Yellowstone’s 5th U.S. Magistrate Judge Sworn Into Duty
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Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
Yellowstone's 5th U.S. Magistrate Judge Sworn Into Duty
A former Billings, Montana-based attorney was sworn in earlier this week as United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming, to preside over the U.S. District Court in Yellowstone National Park.
Judge Mark Carman was selected by the Wyoming District Judges following an application and interview process. He will reside with his family in Mammoth Hot Springs.
The Lacey Act of 1894 established the judgeship in Yellowstone National Park and Judge Carman is only the fifth judge to fill this position. He succeeds the late Judge Stephen Cole, who served for 31 years until his retirement last May. John Meldrum was the first judge appointed to serve in Yellowstone National Park. Judge Meldrum was appointed in 1894 and served 41 years.
Judge Carman received his undergraduate degree in Wildland Hydrology from Colorado State University in 1978 and his law degree in 1981 from the University of Wyoming. During his legal career he worked as a prosecuting attorney for district attorney offices in Casper, Wyoming and in California. Judge Carman practiced both plaintiff and defense civil litigation as a shareholder with Williams, Porter, Day and Neville, P.C., and with Balzer, Carman, Murdock, L.L.C. from 1988 to 2005. In 2005, he formed Carman Law Office, P.C. in Billings, Montana, a litigation firm representing clients in Wyoming and Montana and was Of Counsel with Brown, Drew & Massey, L.L.P. of Casper. Judge Carman's practice focused on personal injury, aviation, and oil and gas litigation. He taught Aviation Law as an adjunct professor for Rocky Mountain College. Judge Carman has been admitted to the practice of law in Wyoming, Montana, California and Colorado.
Judge Carman and his wife of 26 years, Nancy, have three daughters. Judge Carman holds a private pilot certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings and enjoys equestrian competition, fishing, scuba diving and tennis. He has served on various non-profit boards including Ronald McDonald House of Billings, Warfield Equestrian Park, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation.
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