Dalrymple appoints 2 new judgesBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday filled two new judgeships in northwestern North Dakota.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday filled two new judgeships in northwestern North Dakota.
Watford City lawyer Robin Schmidt will serve in Watford City. Lawyer Paul Jacobson, who lives in Bismarck and Williston, will serve in Williston.
The Legislature this year approved the new judgeships to help with an increasing caseload in the booming western North Dakota oil patch. The two new judgeships boost the total in the Northwest Judicial District to nine — one in Watford City, three in Williston and five in Minot.
The district serves Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward and Williams counties. Court filings there increased 37 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to the state Supreme Court.
"Robin and Paul have strong ties to northwest North Dakota, they have excellent legal skills and they are well prepared to help address the district's increased caseload," Dalrymple said in a statement.
Schmidt, a graduate of the University of North Dakota law school, owns and operates Schmidt Law Firm in Watford City. She previously worked for the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo and Bismarck.
Jacobson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, has served as assistant disciplinary counsel and disciplinary counsel for the North Dakota Supreme Court and Judicial Conduct Commission for 20 years. Before that he was a partner in a Williston law firm. He also has been a prosecutor in the U.S. Army.
The Legislature also created a new judgeship which is yet to be filled for the state's East Central Judicial District, in the Fargo region.