John Grinsteiner, '98, appointed South Central District Judge

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed John Grinsteiner as the South Central Judicial District's newest judge. Grinsteiner is currently a judicial referee in Bismarck.

The Supreme Court created the new SCJD Judgeship No. 9 to be chambered in Mandan after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. Seven lawyers originally applied for the position. The other finalists were Wade Mann, Mandy Maxon, and Matthew Sagsveen.

"John Grinsteiner is a dedicated and highly qualified attorney with extensive experience working within the court system," Dalrymple said. "He brings to the position an unwavering commitment to public service and a wealth of experience in both criminal and civil law that will be a tremendous asset for the citizens served by the South Central Judicial District."

Grinsteiner is a University of North Dakota School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1998. After graduating law school, he owned and operated a solo law practice until being appointed judicial referee in 2003.

Under Article 6, § 13, of the North Dakota Constitution the person appointed "shall continue in the position until the next general election immediately following the service of at least two years."