Iowa Law alumna to receive Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice

The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women will award the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice to United States Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer (JD ’77) at the annual Women’s Equality Day event at 10 a.m. on August 23, 2014, at the Iowa Historical Building, followed by a luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Judge Bremer joins an impressive list of Wilson Medal honorees that includes many familiar names and faces of men and women who have worked to support Iowa’s founding principles of equality and justice. (See a complete list of recipients at

Cristine Swanson Wilson was an Iowa pioneer, educated at Grinnell college, who taught school in New York before returning to Iowa. She was a tireless advocate who pushed for the establishment of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women in 1972, and was a founding member of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus and the first woman to chair the Polk County Republican platform committee. The Cristine Wilson Medal was established in 1982 to honor Iowans whose life and work illustrate their service and dedication to equality and justice.

Judge Bremer is being recognized for her work to increase diversity on Iowa’s courts, and to increase transparency in the judicial selection process.

Additionally, Judge Bremer will be recognized by the Infinity Project,, with the Diana Murphy Legacy award at the Infinity Summit on August 6, 2014, in Omaha for her work in expanding the number of qualified applicants to the federal bench, focusing attention on the federal judicial selection process within the 8th Circuit, and championing issues relating to gender fairness in the courts.

Judge Bremer received her BA in 1974 from St. Ambrose College; her JD in 1977 from the University of Iowa College of Law; and her EdD in 2002 from Drake University School of Education.