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Investiture ceremony held for Judge Hurly

By Staff | Aug 25, 2017

An investiture ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at the Pierce County Courthouse for the recently appointed Northeast Judicial District judge serving in the Rugby chambers.

Judge Michael P. Hurly was presented his robe and gavel, and was administered an oath of office.

Northeast Judicial District Presiding Judge Laurie A. Fontaine served as the master of ceremonies for the event, and honored guests included district and N.D. Supreme Court justices, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and State Bar Association President Darcie Einarson.

Fontaine, Hurly, Sanford and Einarson gave remarks, as did N.D. Supreme Court Justice Gerald VandeWalle.

Appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to fill a vacancy in the Rugby district court chambers, Hurly serves a two-year term as judge (which began Aug. 7) until the next general election. The vacancy occurred when former judge John C. McClintock, Jr., retired for health reasons.

Hurly was one of four applicants for the judgeship position, and one of the two persons that were finalists for it picked by a six-person nominating committee. The committee forwarded the two names to Burgum for consideration.

Hurly was admitted to the state bar in 2007, and was partner at the Traynor Law Firm. He also served as an assistant state’s attorney for Benson, Nelson and Ramsey counties, as an assistant city attorney and city prosecutor for Devils Lake, and as a city attorney for St. John.

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