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Brady Pelton ’17 Named North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President

Categories: Alumni

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) has named Brady Pelton as its new Vice President and General Counsel. The Vice President position was previously held by Kari Cutting, who retired from the organization in June 2021.  Pelton has worked as the organization’s General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs since September 2017. In […]

Krista Thompson ’15 appointed a judicial referee and magistrate in the South Central Judicial District

Categories: Alumni

New magistrate named in South Central District BISMARCK TRIBUNE STAFF Sept 24, 2021 South Central Judicial District Presiding Judge Bruce Romanick has appointed Bismarck attorney Krista Thompson as a judicial referee and magistrate. Thompson replaces Lindsey Nieuwsma, whom Gov. Doug Burgum earlier this month appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in the district. Thompson is a University […]

Evan Nelson ’16 recognized as a 2021 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer

Categories: Alumni

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Evan Nelson By: Frank Jossi September 18, 2021 In his legal work at Maslon LLP, Evan Nelson focuses on property rights cases, from homeowners seeking just compensation for the value of their land in eminent domain disputes to fights over family trusts.Nelson expands his expertise into many high-profile pro bono cases, including […]

Lu Jiang ’12 appointed commissioner on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission for the city of Lynwood

Categories: Alumni

On August 9th, Lu Jiang was appointed by Mayor Nicola Smith, and by a unanimous vote from the city council, to commissioner on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission for the city of Lynnwood, Washington. She will serve a three-year term effective immediately. According to the city’s website, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission is […]

UND Law alum, Melissa Nilsson Named 2022 Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” in Family Law by Best Lawyers

Categories: Alumni, Public

UND School of Law alum, Melissa Nilsson ’00, Named 2022 Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” in Family Law by Best Lawyers® August 19, 2021 With over 15 years of family law experience, Melissa Nilsson has been an integral part of our family law group. She helps spouses, parents, and grandparents navigate a difficult time and provides unwavering […]

Court welcomes law clerks for 2021-2022 term.

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The North Dakota Supreme Court welcomes the five individuals who will serve a one-year clerkship with the North Dakota Supreme Court for the 2021-2022 term beginning August 1, 2021.  Joseph Hackman of Hannaford, North Dakota, received a B.B.A. in Investments from the University of North Dakota. Mr. Hackman received his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School […]

Chad Isaak trial includes several UND Law alumni

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KX News by: Nick Jachim Posted: Aug 3, 2021 / 10:59 AM CDT / Updated: Aug 3, 2021 / 10:59 AM CDT With jury selection expected to be completed by the end of today, Wednesday will mark the official start of Chad Isaak’s trial and what many consider the most important day of any trial, the opening statements. It will […]

Morgan Tuss ’20, named board member of Billings TrailNet

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Billings TrailNet announces three new board members: David Mumford, Dr. John Pender and Morgan Tuss.  Morgan Tuss was born in Billings. She finished her undergraduate degrees at Montana State University Billings, and completed her law degree at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Morgan works for the law firm of Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green, doing business, […]

UND law professor Paul Traynor ’88, on vaccine mandates: ‘You do not have the right to endanger other people by refusing to be vaccinated’

Categories: Alumni, Faculty

UND Law Professor Paul Traynor said the U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear; “You don’t have the right to put the rest of the population in danger.” Written By: Matt Henson | 10:39 pm, Jul. 22, 2021 FARGO — Sanford Health is the first in the region to put a COVID-19 vaccine mandate into place. Employees have until […]

John T. “Jack” Traynor ’51 (1926-2021)

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John T. “Jack” Traynor November 19, 1926 – July 11, 2021 John Thomas “Jack” Traynor, 94, died calmly and quietly at home with his family the evening of July 11, 2021. He had visited with all five of his children over the weekend, and with several of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lost Jane, his […]