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Judiicial Nomination Commission submits 3 names to governor for Ravalli County District Court judge

Tuesday, July 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Judicial Nomination Commission has submitted the names of three Hamilton attorneys to Gov. Steve Bullock for appointment to a vacant Ravalli County District Court judge seat.

  • Jennifer Boatwright Lint,
  • Howard Frank Recht
  • Thomas John Schoenleben Jr.

The action comes after a 30-day public comment period and interviews the commission held with the candidates.

Lint, 50, is a 1997 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. She has been the owner and principal, Boatwright Law Office since 1999. She has been a contract attorney for the city of Hamilton since 1999. She has served as a substitute Ravalli County justice of the peace since 2015 and as a substitute Missoula city judge since 2016.

Recht, 58, is a 1986 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. He has been the Ravalli County Attorney’s Office’s chief civil counsel since 2011. Before that he was in private practice in Hamilton for most of his career, with the exception of a stint as corporate counsel at a Hamilton business from 1997-2002.

Schoenleben, 30, is a 2012 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. He has been the principal and owner of Bitteroot Law since 2016. Before that he worked for the Montana Office of the Public Defender for four years, including a year as the regional deputy attorney in Havre.

The person the governor appoints is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2019 legislative session and must win election in 2020. The successful candidate will serve a six-year term.