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Published August 23 2011

Fargo prosecutor poised to fill federal judicial vacancy

FARGO – An assistant federal prosecutor for North Dakota will likely be the next U.S. bankruptcy judge in the state.

With Judge William Hill’s retirement, officials at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals are quickly wrapping up the search for his replacement.

Hill told The Forum Monday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Shon Hastings is “soon to be the new bankruptcy judge.”

Hill spoke highly of Hastings, a University of North Dakota Law School graduate who’s worked in the U.S. attorney’s office for several years.

“She has lots of good experience,” Hill said. “She’s very nice, very kind, very capable.”

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.

Eighth Circuit Executive Millie Adams would not confirm Hastings as a candidate for the post, but said the appointment should be announced soon.

A vacancy posting earlier this year at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in North Dakota sought candidates to fill a 14-year appointment with an annual salary of $160,080.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541