Brent R. Appel (born July 13, 1950) is a Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, nominated by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for a term starting in 2006 to succeed James Carter on the Court. His wife, Staci Appel, is a former member of the Iowa Senate from the 37th district. He has six children, Evan Noring, Jacob, Isaac, Olivia, Micheal, and Samuel. Appel graduated from Stanford University with concurrent A.B. and A.M. degrees in 1973. He earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1977. In 2010, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Justice Appel to a six-year term as a member of the federal Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence.