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May 23, 2013 7:09 PM by Q2 News

Montana judges nominated to federal bench

Two Montana judges have received Presidential nominations to serve as U.S. District Court judges for Montana.

Judge Susan Watters would replace U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings and Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris would replace U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Great Falls. The White House announced today both Watters and Morris have been nominated by the President to serve those positions.

Judge Susan Watters

Judge Susan Watters has served as Montana State District Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District in Yellowstone County since 1998. She was first appointed [by Governor Racicot] and has been reelected to the bench three times in 2000, 2006, and 2012. This most recent election, Judge Watters secured over 80% of the electoral in Yellowstone County. Prior to her appointment, Judge Watters practiced law, first as a sole practitioner and then with Hendrickson, Everson, Noening, and Woodward. She served as deputy county attorney for Yellowstone County for six years and clerked for the Honorable Maurice Colberg and Honorable Diane Barz, both for the 13th Judicial District. Judge Watters graduated with honors from Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings) in 1980, and with her Juris Doctor from University of Montana School of Law in 1988.

Justice Brian Morris

Justice Brian Morris has served as a justice of the Montana Supreme Court since 2005. He was first elected in 2004 and won his reelection in 2012 with over 75% of the electoral. Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Morris served as Montana solicitor general under then-Attorney General Mike McGrath, from 2001-2005. He previously practiced law with the Bozeman firm of Goetz Madden & Dunn, conducting both trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable John Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Justice Morris graduated with his Bachelors and Masters in Economics from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.

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