Schmidt, Jacobson appointed to NW District judge seats

BISMARCK, N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Robin A. Schmidt and Paul W. Jacobson to serve on two newly created district court judge vacancies in North Dakota’s Northwest Judicial District. Schmidt and Jacobson are expected to assume their new positions July 31.

“Robin Schmidt and Paul Jacobson are experienced, dedicated attorneys who are highly respected by their peers and I have great confidence they will do an outstanding job serving the citizens of northwest North Dakota,” Dalrymple said. “Robin and Paul have strong ties to northwest North Dakota, they have excellent legal skills and they are well prepared to help address the district’s increased caseload.”

Schmidt, a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, lives in Watford City where she owns and operates Schmidt Law Firm.

Dalrymple appointed Schmidt to the newly created Northwest Judicial District Judgeship No. 11 to be chambered in Watford City.

Jacobson, currently a resident of Bismarck and Williston, has served as assistant disciplinary counsel and disciplinary counsel for the North Dakota Supreme Court and Judicial Conduct Commission for 20 years. Prior to serving the Supreme Court, Jacobson was a partner at the Williston law firm of Bjella, Neff, Rathert, Wahl and Eiken, P.C. where he gained extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts. A military veteran, Jacobson served in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served as prosecutor and defense counsel between 1974 and 1979.

Jacobson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and earned undergraduate degrees in History and Economics at North Dakota State University. Dalrymple appointed Jacobson to the newly created Northwest Judicial District Judgeship No. 10 which will be chambered in Williston.

The Northwest Judicial District serves Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward and Williams counties. Currently, the district consists of five judgeships in Minot and two judgeships in Williston.

Dalrymple recommended and the 2013 Legislature appropriated funding for two additional judgeships to support the northwest district’s increased caseload. The Legislature also created a new judgeship which is yet to be filled for the state’s East Central Judicial District.