Jamestown Senior High School, Jamestown, ND, August 22nd, 1977 to May 27th, 1981
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, September 6th, 1981 to May 25th, 1985
Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, August 28th, 1985 to May 21st, 1988
Law Clerk, Hon. Gordon O. Hoberg, Judge of the District Court, Jamestown, ND, January of 1985 to May of 1988
Legal research and writing with opinion conferencing
Associate Attorney, Weiss, Wright, Paulson & Merrick, Jamestown, ND, June 1st, 1988 to March 31st, 1991
General practice in DUI, Criminal Defense, Mental Health, Collections and Appeals
Sole Practitioner, Robert W. Martin, Esq., Bismarck, ND, May 1st, 1991 to September 16th, 2002
General practice with emphasis in DUI, Criminal Defense, Family and Juvenile Law, Collections and Appeals
Paralegal Instructor, National Academy of Paralegal Studies, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, September 9th, 1991 to June 1st, 1992, October 27th, 1994 to July 1st, 1995
Preparation of lesson plans, lectures, general class work and mock trials in a wide variety of legal areas for a night class program through the Academy
Contract Indigent Defense Attorney, Court Administrator's Office, Bismarck, ND, January 1st, 1995 to September 16th, 2002
Indigent defense contractor for misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile offenders in the South Central Judicial District, a twelve-county area. During this contract period, I defended thousands of people and had over one hundred (100) felony and misdemeanor jury trials, ranging from minor traffic offenses to two (2) homicides, and I appeared thirty (30) times for oral argument before the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Staff Attorney, Bismarck Regional Child Support Enforcement Unit, Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office, Bismarck, ND, September 16th, 2002 to March 15th, 2006
Special Assistant State's Attorney in all twelve counties of the South Central Judicial District, responsible for the establishment of paternity, child and medical support obligations, as well as enforcement and collection of the same, for approximately 2000 cases. Weekly courtroom exposure as well as extensive research and drafting in the civil law. I was trained in North Dakota's Fully Automated Child Support Enforcement System (FACSES) computer program, as well as Lotus, WordPerfect and Word 2003 word processing programs.
Supervising Attorney, North Dakota Public Defenders’ Office, Minot, ND, March 20th, 2006 to present
Dual role as office supervisor—responsible for staff of two (2) trial attorneys, one (1) paralegal and two (2) administrative assistants and assignment to local contract attorneys—as well as full-time trial attorney with equal caseload to other staff attorneys. I was responsible for the initial set up of office and integration of the same into the criminal justice system in Ward and Burke Counties, meshing with the respective State’s Attorneys’ Offices, Court Administration, Clerks of Court and the District Judges. Two (2) other counties—Mountrail and Renville—have been added to my responsibility, as well. In the going on nine (9) years in this position, I have been assigned approximately one thousand seven hundred (1700) cases, ranging from juvenile matters to AA Felonies, including five (5) homicides. My case closure rate presently stands at over ninety-seven (97) percent, and during the course of closure I have had, roughly, an additional fifty (50) jury trials, including three (3) three-week homicide trials in both my “home county” and in Ramsey and Grand Forks Counties as an assigned conflict attorney for the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents. I appeared an additional thirty (33) times for oral argument before the North Dakota Supreme Court. I have also acquired computer skills in Word 2007, Excel, and PowerPoint presentation.
North Central Judicial District Vacancy News
April 17, 2014