Governor Jack Dalrymple has appointed James Hill to fill the South Central Judicial District judgeship vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Donald L. Jorgensen.
Hill was one of four finalists named by the Judicial Nominating Committee for the position. The others were Steven Balaban, Brian Grosinger, and Paul Myerchin. Nine lawyers applied for the position after a second call for applicants was made May 27.
Judge Jorgensen retired July 3. Under Article 6, § 13, of the North Dakota Constitution the person appointed "shall continue in the position until the next general election immediately following the service of at least two years."
Hill has been a trial attorney in private practice in Bismarck since 1981. A 1974 University of North Dakota School of Law graduate, he previously served for 5 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has been the representative of the State Bar Association to the American Bar Association House of Delegates since 1994 and recently completed a term on the ABA Board of Governors.