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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 […]

Ask the Experts: Professor Paul Traynor

Categories: Faculty, Public

Driving Record Check To gain more insight about driving record check, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions: Why is it important for drivers to check their driving record? How often should drivers check their driving record? What is the best thing to do if drivers see […]

Q-and-A with Scott County Attorney Candidate: Alumnus Ron Hocevar

Categories: Alumni, Public

swnewsmedia Name/Age: Ron Hocevar, 58. Address: Prior Lake Family: Married to Marci for 28 years; children Isabella, 16, and Dominic, 14; Sherlock, 4 (English Springer Spaniel). – Advertisement – Employment: Scott County Attorney, elected in 2014-present. Education: University of North Dakota for undergrad and law school; Naval Justice School. Hobbies/interests: Coaching and watching my kids youth sports; Hockey; Hunting; Fishing; […]

2022 UND Law Internal Moot Court Competition

Categories: Alumni, Public, Students

The three-day competition, a longstanding tradition, provides an opportunity for second and third-year students to gain experience in both legal writing and oral advocacy as well as working with a partner. Each team will compete in two Preliminary rounds, followed by a quarterfinal and semifinal. The majority of judges for the preliminary rounds are UND […]

Kari M. Knudson ’01 appointed Clerk of Court for the United States District Court, District of ND

Categories: Alumni, Public

Chief Judge Peter D. Welte announced that Kari M. Knudson has been appointed to the position of Clerk of Court for the United States District Court, for the District of North Dakota, effective January 1, 2023. Knudson has served as the Chief Deputy Clerk for the United States District Court for the District of North […]

Chief Judge Peter Welte ’97 and Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal ’85 take part in Naturalization Ceremony on campus

Categories: Alumni, Public

Welcome, new Americans Inspiring ceremony at UND sees 38 people from 11 countries take Oath of Citizenship  UND Today | September 20, 2022 | by Adam Kurtz “It’s raining outside,” said Peter Welte, chief judge of the District Court of North Dakota, to the 38 people who’d gathered in an auditorium on campus to be […]

Judge Cruff ’94 to lead mental health initiative

Categories: Alumni, Public

District Court Judge Brad Cruff, who is chambered in Wahpeton, was one of 15 judges in the United States chosen to participate in the Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative. The Leadership Initiative pairs a trial court judge with a psychiatrist from the same state and provides them intensive training on how to effectively deal with […]

North Dakota Supreme Court chooses UND Law students for 2023-2024 clerkships

Categories: Public, Students

The North Dakota Supreme Court is pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected to serve a one-year clerkship with the North Dakota Supreme Court for the 2023-2024 term beginning August 1, 2023. Orrin Burch of Mandan, North Dakota, received a B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Mary. Mr. Burch […]

Labor commissioner, Erica Thunder ’14, takes job with North Dakota prison system

Categories: Alumni, Public

Erica Thunder’s new position marks the first time the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has had a director of diversity and cultural competency. The Grand Forks Herald BISMARCK — North Dakota Labor Commissioner Erica Thunder has resigned from her role to accept a new position as director of diversity and cultural competency at […]

UND School of Law welcomes Class of 2025

Categories: Public, Students

Eighty-six first-year law students, members of the UND School of Law Class of 2025, begin their legal education this week. Their journey began with a Convocation ceremony held Sunday evening at the Chester Fritz Auditorium with their family and friends in attendance. Eric Link, UND provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Brian Pappas, […]