North Dakota Law

Updates from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

UND Law Student Sydney Bata Awarded Brink Lawyers UND Scholarship

Brink Lawyers is proud to announce that Sydney Einarson Bata, a third-year law student at the University of North Dakota School of Law, is the winner of the Spring 2020 Brink Lawyers Northern Valley Scholarship.  Ms. Bata makes her home in Adams, North Dakota, with her husband, Alexander, and their son, Lincoln.  She is a full-time student at the University of North Dakota School of Law and also works as a legal clerk for her mother, long time family attorney, Darcie Einarson of Einarson Law Office in Grafton. Sydney is a qualified Civil and Family Mediator. Last April, she was invited to attend Harvard Law School’s Food Law Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. to learn more about Agriculture law.  Sydney graduated from Grafton High School in 2013 and from NDSU in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science.

The Brink Lawyers scholarship gives preference to UND students who have a connection to the Northern Red River Valley.  One goal of the scholarship is to encourage prospective attorneys to move back to the Northern Red River Valley after law school.  There is a current crisis of lack of representation, especially for the poor and under-served, in the Northern valley in both Minnesota and North Dakota.  In these rural communities, as current attorneys retire or otherwise leave the practice, fewer and fewer young attorneys come to replace them.

Brink Lawyers is a six-attorney law firm located in Hallock, Minnesota and was founded by legendary litigator Lyman Brink in 1934.  All of the attorneys at Brink Lawyers are licensed in both Minnesota and North Dakota.  Throughout its history, nearly every attorney ever affiliated with Brink Lawyers has been a graduate of the UND School of Law.

Sydney Bata plans to graduate from UND School of Law in August of this year and take the bar exam in February 2021. Upon her passing of the bar exam, she plans to set up practice with her mother in Grafton.