The state-owned Iowa Communications Network was used this week to help a Council Bluffs native who’s half-a-world away reach a professional milestone. A Supreme Court Justice stood in front of a video camera in Des Moines — and looked at a video link showing 25-year-old Melissa Head standing in Iraq. The two could see and hear one another, courtesy of the two-way video/audio link from the Iowa Communications Network. The judge administered the oath, and Head became Iowa’s newest lawyer. The soldier, who was wearing fatigues, may return to Iowa in December, or perhaps later, and would have had to wait ’til she returned to Iowa to officially become a lawyer if not for the special Des Moines to Iraq ceremony. Head is currently serving at what’s called “Camp Victory” in Baghdad. She’s a specialist in the Army Corps of Engineers and took the bar exam just before she left in August. She was in Iraq when she learned she’d passed.
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