Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday appointed Billings attorney Michael Glen Moses to a vacant district judgeship in Yellowstone County.

The 61-year-old Moses will take the place of Susan Watters, who resigned in December to become a federal judge. Bullock spokesman Dave Parker says Moses and the court will work out the date he'll be sworn into office.

Moses has been in private practice in Billings since 1978 and specializes in criminal law. He is a principle in the two-member firm Moses and Lansing PC and received a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore.

Moses will serve in the 13th Judicial District until an election is held in 2016.