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Interim US attorney tapped for Fargo judgeship

Along with Nick Chase, the other finalists for the position were District Judge Cherie Clark of Jamestown, Fargo public defender Monty Mertz and Stephanie Hayden of West Fargo, a judicial referee in the East Central Judicial District.

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FARGO — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed North Dakota's interim U.S. Attorney Nick Chase to a Fargo-based judgeship in the East Central Judicial District that serves Cass, Steele and Traill counties.

Chase has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota since 2002. He was named interim U.S. attorney in February 2021, succeeding former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, who's now North Dakota’s attorney general.

As an assistant U.S. attorney, Chase led the office’s appellate, white collar fraud, criminal immigration and asset recovery units. Chase has tried various kinds of cases, including illegal labor trafficking, child exploitation, violent crime, international bank fraud, narcotics, money laundering, farm program fraud and Jamaican lottery fraud.

Chase was a special assistant North Dakota attorney general for two years while working in private practice from 1998 to 2002.

He served as a law clerk for Senior Circuit Judge Myron Bright in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1997 to 1998 and for U.S. District Magistrate Judge Karen Klein from 1995 to 1997.

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Chase received his bachelor’s degree from Minot State University and his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1995.

Chase is filling the judgeship vacancy created by the April 30 retirement of Judge Thomas Olson, who has been a district judge since 2014.

Along with Chase, the other finalists for the position were District Judge Cherie Clark of Jamestown, Fargo public defender Monty Mertz and Stephanie Hayden of West Fargo, a judicial referee in the East Central Judicial District.

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