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Vannatta appointed 4th Judicial District judge

Tuesday, February 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Missoula attorney Shane Vannatta has been appointed to a newly created 4th Judicial District judge position.

Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Vannatta to the position on Tuesday. 

Vannatta becomes the fifth judge in the district, which encompasses Missoula and Mineral counties. The position was one of three created by the 2017 Montana Legislature, along with two positions in the 3rd Judicial District (Yellowstone County), to address high caseloads.

The appointment concludes a process that saw nine people apply with the Judicial Nomination Commission in October. After accepting public comment, the commission interviewed seven of the applicants, and forwarded the nominations of Vannatta and four others to the governor. 

Vannatta is a shareholder attorney with Worden Thane P.C. in Missoula, where he has worked since graduating law school in 1993. He served as State Bar of Montana president in 2011-2012, and has served as chair of the bar's New Lawyers Section (1995-1996), Professionalism Committee (2004-2010), Board of Trustees (2008-2010) and Past Presidents Committee (2013-2014). He has been the ABA delegate for the State Bar of Montana since December 2012. 

Vannatta was among nine people who applied for the position with the with the Judicial Nomination Commission.

He is a graduate of Bainville Public High School and received both his Bachelor of Arts in political science and Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana.