North Dakota Law

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UND Law Student Sydney Bata Awarded Brink Lawyers UND Scholarship

Categories: Alumni, Public, Students

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 […]

UND Law Alumnus Jeff Rude, ’89, Appointed Wyoming Insurance Commissioner

Categories: Alumni

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced in September 2019, the appointment of UND Law alumnus Jeff Rude, ’89, as Insurance Commissioner.  Rude had previously served as Interim Commissioner prior to his appointment. Governor Gordon said, “Jeff Rude has the experience to move us forward on multiple fronts as we work to improve the services provided to […]

GFH Story featuring alumnus Josh Wolfe – Law firms, UND work to combat shortage of rural attorneys

Categories: Alumni

Original Article – Grand Forks Herald,  By: Andrew Weeks, December 29th 2019 Challenges still exist, but the outlook is trending more positively, especially with partner programs between law firms, universities and other organizations. When Josh Wolfe was a teenager living on his family’s farm in a rural North Dakota community, he picked up a book that […]

Senate confirms alumnus Dan Traynor, ’97 as new federal judge in North Dakota

Categories: Alumni

Original Article – Bismarck Tribune, December 19, 2019 The U.S. Senate has confirmed Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor to serve as federal judge in North Dakota, according to U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer. Traynor was nominated by President Donald Trump in August. He’ll succeed U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who announced last year he […]

Welcome Reception Honors Dean McGinniss and Law Class of 2022

Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students

UND School of Law hosted a welcome program and reception for new Dean Michael McGinniss and the Class of 2022, on Friday, August 23, in the Baker Courtroom. The program began with comments from State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) President Aubrey Zuger.  She read a special letter honoring McGinniss written by retired Delaware […]

President Trump nominates Devils Lake attorney for ND federal judgeship

Categories: Alumni

President Donald Trump has nominated Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor to succeed federal Judge Daniel Hovland. Traynor is a shareholder in the Traynor Law Firm in Devils Lake, where he practices insurance defense, personal injury, business litigation and American Indian law. He also has served on North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education since 2018. He […]

Peter Welte, ’97, confirmed to federal judgeship

Categories: Alumni, Public

The position, vacated by Judge Ralph R. Erickson when he was promoted from the federal judgeship in Fargo to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, has been empty for nearly two years. The U.S. Senate confirmed former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to fill a long-vacant federal judgeship on Tuesday, July […]

Michael McGinniss Named Law School Dean

Categories: Alumni, Faculty

Michael McGinniss, associate professor of law at UND, has been named dean of the School of Law by Provost Tom DiLorenzo. Read the full story at UND Today, February 26, 2019 by Jan Orvik