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Belcher is a Polk County District Associate Judge in Iowa's 5C District. Appointed in 2010, she became the first African-American female judge in the state of Iowa. Belcher is a native of Plymouth, N.C. and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received her B.A. degree with a major in administration of justice and a minor in broadcast journalism. Belcher is a 1995 graduate of Drake University Law School where she was president of the BLSA chapter, secretary of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team. After graduating she was a judicial law clerk for then Iowa Supreme Court Justice Louis Lavorato and in 1995, she became an Assistant Polk County Attorney before her appointment as a District Associate Judge.

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