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Mary Howell Sirna
Mary Howell Sirna received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. After receiving her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996, she worked as a domestic abuse prosecutor for the Marshall County Attorney’s Office and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Pratt, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. From 1999-2013, Ms. Sirna worked as an Assistant Story County Attorney (SCAO), eventually obtaining the title of First Assistant. During her tenure at the SCAO, she specialized in cases including: sexual abuse (both adult and child); domestic abuse; child endangerment; vehicular homicide, and murder. While a prosecutor, Ms. Sirna received the Staff Attorney Award of Merit from the Iowa County Attorney’s Association, and the Golden Seal Award from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

In 2013, Ms. Sirna was hired as an Administrative Advisor to the Iowa State University Police Department. In this capacity, she trains and provides legal updates to officers, assists with investigations, policy and procedure, and acts as a liaison on behalf of the police department to the larger university community. She also assists University Counsel in adjudicating sexual misconduct cases on behalf of ISU. From October 2015 to April 2016, while still fulfilling her Administrator Advisor role for ISU Police, Ms. Sirna also served as the Interim Director of ISU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator. Throughout her career, Ms. Sirna has trained locally, statewide and nationally on a variety of criminal justice related topics.

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