2014 Indigent Defense Seminar
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When: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
8:30 AM
Where: United States

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Mr. Bruce D. Quick
concentrates his practice in criminal defense. He received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota Law School. Before joining the Vogel Firm, Bruce spent several years as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s office, Cass County, North Dakota, and as First Assistant Attorney General in the North Dakota Attorney General’s office. His experience includes numerous jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts. He teaches civil and criminal constitutional law classes at NDSU, as well as a class in criminal trial advocacy and criminal procedure at UND Law School.

Mr. Monty Grant Mertz
is the Supervising Attorney in the Fargo Public Defender Office. He graduated from UND and was commissioned as an Army Officer; he attended UND School of Law on a delay from active duty and entered the JAGC after graduation. While on active duty, he worked as a Trail Counsel (prosecution), Chief of Legal Assistance Office and Senior Defense Counsel. After leaving active duty, he stayed in the Army Reserves, in the Trial Defense Services, until 1999. Monty was an indigent defense contractor from 1999 until 2008, when he joined the Fargo Public Defender office.

Ms. Penny Miller
has served as Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the State of North Dakota since July 1992. She received her JD from UND school of Law in 1985. She serves as Secretary of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of ND and Secretary-Treasurer of the ND State Board of Law Examiners. Miller has held leadership positions in the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks and the Council of Bar Admission Administrators and remains actively involved in both organizations.

Mr. Tracy Andrew Gompf
is an Associate Professor in the Paralegal Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Tracy was engaged in private practice in several Fargo-Moorhead area law firms as well as in Great Bend, Kansas from 1995 through 2006. Tracy’s legal experience includes general practice with an emphasis in criminal law, family law, personal injury and employment law. Tracy has worked on a wide variety of cases from class action lawsuits involving several thousand plaintiffs to being engaged as a public defender for the East Central Judicial District in Fargo, North Dakota. He has lectured at continuing education seminars for lawyers, paralegals and human resource professionals in addition to lecturing as an adjunct instructor at several academic institutions. Tracy currently teaches several law-related courses including Civil Procedure, Ethics and Evidence. He is licensed in state and federal court in North Dakota and Minnesota and belongs to several bar associations.

Ms. Susan R. Schmidt
is a graduate of UND School of Law. She has been admitted to practice in ND since 1995. For many years, Susan has been an indigent defense contractor in the SC Judicial District, representing criminal and juvenile clients.

Mr. Anthony J. Weiler
is the Executive Director of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Before coming to SBAND, Tony was North Dakota’s Labor Commissioner. Prior to that he was a litigator with the Maring Willia

ms Law Office, concentrating in plaintiff’s personal injury, and business and corporate law, and a general practitioner with the Wheeler Wolf Law Firm. He clerked for the Honorable Dale V. Sandstrom of the North Dakota Supreme Court from 1998 until 1999. He is a 1998 graduate of the UND School of Law.

Mr. Mark Allan Friese
concentrates his practice in criminal law. He is the Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative for the District of North Dakota. Mark has instructed at the University of Mary, North Dakota State University, and the University of North Dakota School of Law

Mr. Thomas Myron Jackson
is a partner with Jackson, Thomason & Weiler, P.C. in Bismarck. Tom’s practice focuses primarily on civil and criminal litigation, however he practices in a wide range of legal areas. A graduate of Creighton University, Tom began his career as a public defender in Nebraska prior to moving back to his home state of North Dakota. He has been practicing law in North Dakota for the past 10 years and has been in private practice for the past 5 years

Stacy Benson
is the President and CEO of Benson Psychological Services, PC. Dr. Benson was the chief psychologist at a community mental health center in Fargo for 10 years, prior to resigning to focus full time at her private practice. She has over 15 years’ experience providing clinical and forensic work, and provides forensic evaluations, expert testimony and clinical consultation to attorneys on a wide variety of forensic cases, but with specific expertise in working with individuals charged or convicted of a sexual crime. She has testified in state, federal and military court and has testified numerous times since 2004 in Civil Commitment hearings of Sexually Dangerous Individuals.

Larry Burd
received his Ph.D. in Community Heath Science from the University of Manitoba. He is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UND School of Medicine, and is the Director of UND’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center. He is also Director of the Division of Developmental Epidemiology. He has authored and co-authored over 220 publications on FASD and other developmental disabilities.

Tom Dickson
Dickson is first and foremost a trial lawyer, having tried over 100 cases to jury verdict in courts throughout the state of ND over the past 30 years. Many of his criminal and civil cases are referred by friends and colleagues in the legal profession. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and in Super Lawyers, and is no stranger to lecturing or being published in national magazines. Tom is a strong advocate for injured workers and people accused of crimes. He is a member and officer of many state and national legal organizations.

William J. Edwards
has specialized since 1994 in the representation of people with mental retardation/developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. For three years, Mr. Edwards served as one of the amicus attorneys for Johnny Paul Penry, an inmate with mental retardation on death row in Texas. In Penry v. Johnson (532 U.S. 782 (2001)), a landmark Supreme Court case, Mr. Edwards and other amicus attorneys argued that the execution of people with mental retardation violates both national and international law. Since 2001 he has been a Deputy Public Defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office, where from 2008 to 2011, he worked in the mental health court where he represented people with mental retardation and mental illness. He is one of the early pioneers involving training of fetal alcohol syndrome for attorneys. In March 2014 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Brad Peterson
is a Senior Attorney with Legal Services of North Dakota. He has been with Legal Services for over a decade. Prior to working with Legal Services he was the Managing Attorney for the Ft. Yates Office of Dakota Plains Legal Services. He practices primarily in public benefits, housing and juvenile law

Event Cost: Member $200.00
Non-Member $200.00
Credit Hours: Ethics 1 hr(s)
Self Study 11 hr(s)
Registration Closes: June 25, 2017 5:00 PM

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