Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Grand Forks attorney Jay D. Knudson to a judgeship in the Northeast Central Judicial District, effective December 18, 2017. Knudson fills the vacancy created by Justice Jon Jensen’s appointment to the North Dakota Supreme Court earlier this year.
Knudson’s extensive legal experience includes work in criminal, civil, domestic relations, juvenile, immigration and financial arenas. He has represented clients in state courts, including the North Dakota Supreme Court, as well as the 8th Circuit and 3rd Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals, Federal Immigration Court and Federal Bankruptcy Court.
Prior to his appointment, Knudson practiced law at Zimney Foster, P.C. in Grand Forks representing financial institutions since January 2017. From January 2015 to December 2016, he served as the Judicial Referee/Magistrate Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District Court, and from 2011 to 2015, he worked with the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents. He previously worked in private practice.
A former president of the Grand Forks County Bar Association and current member of the Grand Forks Community Corrections Advisory Board, Knudson has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Knudson, who grew up on a farm near Clifford, N.D., earned his law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, also from UND, in 2001.
Knudson’s community involvement includes prior roles on the board of directors for United Day Nursery and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals.