Chief Judge Arthur E. Gamble

2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Eighth Circuit

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA—Chief Judge Arthur E. Gamble has been recognized with the prestigious 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Eighth Circuit. The award will be presented to Gamble on August 17, 2018 at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, by Chief Judge Lavenski R. “Vence” Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Gamble is chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa, a post he has held since 1995; he served as assistant chief judge from 1990 to 1995. He is a trial judge of general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases in Polk County, Iowa, and other rural counties of the district. Until 1983, Gamble was a lawyer in private practice in Des Moines with the firm of Gamble, Riepe, Burt, Webster & Davis.

Appointed in 1988 by the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Gamble also served until recently as a public utility rate judge where he had appellate jurisdiction over judicial review proceedings of the Iowa Utilities Board.

In 2007, Gamble served as chair of the Iowa Judgeship Formula Assessment Committee. He has also served on the Iowa Confidential Records Council, as chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on District Court Clerks, and chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on Courthouse Security. In 2005, he was named one of the 500 leading judges in America by Lawdragon.

Gamble is president emeritus of the C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court and past president of the Iowa Judges Association. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of Iowa, and his JD with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.

The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, inspires the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. The organization’s membership includes more than 31,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in nearly 380 chapters nationwide and more than 100,000 alumni members. More information is available at

American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards 

The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded each year, in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.