Daryl Hecht Bio
Daryl L. Hecht (June 25, 1952 – April 3, 2019) was a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court and president of Iowa Trial Lawyers Association.
Daryl Hecht Biography
Raised on a family farm near Lytton, Iowa. Hecht received a Bachelor of Arts from Morningside College in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota in 1977. Hecht entered private practice in Sioux City, Iowa, remaining in this profession for 22 years, until he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals by Governor Tom Vilsack in 1999. In 2004, Hecht received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.
On August 1, 2006 Justice Hecht was appointed by Governor Vilsack to the Iowa Supreme Court. He succeeded Chief Justice Louis A. Lavorato upon Lavorato’s retirement and joined the Supreme Court on September 30, 2006. In August 2017, he was retained in a retention election with 64% of the vote.
Justice Hecht, through a press release from the Iowa Judicial Branch on November 16, 2018, announced his retirement from the court due to his battle with skin cancer. His resignation took effect December 13, 2018. On February 20, 2019, Christopher McDonald, a former Iowa Court of Appeals and 5th judicial district judge was appointed as his successor.
Daryl Hecht Cause of Death
Justice Daryl Hecht, who served on the state’s highest court for more than a decade, died Wednesday after a battle with skin cancer.
Hecht, of Sloan, served on the state Supreme Court from 2006 until he resigned in December 2018 while receiving treatment for melanoma. He was 66.
The announcement of Hecht’s death came on the 10th anniversary of Varnum v. Brien, an Iowa Supreme Court decision that unanimously overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. Iowa’s ruling that came six years before same-sex marriage was legally recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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