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UND Law Newsletter | March 2024

UND Law Newsletter
MARCH 2024

A Message from Dean Pappas

Greetings from Grand Forks,

A lot has happened at the School of Law since my last message. We are officially in the second half of the spring semester and our students have been busy not only with their classes, but additionally with preparing for moot court competitions, coordinating events, and applying for summer employment.

We began the month with a two-day visit by The Honorable Ralph R. Erickson as the 2024 Rodney S. Webb Distinguished Jurist-in-Resident. During the visit, we were honored to have the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hold a special session in the VandeWalle Courtroom.

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of women’s contributions in American history. The Law Women’s Caucus student organization held their annual Helen Hamilton Day celebration and symposium in honor of the first woman to graduate from UND School of Law in 1905. This year’s event consisted of three panels with female leaders from all over North Dakota sharing their experiences and advice. We are so fortunate to have such a strong group of women in our Law Women’s Caucus organization who continue to empower women year after year.

In this issue, we are happy to highlight our Externship Program as well as other recent events that took place at the School of Law this month, including the North Dakota Law Review Symposium, the Annual Carrigan Cup internal moot court competition, and our first Law Admitted Students Day.

Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and engagement. Please feel free to reach out at any time with your questions, comments, concerns, and ideas.



Trailblazing women hold court at School of Law

North Dakota Law Review Technology & Innovation Symposium

On March 16, legal professionals and students gathered for a symposium inspired by UND’s female pioneers of law UND Today March 19, 2024 by Walter Criswell Published in: Equity, School of Law In 1905, Helen Hamilton became the first woman to graduate from the UND School of Law. She later became the first woman to apply for membership to the American Bar Association, a…

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2024 North Dakota Law Review Symposium: Technology and Innovation

2024 North Dakota Law Review Symposium: Technology and Innovation

The North Dakota Law Review held its annual symposium at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo on March 21, 2024 The all-day event, brought together legal scholars, practitioners, technologists, and policymakers to explore the evolving landscape of innovation and its legal implications. Innovation has become the cornerstone of progress in virtually every industry, driving economic growth, social change, and technological …

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Third-year Law Students, AnneMarie Studer and Emerson Solemsaas, Sweep 2024 Carrigan Cup Competition Third-year Law Students, AnneMarie Studer and Emerson Solemsaas, Sweep 2024 Carrigan Cup Competition

Second-year team, Amuzu and Walter, finish runners-up It was a total sweep for the third-year team of AnneMarie Studer and Emerson Solemsaas in UND School of Law’s annual Carrigan Cup Trial Competition. Studer and Solemsaas emerged as the overall champions, won both the Best Plaintiff and Best Defense Team awards, and Ms. Studer won the Best Oralist award. Second-year students, …

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UND School of Law Externship Program

UND School of Law’s Externship Program is an experiential learning opportunity for law students to work under the guidance of practicing attorneys, judges, and other qualified professionals.

The program provides hands-on, legal experience for academic credit, allowing students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations. Adhering to the American Bar Association (ABA) standards for field placement programs, it offers substantial lawyering experiences, qualified supervision, and opportunities for reflection on professional and ethical responsibilities.

Open to law students who are in good academic standing and have completed at least the first year of law school (30 credits), the UND School of Law Externship Program allows students to work in various environments, including law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and judicial chambers. The goal is to allow for a diverse range of experiences to cater to our students’ varied interests while providing flexibility by offering opportunities during both the academic year and the summer.


Employers: Post a position for any semester on 12TwentyEmployers.

Current law students: Search for positions on 12TwentyStudents.

Students who have secured an internship (through 12Twenty or any other means) can apply to be a part of the externship program to receive academic credit for the work they will be performing in the upcoming semester by completing an Externship Application.


For more information, contact Trish Hodny at


Professor Margaret Moore Jackson presented at the 31st Annual Fair Housing Laws and Litigation Conference in San Diego

Professor Jackson was a featured speaker for the conference “Fair Housing for our Future” In her presentation, she explored new incentives for collaboration between law students, fair housing advocacy nonprofits, and fair housing lawyers. Her presentation connected likely changes to the bar exam and mandates for experiential credits with further reasons to promote these collaborations, noting that regulatory changes on …

Professor Blake A. Klinkner’s article addresses upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding social media and free speech

Professor Blake A. Klinkner interviewed on The World Today

Professor Margaret Moore Jackson presented at the 31st Annual Fair Housing Laws and Litigation Conference in San Diego

Professor Datzov presents his forthcoming article, “Toward Automated Justice,” in Houston, Texas


The Honorable Ralph Erickson Visits UND School of Law as Jurist-in-Residence

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit hold a special session as part of the visit The University of North Dakota School of Law welcomed Judge Ralph Erickson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as its 2024 Rodney S. Webb Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence. The highly anticipated visit marked the return of the jurist-in-residence program after an …

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Judge Theodore T. Sandberg Investiture

Meghan Compton ’10 listed among the Prairie Business 2024 Top 25 Women in Business

Criminal Defense Lawyer, Travis Finck ’07, Elected to Board of Directors of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar


Spring Commencement: May 4th


Beth Moe
Director of Alumni & Public Relations
701.777.2856 | 

Dalton Erickson
Events & Marketing Coordinator
701.777.2961 |