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Einarson on Panel for Rural Justice Program

Published on February 5, 2014

From The Gavel Fall 2013

The Gavel - Fall 2013

Summer 2014 will see the advent of a Rural Justice Program which will pair three student law clerks with judges chambered in rural counties. A proposal made by the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the North Dakota Court System, and the University of North Dakota Law School was presented to the 2013 legislature. The program was funded, allowing for a stipend to be paid to student law clerks selected for the program during the summers of 2014 and 2015. 

An introduction to the rewards and challenges of rural practice was presented at the University of North Dakota in October. Panelists were candid in their descriptions of the joys and challenges of practicing law in rural North Dakota. They discussed ethical issues which may be unique to rural practice and told a few war stories. 

The panel included Judge James Hovey of New Rockford; Darcie Einarson, who practices family law in Grafton and serves on the SBAND Board of Governors; Robin Huseby, who works as executive director of the North Dakota Commission of Legal Counsel for Indigent Defense and is based in Valley City; Ted Seibel, who practices in Harvey; and Phyllis Ratcliffe, who practices in Cooperstown. The panel was moderated by Judge Gail Hagerty, past president of SBAND. 

This is the text of the proposal for the project [...]

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