2013 SBAND Annual Meeting

Date: 6/12/2013 
Time: 6:00 PM - 1:00 PM

letSBANDtogether is this year’s annual meeting theme. Please join your many colleagues at this year’s Annual Meeting in Bismarck. It is always a great event … a time to learn, to listen and to be with friends. The 2013 Annual Meeting Planning Committee has designed a great program featuring interesting and timely CLEs, a variety of entertainment and several social events.

This is the anniversary of our 11th Constitutional Symposium. This year’s symposium will feature the journey of Chief Standing Bear to return the body of his only son to the Ponca Indian Tribe’s traditional burial ground. His story examines the complex relationship between the United States Government and the small, peaceful Ponca Indian tribe. Other seminars of interest will focus on family law issues and the practice readiness of our law students. The 2013 Vogel Lecture Series presentation is on civility and professionalism.

The Thursday night Bar Foundation Silent Auction and Annual Meeting Banquet will be a time of fundraising, honoring our award recipients for 2013, and enjoying the evening with friends, colleagues, and family. Following the banquet, we will have a desert buffet with entertainment by the Joel and Jan Gilbertson.

The annual meeting is your opportunity to learn more about the important service our profession provides in our hometowns and in our state.

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Hon. William W. McLees Jr
is the Presiding Judge for the Northwest Judicial District, with chambers in Minot, North Dakota. After his graduation from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1976, he returned to his hometown of Watford City, North Dakota, and practiced law, primarily in the area of oil and gas, until being elected McKenzie County Judge in the fall of 1982. From 1991through 1994, Judge McLees served as a Multi-County Judge for the counties of Billings, Dunn, Golden Valley and McKenzie. He was elected to his first term as a district court judge in the fall of 1994, and was re-elected to the position in 2000, 2006 and 2012. The Watford City judgeship was relocated to Minot in 2002, where Judge McLees has been chambered ever since. He became the Northwest Judicial District’s Presiding Judge in 2004, and continues in this position to this day.
Mr. David S. Maring
is a shareholder in Maring Williams Law Office, P.C. He has over 35 years’ experience in civil litigation. His main areas of practice are personal injury/wrongful death and commercial/business litigation. Maring received his B.S. degree from North Dakota State University and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Maring is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota (past President and past member of the Disciplinary Board) and Minnesota State Bar Association (past member of the 7th District Ethics Committee and past co-chair of the Committee on Professionalism) and is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers. Maring has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Prof. Michael S. McGinniss
is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, and Advanced Legal Ethics. After his graduation in 1993 from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, he served as the law clerk for Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland. In 1998, the Delaware Supreme Court appointed him to its Office of Disciplinary Counsel, where he served for twelve years with responsibilities including the evaluation, investigation, and prosecution of matters involving lawyer discipline and the unauthorized practice of law. At the UND School of Law, Professor McGinniss has been honored as the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the J. Philip Johnson Faculty Fellow Award, given to promote professional responsibility, leadership and ethics, both in the legal profession and in the community.
Mr. John T Berry
serves as The Florida Bar’s Legal Division Director supervising the lawyer regulation and professionalism efforts.

Prior to returning to The Florida Bar, he served as Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan from 2000 - 2006. Before joining the State Bar of Michigan in November 2000, he served as Director of the Center of Professionalism at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He has held previous positions as Assistant Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona (1998-2000), and as Staff Counsel and Legal Division Director of The Florida Bar (1983-1998). Staff Counsel duties included supervision of lawyer regulation, unauthorized practice of law, ethics, professionalism and the advertising departments. He served for seven years as Florida Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Fraud Division, Orlando, Florida handling white collar and organized crime cases.
Mr. Robert G Spector
is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as the Reporter for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Family Law Joint Editorial Board for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He was a Expert member of the United States’ Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Sessions on negotiating a multilateral agreement for the recognition and enforcement of support obligations.
Joe Starita
Joe Starita is Pike Professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Previously, he spent 14 years at The Miami Herald - four years as the newspaper’s New York Bureau Chief and four years on its Investigations Team, where he specialized in investigating the questionable practices of doctors, lawyers and judges. One of his stories was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. Interested since his youth in Native American history and culture, he returned to his native Nebraska in 1992 and began work on a three-year writing project examining five generations of a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne family. The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge - A Lakota Odyssey, published in 1995 by G.P. Putnam Sons (New York), won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history and has been translated into six languages. Starita’s latest book - “I Am A Man” - Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice
Event Cost:
  Member (choose options) $0.00
  Non-Member (choose options) $0.00

Credit Hours:
  General 3.5 hr(s)
  Ethics 3 hr(s)

Registration Closes:
  June 11, 2013 1:00 PM