Clerk of ND Supreme Court set to retire

Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM CDT
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A long serving member of the state Supreme Court is set to retire at the end of the year.

Clerk of the Supreme Court Penny Miller has been in her position for nearly 30 years.

She's the fourth Supreme Court clerk for the state.

Miller knew she wanted to go into law at a very young age.

She went to law school at the University of North Dakota and was passionate about making a difference.

Miller was unsure about what exactly she wanted to do with her degree and then a job opportunity came knocking that was hard to refuse.

She wears many hats in order to help keep the court system afloat.

"I have quite frankly given my heart and soul to this court," said Miller

Many refer to her as the penny in their pocket, someone they can always rely on.

ND Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle said: "She has been more than my right hand. She's been my go to person in many, many instances. She's always so willing to do things beyond her job description."

She was hired to be a clerk six months.

"I think it's a hoot!!" before VandeWalle became chief justice. For perspective he's the longest serving chief justice in the history of the state," said Miller. "It's just been a joke with us because there's somebody here at the court who has seniority on something over him."

Miller says every day is different when you're doing a job like hers.

"People might think that after 31 years you get into a rut, but I never felt like I was in a rut," said Miller.

VandeWalle says Miller leaves big shoes to fill.

She'll soon turn off the court room lights one last time.

Her final day is Dec. 31.

Miller says it's scary to think that after so many years her calendar will no longer have days booked back to back with meetings, errands and must do's.

She says it's time for her to take a step back, spend time with her family and do a little traveling.

But, Miller won't go too far; she says she's only a call away if the court needs her and will keep her law license up to date.