Three lawyers have been named as finalists to fill the East Central Judicial District judgeship vacancy that was created by Justice Lisa Fair McEvers' appointment to the North Dakota Supreme Court.
The finalists named by the Judicial Nominating Committee are: Darcie M. Einarson of Grafton, Thomas R. Olson of Fargo, and Robert L. Stroup III of Fargo.
Seven lawyers initially applied for the position. Governor Jack Dalrymple now has thirty days to make a selection from the committee's list of nominees or he can ask for another list or call an election.
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."Here are short profiles of the finalists with links to additional information.
Darcie Einarson is an attorney in private practice with the Einarson Law Office in Grafton. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1992. Since law school, she has been in private legal practice in Grafton, focusing on family law matters. She has been Grafton's municipal judge since 2008 and was city prosecutor from 1996-2007. During law school, she was the first chief justice of the UND Judicial Branch and certified as a mediator.
Thomas Olson is an attorney in private practice with the Johnson, Ramstad & Mottinger law firm. He has spent his entire legal career of 32 years in Fargo. A graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, Olson was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1981. His practice has strictly focused on civil litigation and trial work and recently expanded to include mediation of civil disputes. He has been a Certified Civil Trial Specialist since 1998.
Robert Stroup III is an attorney for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota in Fargo. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1986. Prior to going to work for BC/BS, he was in private legal practice with the Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm. He also served for five years as an Enforcement Representative for the NCAA. He clerked for Justice H.F. “Sparky” Gierke after law school.
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