Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner has announced her resignation effective July 31. She has served on the North Dakota Supreme Court since 1998.
Justice Kapsner announced her resignation in a letter to Governor Doug Burgum.
"It has been my great privilege to serve the people and the State of North Dakota in this position," Kapsner wrote.
In a news release, Gov. Burgum said "Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner has built an impeccable record of service to the State of North Dakota and the legal profession as a whole."
Gov. Burgum said that Justice Kapsner was "a brilliant attorney and jurist" who was "a leader in the local and state bar associations and a wonderful mentor to young people in her profession, especially female lawyers." He thanked her for her contributions to the state's legal system.
Governor Edward T. Schafer appointed Justice Kapsner to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Herbert L. Meschke in October 1998. In 2000 and 2010, she was elected to 10-year terms.
Justice Kapsner was born in Bismarck and raised in Underwood and Bismarck. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn.; studied 17th-century English literature at Oxford University; and received a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Indiana University in 1971. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colo., in 1977.
She started the law firm of Kapsner and Kapsner with her husband John in Bismarck in 1977 and was engaged in the private practice of law until her appointment to the Court.
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