Mark W. Bennett

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Mark W. Bennett (born 1950) is a United States federal judge, serving on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bennett received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1972 and a J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1975. He was in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa from 1975 to 1991, also serving as general counsel with the Iowa Civil Liberties Union from 1975 to 1989. He was a supervising attorney at Drake University Law School's Legal Ethics Clinic from 1981 to 1983, and a lecturer in law, teaching trial advocacy, at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1984 to 1985. He was a special prosecutor for the Committee of Professional Ethics and Conduct of the Iowa State Bar in 1987. He was an instructor with the Drake University Trial Advocacy Institute from 1987 to 1989.

From 1991 to 1994, Bennett was a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. On June 21, 1994, Bennett was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa vacated by Donald E. O'Brien. Bennett was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 9, 1994, and received his commission on August 26, 1994. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2006.