The Navajo Nation Council confirmed the probationary appointment of Malcolm Begay as a district court judge of the Navajo Nation on July 23, with a vote of 18 in favor and none opposed.
Begay was given the oath of office by Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley immediately following the vote.
He was recommended for the probationary appointment to the President of the Navajo Nation by the Law and Order Committee through Resolution LOCJN-04-13. President Ben Shelly appointed Begay to serve as a probationary judge on May 16.
Begay is from Steamboat. His maternal clan is of the Black Streak Wood People, born for the Towering House people; Cliff Dwellers/Honey Combed Rock People are his maternal grandfathers, and Rock Gap clan are his paternal grandfathers.
He has been serving as a staff attorney with the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch since November 2010. He has also worked with the Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor, and was honorably discharged from the United States Marines Corps.
Begay graduated with a diploma from Holbrook High School, a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Western International University and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.