Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed judicial referee and magistrate Pamela Nesvig of Bismarck to a newly created judgeship in the South Central Judicial District, effective Sept. 1.
The judgeship was created by the state Legislature earlier this year to accommodate rising caseloads in the nine-county judicial district. Nesvig will be chambered in Mandan.
Nesvig has served as a judicial referee and magistrate in the South Central Judicial District since September 2015, presiding over juvenile court proceedings and hearings related to protection orders, adult guardianship, eviction, traffic, small claims, divorce, child support and mental health. She is a member of the Juvenile Drug Court, Guardianship Workgroup, North Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act state design team, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Dual Status Youth Initiative Executive Committee, Case Flow Management Committee and Court Improvement Project Task Force. Nesvig also is an experienced prosecutor, previously serving as senior assistant state’s attorney in Burleigh County for about 5½ years and as an assistant state’s attorney for four years before that. She also has worked in private practice and spent a year as a safety consultant for the North Dakota Safety Council.
Nesvig earned her law degree in 2005 from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and environmental health in 2001 from UND and an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Bismarck State College. She is a member of the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota.