Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Stephannie N. Stiel to a judgeship in the East Central Judicial District, effective Feb. 1, 2018. Stiel, who will be chambered in Fargo, replaces Judge Norman Anderson, who is retiring effective Jan. 31, 2018.
Stiel has extensive private sector experience and until her appointment was a shareholder at Conmy Feste Ltd. in Fargo, where she has worked since August 2004 in the areas of civil litigation and employment law. She was a Judicial Law Clerk for the North Dakota Supreme Court from Aug. 2003 – July 2004, president of the Cass County Bar Association in 2010 and president of the Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court from 2008 – 2009. She also served on the Board of Governors of the North Dakota Association for Justice from 2008 – 2013.
Stiel, who grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, graduated with degrees in criminal justice and psychology from Minnesota State University at Moorhead in 2000, and attended the University of North Dakota School of Law where she graduated with a Juris Doctor with distinction in May 2003.
In addition to her work as an attorney, Stiel is a founding member of the North Dakota Chapter of Hands & Voices, an organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She and her husband Tom live in West Fargo with their four children.