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7 apply for justice seat on Montana Supreme Court

Monday, October 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Seven people have applied with the Judicial Nomination Commission for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court that is opening in January. They are:

  • Michael G. Black, 55, Helena, litigation director for Montana Legal Services Association.
  • Professor Cynthia Ford, 63, Missoula, Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
  • The Honorable Ingrid Gayle Gustafson, 55, Billings, chief judge of the 13th Judicial District.
  • James Gebhard Hunt, 64, Helena, sole practitioner, Hunt Law Offices.
  • Micheal F. Lamb, 63, Helena, Lamb & Carey Law Firm.
  • The Honorable William Russell McElyea, 57, Bozeman, chief water judge, State of Montana.
  • Martha Sheehy, 54, Billings owner/attorney at Sheehy Law Firm.

The applications may be viewed at

The commission is now soliciting public comment on the applicants. Submit written comments to: Judicial Nomination Commission, c/o Lois Menzies, Office of Court Administrator, P.O. Box 203005, Helena, MT 59620-3005; or by email to Comment also will be accepted via telephone at 406-841-2950.

Comments, which will be posted on the commission web page, will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. 

At the end of the comment period, the commission will interview candidates, if necessary, and forward three to five nominees for appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock.

The successful candidate will replace Justice Mike Wheat, who has announced that he is retiring effective the end of this year.