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Justice Mary Maring Retires

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Nearly 18 years ago, the second woman was sworn in as a North Dakota Supreme Court Justice, and today she was honored for her service at a retirement ceremony. 

"It is my privilege on behalf of the state bar association to present this robe to Justice Maring."

Justice Mary Maring was sworn in to office on April 26th, 1996 as the newest North Dakota Supreme Court Justice, only the second woman to be appointed to the position. 

"I was very fortunate. It has been wonderful and it's very wonderful that Governor Dalrymple appointed another woman to my spot. I think it's very important to have that perspective on the court," says Justice Maring.

Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says the state was lucky to have her  serve for the past nearly 18 years and says he enjoyed being on the bench next to her.

"Working with Justice Maring is an interesting experience, because she works so hard, she makes the others work so hard. So she really is an inspiration. She does everything very, very well. She never takes on something she doesn't do very well," says VandeWalle.

One of those things she took on was helping to start the state juvenile drug court after hearing about its success at a national association of women judges meeting. 

"At that meeting they had a presentation on drug courts. It was phenomenal the success that these courts were having already and they had just gotten started really in the late 80's beginning of the 90's. So the courts had not been around for very long," says Maring.

"There was a lot of people involved in drug courts, but, at least, the idea for the teen, the juvenile drug court was really Justice Maring's. She pursued it and brought the idea to me, and I was saying 'Oh, I don't know about this,' and I did some reading and some looking and she convinced me and I'm now a supporter," says VandeWalle.

But even with all that success, what she says she will miss most is the people she works with. 

"It's a very small judiciary, our Supreme Court staff is really pretty small when you compare it to other states. So it's like a family. It's hard to leave good people that you've enjoyed working with and I've enjoyed the work too, so I know I'll miss it," says Maring.

But for Maring retirement doesn't mean goodbye. She will serve on the bench from time to time and fill in while other Justices are away. 

Justice Lisa McEvers took over Maring's spot on the court. 

She began her duties at the start of this year.

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