3 apply to succeed Judge McLees

Three Minot lawyers have applied to succeed North Central Judicial District Judge William McLees when he steps down from the bench at the end of June. The North Dakota Supreme Court had announced McLees’ retirement on Feb. 12.

The applicants are Kelly Ann Dillon, Stacy Joan Louser and Robert Wade Martin.

Dillon is the Deputy State’s Attorney for Ward County. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, in Grand Forks, she was admitted to practice law in North Dakota in 1995, according to her biographical sketch on the Supreme Court website (www.ndcourts.gov).

Louser is a partner at Louser & Zent PC, a Minot law firm. Also a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, she was admitted to practice law in North Dakota in 2007.

Martin is the attorney for and the director of the Minot branch of the North Dakota Public Defenders’ Office. A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, in St. Paul, Minn., he was admitted to practice law in North Dakota in 1988.

The Judicial Nominating Committee is scheduled to interview the applicants on May 21 in Minot, according to a Supreme Court announcement. The committee will then make its recommendation to Governor Jack Dalrymple, who will then have 30 days to make a selection.