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Davies, Fehr, Pianca nominated for 13th Judicial District judge opening

Friday, February 23, 2018  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Three attorneys have been nominated for a vacant 13th Judicial District judge position.

The Judicial Nomination Commission submitted the names of Billings attorneys Colette Baumgardner Davies, Jessica Teresa Fehr and Analicia Teresa Pianca for consideration for appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock.

The governor must appoint one of the three within 30 days of receiving the recommendation. The 13th Judicial District covers Yellowstone County. The person who is selected will fill the seat formerly held by Justice Ingrid Gustafson, who was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court in December.

Davies, 39, is a partner with the Billings firm Bishop, Heenan & Davies, where she has worked since 2011. She served as Billings Municipal Court judge from 2005 to 2010.

Fehr, a former assistant U.S. attorney, is now a shareholder at local law firm Moulton Bellingham P.C. 

Pianca is an assistant public defender in the Billings region’s Office of the State Public Defender.

The position is subject to election in 2018. The successful candidate will serve a six-year term. 

The commission took its action during a conference call on Friday, Feb. 23, after the close of a 30-day public comment period, opting not to interview candidates. There were four applicants for the position.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge John C. Brown of Bozeman; Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.