Dalrymple appoints Jason McCarthy, '99, to NEC Judicial District Judgeship

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Office of Governor Jack Dalrymple

BISMARCK, N.D.--Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Grand Forks-based state’s attorney Jason McCarthy to the Northeast Central Judicial District Court bench. McCarthy replaces Debbie Kleven who resigned in August.

"Jason McCarthy has proven himself a highly qualified attorney who is dedicated to upholding the rule of law," Dalrymple said. "His integrity and extensive experience will be a great asset to the Northeast Central Judicial District, and I am confident that he will bring to the bench the same sense of fairness and respect for the law that has defined his career."

Since 2013, McCarthy has served as chief deputy state’s attorney for the Grand Forks County States Attorney’s office. He supervises attorneys assigned to the office’s criminal division and manages the division’s caseload. A state’s attorney for 13 years, his duties also include the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases, with a specialty in the prosecution of domestic violence, crimes against children and sexual assaults.

McCarthy is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and remains active in his community. He serves on the Agassiz Enterprises Disabled Persons Board of Directors, and is a volunteer instructor for Grand Forks Public Schools’ Junior Achievement program.

Following law school, McCarthy served as assistant to the director of the Northern Plains Judicial Training Institute, and he also completed a clerkship with the Northeast Central Judicial District. McCarthy graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law with distinction in May 1999. He earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The Northeast Central Judicial District serves Grand Forks and Nelson counties. McCarthy is expected to begin serving December 1.