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Snipes Ruiz appointed 12th Judicial District judge

Monday, January 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Havre lawyer Kaydee Snipes Ruiz has been appointed as district judge for the 12th Judicial District.

Snipes Ruiz will take over for the Honorable Daniel Boucher, who retired in November after eight years on the bench.

Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Snipes Ruiz, who was one of four attorneys who applied for the position with the Judicial Nomination Commission, on Jan. 7. The 12th Judicial District covers Hill, Liberty and Chouteau Counties.

Snipes Ruiz has served since June 2014 as regional deputy public defender for the Office of the State Public Defender’s Havre office. Before joining OPD, she was an associate attorney at Lorang Law in Havre.

She won the state of Montana Governor's Award for Excellence in 2016 for her work with the public defender's office.

The Great Falls native is a 2011 graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law and a 2008 graduate of Montana State University.

Judge Boucher was appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2010 and won re-election in 2012 and 2018.