(KTIV) – Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht will resign effective December 13 as he continues to battle skin cancer.
The 66-year-old Hecht has been receiving treatment for melanoma in Sioux City and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Hecht returned to hear oral arguments in Des Moines for the adjudicative term in early September, but he was unable to hear arguments November 13-14 due to the side effects of the treatment.
After discussing it with his family, Hecht determined it was essential for him to focus on his treatment and recovery.
Raised in Lytton, Iowa, Hecht practiced law in Sioux City for 22 years before his appointment to the court of appeals in 1999. He served there until he was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2006.
Hecht graduated from Morningside College in 1974 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Dakota in 1977. In 2004 he received his LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
Hecht is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.