The five finalists for the Northeast Central Judicial District vacancy were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers. Here are highlights with links to more detailed information provided by the applicants:
Don Hager is a Larimore attorney. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law and has been in private practice since that time. He has served as City Attorney for Larimore and attorney for numerous other municipalities and political subdivisions. In addition to his legal work, he has been a college and university instructor for 25 years with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, Park University at Grand Forks Air Force Base, and with the University of Mary masters program in Grand Forks.
Jon Jensen is a Grand Forks attorney in private practice. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law and his legal practice focuses on tax litigation. He also litigates in custody, divorce, and commercial matters. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the U.N.D. School of Law in trial advocacy. Before attending law school, Jensen worked as a certified public accountant. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Council.
M. Jason McCarthy is an assistant state's attorney in Grand Forks. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law and is currently the supervising attorney for the personal crimes division of the Grand Forks States Attorney’s Office. He has gained extensive experience since 2003 prosecuting felony and misdemeanor crimes, with a special emphasis on the prosecution of domestic violence, crimes against children, and sexual assaults. He also works to train law enforcement personnel, educators, social workers and medical professionals in domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, and sexual assault law.
Lolita Romanick is a Grand Forks attorney in private practice. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Idaho School of Law. She currently practices in the areas of insurance defense, employment law, personal injury, workers compensation, and general litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was an occupational therapist, and she has continued her involvment in this field as a member of the North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association and a guest lecturer with the UND Physical Therapy Department.
John Thelen is a judicial referee in Grand Forks. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of North Dakota School and has worked as a judicial referee, magistrate and attorney in private practice. As a judicial referee, he has presided over juvenile court deprivation and delinquency matters and held preliminary hearings and initial appearances in adult criminal matters. He is a former president and member of the Greater Grand Forks Community Corrections Advisory Board, serving 8 years on the board.
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