Dec. 4, 2017: Jay D. Knudson has been appointed as a North Dakota District Court Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District by Gov. Doug Burgum, effective on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Knudson succeeds Jon Jensen, who was appointed to the North Dakota State Supreme Court earlier in 2017. Knudson has worked in the legal field in several areas, including the criminal, civil, domestic relations, juvenile, immigration and financial areas. Knudson has represented clients in state courts, including the North Dakota State Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit and the Third Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals, the Federal Immigration Court and the Federal Bankruptcy Court. Before his District Court 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 was the Judicial Referee/Magistrate Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District Court, and from 2011 to 2015, he worked at the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents. He previously worked in private practice. Knudson, who grew up on a farm near Clifford, N.D., received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2004.