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Four seek district judgeship

By Staff | May 26, 2017

Four candidates, all with North Dakota roots have applied to fill the Northeast Judicial District judgeship recently vacated by the retirement of John C, McClintock Jr. of Rugby.

Three of the four applicants for the position attended and graduated from the University of North Dakota Law School and the fourth is a daughter of former NE Judicial District Court Judge Michael Sturdevant of Bottineau, who attended and graduated from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan.

The list of applicants include Meredith K. Childress, of Minot, William R. Hartl of Rugby, Michael P. Hurly of Devils Lake and Misty L. Nehring of Williston. Childress is currently employed as a child support officer in Minot and is the Thomas Coolly graduate. Her father, Micahel Sturdevant, served as NE Judicial Court Judge in Bottineau until his retirement two years ago. Hartl is the public defender for many NE Judicial District Court cases in Bottineau. Hurly is employed at Traynor Law Firm, PC. of Devils Lake. Nehring is an attorney in the Williston public defenders office.

The candidates will be interviewed by a nominating committee constructed of nine members that includes three temporary members and six permanent members. The permanent members are appointed by the Governor, the ND Supreme Court Chief Justice and the President of the ND Bar Association. The temporary members are appointed to serve a specific term length in the district where a judgeship becomes vacant. The nominating committee shall forward a list of finalists to Governor Doug Burgum, who will then have 30 days to appoint a new judge from the list submitted by the nominating committee, send the list back to the nominating committee for an additional recommendation or call for a special election to fill the vacancy.

The successful candidate chosen by Governor Burgum will serve a term of at least two years until the next general election.

The judge chambers will be located in Rugby.

This article previously appeared in the May 15 edition of the Turtle Mountain Star.

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