North Dakota Law

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Jill Grossman ’14 to serve as Chief Deputy Clerk of U.S. District Court

Categories: Alumni, Public

Kari M. Knudson, Clerk of Court for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, announced that Jill Grossman has been appointed to the position of Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, effective January 1, 2023. The Chief Deputy is responsible for the administration and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the Office […]

Judge Steven L. Marquart ’79 honored

Categories: Alumni, Public

A retirement celebration in honor of East Central Judicial District Judge Steven L. Marquart was held Dec. 28 at the Cass County Courthouse Judge Steven McCullough speaks at the cermony about life at the district court with Judge Marquart. The two judges joined the court in 2004 and had a joint investiture ceremony. Judge Marquart’s family […]

Kara Gansmann ’07 listed among 2023 legal elite

Categories: Alumni

Alumnus Kara Gansmann recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as part of the magazine’s Legal Elite program Business North Carolina magazine has honored North Carolina lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business related categories, since 2002. Kara Gansmann devotes her entire practice to elder law and estate planning […]

Garry Allan Pearson ’58 (1934-2022)

Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Public

Garry Allan Pearson, a longtime resident of Grand Forks, ND, passed away peacefully in his home on December 19, 2022. Born in Minot, North Dakota in 1934, the son of Elmer and Kathleen (Johnson) Pearson, he grew up in Minot as an avid golfer and outdoorsman.  At 16 years of age he won his first North […]

Michael Carlson ’14 promoted by Sterling Management

Categories: Alumni

Sterling Management, LLC, advisor to two of the largest real estate investment trusts in the Upper Midwest, has promoted Michael Carlson to General Counsel and Secretary. Michael joined Sterling in May of 2020 as Assistant General Counsel.  Carlson is a graduate of The University of North Dakota with both Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of […]

Judge Stacy Louser ’07, finalist for ND Supreme Court vacancy

Categories: Alumni, Public

The North Dakota Supreme Court announced the names of three finalists to fill the impending vacancy on the court. The two judges and one attorney singled out by the selection committee include South Central Judicial District Judge Doug Bahr of Bismarck, Assistant United States Attorney Jake Rodenbiker of Fargo, and North Central Judicial District Judge […]

McNamara ’19 and Wischer ’22 Join Conmy Feste Law Firm

Categories: Alumni

Shaun D. McNamara and David W. Wischer joined the firm as associate attorneys McNamara received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a writing emphasis from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He earned his Juris Doctor from University of North Dakota (UND) School of Law. McNamara has experience in civil litigation, commercial litigation, family law, […]

NECJD dedicates courtroom to retired Judge Jahnke

Categories: Alumni, Public

On Dec. 5, the Northeast Central Judicial District dedicated its new Courtroom 109 to retired District Judge Lawrence Jahnke. Family, friends, and staff gathered at the ceremony overseen by NECJD Presiding Judge Don Hager.   Jahnke served as a judge in Grand Forks County for 26 years before retiring in 2015. He was the victim of a […]

Burgum appoints Bismarck attorney Nathan Svihovec ’16 to serve as state labor commissioner

Categories: Alumni

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the appointment of Bismarck attorney Nathan Svihovec to lead the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, citing his extensive experience representing both public and private employers and employees at the state and federal levels. Svihovec will begin his new role as state labor commissioner on Thursday, Dec. 1. Tuesday, […]

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 […]