Friday, January 7, 2011

Henry Appoints Noma Gurich To Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Noma Gurich

Governor Brad Henry today announced the appointment of Judge Noma Gurich to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.

Gurich, who has served as a district judge in Oklahoma County since 1998, will succeed Justice Marion Opala, who passed away late last year.

She is only the third woman in state history to be appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

“This was an extremely difficult decision because all of the candidates are well respected and highly qualified,” said Henry. “I could not go wrong selecting any one of the nominees, but I could only choose one, and in the final analysis, I felt Noma Gurich had the best qualifications and experience to serve on the state’s highest court.

“During her distinguished legal career, Judge Gurich has compiled an exemplary record of service on the bench and has consistently demonstrated the judicial temperament and intellect necessary to be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice. I know she will perform her new duties with great professionalism and integrity, and I greatly appreciate her willingness to serve.”

Henry selected Gurich from a list of three candidates compiled by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Gurich has been a district judge in Oklahoma County since 1998 and acted as presiding judge from 2003-2004. She has also overseen the work of the state multi-county grand jury. Additionally, Gurich served on the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court for 10 years and worked in private practice. Judge Gurich holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She resides in Oklahoma City with her husband.

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