North Dakota Law

Updates from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Solberg and Belliston win 2022 Internal Moot Court Competition

Categories: Students

The final argument of the competition took place on Tuesday, November 15 at the UND Gorecki Alumni Center with second-year law students, Erica Solberg and Sarah Belliston representing the respondent and fellow second-year law students, Grant Ellenson and Theodore Ramage, representing the petitioner. Solberg and Belliston were named champions of the 2022 Internal Moot Court […]

Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle announces retirement

Categories: Alumni, Public

North Dakota Supreme Court Justice and alumnus Gerald W. VandeWalle, ’55,’58, epitomized what it means to be a leader in action long before UND coined the phrase to sum up the spirit of the University and its people. Justice VandeWalle has served the people of North Dakota with his legal knowledge and skills on the […]

Kelly Dillon ’95 appointed referee and magistrate in NCJD

Categories: Alumni

Kelly Dillon has been appointed full-time referee and magistrate for the North Central Judicial District. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, she was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1995. She follows Referee Connie Portscheller in the position. Portscheller has announced her retirement effective Nov. 4. Dillon’s duties will commence Nov. 7.

Ask the Experts: Professor Paul Traynor

Categories: Faculty, Public

Driving Record Check To gain more insight about driving record check, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions: Why is it important for drivers to check their driving record? How often should drivers check their driving record? What is the best thing to do if drivers see […]

Professor Lewerenz is quoted

Categories: Faculty

Insider Yoonji Han In January 2018, Chad and Jennifer Brackeen adopted a Navajo baby boy, winning a legal battle with the Navajo Nation after it sought to place the boy with a Navajo family. Soon after, the Texas couple looked to adopt his younger sister, but ran into more opposition: The girl’s extended family wanted […]

For the Houma People, Displacement Looms With Every Storm: Professor Lewerenz quoted

Categories: Faculty

Kaiser Health News By Emmarie Huetteman For generations, Thomas Dardar Jr.’s family has lived on a small bayou island off the coast of Louisiana called Isle de Jean Charles. Environmental changes, rising seawaters, and storms have dramatically changed the island. Home to members of the United Houma Nation, the island is now about 320 acres, a […]

Q-and-A with Scott County Attorney Candidate: Alumnus Ron Hocevar

Categories: Alumni, Public

swnewsmedia Name/Age: Ron Hocevar, 58. Address: Prior Lake Family: Married to Marci for 28 years; children Isabella, 16, and Dominic, 14; Sherlock, 4 (English Springer Spaniel). – Advertisement – Employment: Scott County Attorney, elected in 2014-present. Education: University of North Dakota for undergrad and law school; Naval Justice School. Hobbies/interests: Coaching and watching my kids youth sports; Hockey; Hunting; Fishing; […]

Prairie Public Profile: Judge Lester Ketterling ’64, second blind person to attend UND School of Law and pass the ND bar

Categories: Alumni

On this date in 1987, the Bismarck Tribune reported on Lester Ketterling, the new county judge for Bottineau, Renville, and Rollette counties. Judge Ketterling enjoyed the job and had a long career to look forward to. However, his journey to becoming a judge had not been easy, since he lost his eyesight at age 12. Listen […]

Featured Expert: Professor Paul Traynor: Drivers Are Open to Adopting Telematics for Savings, so Why Are so Few Opting In?

Categories: Faculty

Telematics can help cut costs and make roads safer, but are drivers ready to trust insurers with their data? moneygeek By  Lucia Caldera With inflation on the rise, car insurance telematics programs may seem like an easy way to secure cheap auto insurance and create safer roads. In a randomized study of 174 drivers over 28 weeks, […]

The Precarious Position of Treaty-less Tribes: Professor Lewerenz quoted

Categories: Faculty

What a five-year fight over a few dozen clams shows about the inconsistent rights of Indigenous tribes. Hakai Magazine by Ashley Braun It was April 30, 2017, and Michael and Andrew Simmons were walking down Copalis Beach, along Washington State’s southwest coast, when they were stopped by Cory Branscomb, an officer with the Washington Department […]