Shea Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — Former state workers’ compensation judge Mike Shea has been sworn in as a justice on the Montana Supreme Court.

Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Shea to fill the seat vacated when Justice Brian Morris resigned in December to become a federal judge.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Chief Justice Mike McGrath administered the oath of office on Monday.

Shea graduated from Butte Central and as one of six children of a widowed mother worked to pay his way through college.

Friends and former colleagues praised Shea as selfless, dedicated to justice and a bit of a long-winded storyteller.

Shea said his mother was the largest influence in his life, along with his wife and daughters.

He says he has loved practicing law, loved being a judge and was looking forward to joining the Supreme Court.