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Bankruptcy judge appointed to second term

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appellate court panel has appointed Montana's bankruptcy judge to a second 14-year term.

The reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher was announced Friday by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kirscher has served under a six-month extension since his term expired last year. The 62-year-old judge and Livingston native is the only full-time federal judge on the Montana bankruptcy court, which handled more than 1,800 cases in fiscal year 2013.

Kirscher is a 1979 graduate of the University of Montana Law School and was in private practice prior in Missoula before his 1999 appointment to the federal bench.

He has presided over high-profile cases such as the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission co-op and Yellowstone Club bankruptcies.

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