Member Spotlight: Molly Kottmeyer

Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I attended Marquette University and graduated with a double major in International Relations and Political Science. After graduation, I traveled across the country working on political campaigns. I worked in Wisconsin, Louisiana, South Dakota, Virginia and Missouri. While I was in Missouri, I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School while working as Director of Legislative Affairs for Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell. Upon passing the bar, I worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where I represented individuals being evicted from federally subsidized housing and homeless individuals whose municipal violations were preventing them from accessing housing. After our two children were born, my husband and I wanted to move to Des Moines to be near my family. We moved to Des Moines in 2007, and I served as Legislative Liaison for the Department of Human Services. After a brief stint in the governor’s office and with a private company, I started with the Iowa Judicial Branch in July 2012 as Counsel to the Chief Justice.

What is it like to work with the Iowa Supreme Court justices? What do you like about it?
It is an honor and a privilege to work for Chief Justice Cady and the court. I enjoy working with the chief justice and the court to develop and implement policies that improve the administration of justice throughout the state. No two days are ever the same. In my almost seven years in this position I have worked on jury reform, EDMS rules, court on the road, legislation, judicial branch budgets, judicial salaries, juvenile justice issues, child welfare issues, business courts, civil justice reform, mental health commitments, and many other issues.

What issues do you think will be at the forefront for the Iowa judiciary?
The Iowa Judicial Branch must adapt to Iowans’ needs and expectations. We must provide court services to Iowans in an efficient and timely manner. We must show our value, every day, to the people we serve and the policymakers who make decisions affecting the policies and budget of the judicial branch. All of the policies we develop and implement must be based upon that premise.

What do you do to get away from work?
I am a runner, having finished several marathons and half marathons. I am also learning to golf.

What is the best thing about the PCBA?
The collegiality amongst the PCBA members is what I enjoy the most. I also appreciate the dedication of the PCBA members in providing pro bono and low bono legal representation to central Iowans.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
In the 4th grade, I told my classmates at Sacred Heart that I was going to be the first female President of the United States.

What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby.

Words to live by?
Be kind.