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Governor Appoints Merrick SE Judge

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Uploaded on Oct 21, 2009

At the Stutsman County Courthouse, Wednesday afternoon, (Oct 21st) Governor John Hoeven named Jamestown Attorney, Thomas Merrick, to a new judgeship in the Southeast Judicial District Court. The Judgeship, to be Chambered in Jamestown, is one of two new judicial benches created in Senate Bill 2121 by the North Dakota Legislature at the request of the North Dakota Supreme Court. On hand for the announcement were: Southeast District Judges, including Judge John Greenwood of Jamestown, Judge John T. Paulson of Valley City, Judge James Bekken of New Rockford, and Judge Mikal Simonson of Valley City, along with members of the Judicial Nominating Committee and court personnel.

Governor Hoeven told the gathering at the courtroom that "Tom is a highly respected attorney, and member of his community. He added, "(Tom) has the judicial temperament, good judgement and high professional standards to serve with distinction on the District Court Bench." The Governor said, Merrick came well recommended. He said there were six applicants for the Judgeship.

Merrick will serve, beginning January 1st, 2010, for two years, and the Judgeship will then be open for election.

In addition to thanking the Governor for the appointment, Merrick, thanked his wife, Pam, who accompanied him for her support, and thanked the Judicial Nominating Committee, and the community for its support, in his appointment.

The second Judicial Bench created by the State Legislature, is a position in the Northwest Judical District, chambered in Minot.

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Merrick worked his way through the University of Toledo in Ohio and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1972. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force, was commissioned, and eventually attained the rank of captain. He participated in the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam in 1975. Following his overseas service, he was stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base until 1980, when he entered the University of North Dakota School of Law. Merrick received his Juris Doctor in 1983.

Merrick has been in private practice in Jamestown since his graduation, representing clients in criminal, civil, juvenile, probate and administrative matters. He has served as counsel for the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority for 25 years, and has provided legal counsel to a number of small communities, including Pingree, Gackle and Spiritwood Lake City. He has also represented clients through Legal Services of North Dakota for more than 20 years. He has participated in more than 40 jury trials and 46 appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court. In 2006, Merrick received the State Bar Association of North Dakota Community Service Award.

Merrick and his wife Pamela have been active in a number of church, civic and nonprofit organizations, including the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Optimist Club and the Society for American Baseball Research. The couple has three children, sons Rodger and Robert, and daughter Amanda.

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