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3 apply for 21st Judicial District judge vacancy

Tuesday, June 12, 2018  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Three Hamilton attorneys have applied with the Judicial Nomination Commission for a 21st Judicial District judge vacancy.

The commission began accepting applications for the in May to fill the seat to be vacated by Judge James A. Haynes.  Judge Haynes is retiring effective July 31. 

The following attorneys have applied:

  • Jennifer Boatwright Lint, Boatwright Law Office
  • Howard Frank Recht, chief civil counsel, Ravalli County Attorney’s Office
  • Thomas John Schoenleben Jr., Bitterroot Law

The commission is now seeking public comment on the applicants.  The applications may be viewed at  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.

Comments become part of an applicant’s file and will be posted on the commission’s web page and forwarded to Gov. Steve Bullock. Public comment may be submitted to:

Judicial Nomination Commission, c/o Lois Menzies, Office of Court Administrator, P.O. Box 203005, Helena, MT 59620-3005; by email to; or by calling 406-841-2972.

The Commission will forward the names of nominees to the governor for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary.  The person appointed by the Governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2019 legislative session.  The position is subject to election in 2020, and the successful candidate will serve a six-year term. 

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge John C. Brown of Bozeman; Jan 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.