Guest Blog: School of Law

Greetings from the School of Law!  We’ve been putting our new and improved law school building to good use, including providing space for some terrific events hosted by the law school’s outstanding student organizations over the past few weeks—including the upcoming Energy Law Symposium, which is open to the public:

ND Law Review Symposium on Energy Law

During the past few years, North Dakota has experienced unprecedented growth and expansion due to oil development in the Bakken region. Yet, these significant economic and industrial contributions have a human cost resulting in many viewing oil production as both a blessing and a curse.

The North Dakota Law Review is hosting its annual Symposium on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the University of North Dakota School of Law. The event is free and open to the public. There is a $50 charge for 5.5 ND CLE credits. Minnesota credits are pending.

This year’s Symposium will address North Dakota’s changing social landscape and its impact on five legal fields: housing, crime, immigration, human trafficking, and Indian Country jurisprudence.

Registration and more information is available on the School of Law’s website:

Career Path with Christopher Joseph

Christopher S. Joseph recently spoke to a capacity crowd of UND Law students, faculty and staff.  He gave advice to current law students on seeking employment after graduation and about the advantages gained working as a judicial law clerk and intern.  Joseph was recently named an Assistant Attorney General for North Dakota.  Prior to joining the ND Attorney General’s office, Jospeh worked for two years as a judicial law clerk for the North Dakota Southeast Judicial District.  He attended the UND School of Law and during that time clerked for the Zimney Foster Law Firm in Grand Forks, ND as well as interned for the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigent Defense in Fargo, ND.  Prior to attending law school, Joseph spent three years on active duty as a Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.

The event was co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and UND Law Office of Career Development.


Helen Hamilton Day

Each year, the Law Women’s Caucus hosts Helen Hamilton Day in honor of the first female graduate from UND’s School of Law.

Helen Hamilton was the first woman to graduate from the UND School of Law, Class of 1905. Hamilton was the only woman in the senior class and was also the class president. The following comments appeared in the information published in honor of the graduation of the Class of 1905: “She with all the charm of woman, She with all the breadth of man.”

States began admitting women to the bar in 1920 after women obtained suffrage. Hamilton was listed as a member of the American Bar Association in 1925. She practiced law in Grand Forks for 43 years with the firms of Bangs, Cooley & Hamilton; and Bangs, Hamilton and Bangs. Helen Hamilton died on September 30, 1949 at the age of 75.

This year’s event was on Friday, March 4. A day-long program of panel discussions focused around the title, “The past, present and future of women in the law: Revitalizing the past to help shape the future.”  Presentations included Professor Tammy Pettinato and Judge Lolita Romanick on employment discrimination; Jennifer Albaugh, Margaret Eyre, and Rory Suby on domestic violence, and Michelle Rydz and Professor Margaret Moore Jackson on housing discrimination.

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All of us at UND School of Law are very proud of our student organizations and everything they contribute to the law school’s educational environment and service to the profession.  If you are interested in more upcoming events at the School of Law, please check out our calendar at In addition to the Energy Law Symposium, we are hosting events on voter rights, Indian law, Justice Scalia’s legacy, and rural employment opportunities for law graduates.

Hope to see you at a School of Law event sometime soon!

Dean Kathryn R.L. Rand

UND School of Law



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