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UND Law Newsletter | January 2024

UND Law Newsletter
January 2024

A Message from Dean Pappas

Happy New Year! It is with great excitement that we launch the first UND School of Law electronic newsletter. This publication is part of our efforts to build a stronger UND Law community by keeping our alumni and friends informed of what is happening here at UND. Our hope is that this publication will engage and inspire by sharing the great work that our students, faculty, and staff are achieving within our school.
We recently welcomed our students back for the spring semester, and I’m happy to report that our halls have come back to life with determined law students eager for knowledge and the next steps in their journey to becoming great attorneys. Our faculty are excited to return to the classroom with their students, and our staff are diligently working to make sure that it all runs efficiently and smoothly.

In this issue, we are happy to share various positive events, outcomes, and developments throughout the school. We have an update from our Career Services department, highlights from the fall semester, new faculty hires, and a special video segment that features yours truly attempting to bowl with our Director of Admissions.

We hope you enjoy this first newsletter and have a good laugh watching me bowl. The next time you are in Grand Forks or on campus, please stop by the School of Law to say hello!

From all of us at UND School of Law, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy and healthy 2024.


Out of Office with the Dean


Winter Commencement 2023

The University of North Dakota held its winter commencement ceremony for professional and graduate degrees on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus. Fourteen law students completed the required coursework to earn the Juris Doctor degree, two of which completed the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree. Five graduates participated in the winter ceremony. Dean Brian Pappas …

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UND School of Law Career Development Office

The UND School of Law Career Development Office is available to support our UND Law students and alumni with all their career development needs.

We offer career development workshops as well as opportunities to connect with employers through information sessions, meet-and-greets, 1:1 interviewing, and other experiential opportunities.
All students are encouraged to reach out to the Career Development office via Starfish to schedule an appointment for assistance with resumes/CVs, cover letters, employment offer reviews, job search planning, and mock interviews.

Students are connected with potential employers through our Career Connect Law (12Twenty) job database.
Student log-in:
Employer log-in:

Mary Feller, Director of Career Development or 701.777.1486.


School of Law hires new tenure-track faculty

Kimberly Dasse, Ariana Meyers, and Paul Traynor will begin their new assignments in August 2024 UND School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of three new tenure-track faculty as Assistant Professors of Law – Kimberly Dasse, Ariana Meyers, and Paul Traynor. Professor Kimberly Dasse Professor Kimberly Ann Dasse joined the faculty at UND School of Law in 2023 …

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Professor Datzov’s most recent article draws national headlines and attention

Professor James Grijalva presented twice in December

Brian Pappas to leaders: ‘Pick up the pepperoni’


Retired Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle honored in UND courtroom dedication

The ceremony took place at the newly renovated courtroom, located in UND’s law school, on Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, and was attended by Gov. Doug Burgum and state Attorney General Drew Wrigley. Grand Forks Herald By Sav Kelly October 23, 2023 at 5:53 PM GRAND FORKS — North Dakota’s longest-serving State Supreme Court justice was honored in a courtroom dedication …

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Tessa Vaagen ’15 appointed referee and magistrate in South Central Judicial District

Investiture Ceremony held for Judge Stephanie R. Hayden ’08

Upcoming UND Law Events

UND Law Up North: February 4th
UND Founders Day: February 15th
Jurist in Residence: February 29th–March 1st
Helen Hamilton Day: March 15th
Law Review Symposium: March 21st
Spring Commencement: May 4th


Beth Moe
Director of Alumni & Public Relations
701.777.2856 | 

Dalton Erickson
Events & Marketing Coordinator
701.777.2961 |