees. He enjoyed serving as liaison to the Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Judicial districts.

In May of 2012, Judge Streit was awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by Caroline Kennedy on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Foundation. The award was presented to Judge Streit for conscientious and courageous leadership while he served on the Iowa Supreme Court.

Born in Sheldon, Iowa, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served on the law review and was editor-in-chief of the monthly law journal. While a member of the law review, Streit authored articles on the Investment Advisers Act of 1935 and Section 16b of the Securities Exchange Act. Licensed in the Iowa, California and Nebraska courts, he began practicing law with the Morr and Shelton law firm in Chariton, Iowa until 1983, where he served farmers, businessmen and every day Iowans. He also served as assistant Lucas County attorney and Lucas County attorney before being appointed as a district court judge in 1983, where he served in all 16 counties of the Fifth Judicial District. He presided over cases dealing with crime, families, business, farm debt, juveniles, and probate.

Judge Streit was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to the Court of Appeals in 1996. In the five years on the Court of Appeals, he wrote over 600 decisions.

Judge Streit, as a member of the Blackstone Inn of Court, served for two months in the British courts in London, Oxford and Birmingham. As part of the experience, he sat both on the bench with judges and with the barristers in court. He has met with and taught groups of lawyers and judges from Bosnia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, China, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, and students from over 30 countries.

2Ls and up are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register by October 17. Email Elyse Amberg to reserve your spot or join the waitlist.


Judge Michael Streit '75 (JD)

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