Attended Minot State University, graduated with a BA in Economics.
Attended the University of North Dakota School of Law and graduated in 1991.
In private practice until 1993, then started work for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Began working at Legal Services of North Dakota/LAND in 2002.
Prior to joining LSND, worked for Dakota Plains Legal Services
Currently a Senior Attorney with Legal Services of North Dakota.
As a Senior Attorney, handles a large and complex caseload.
Over the years, has tried countless cases and handled numerous appeals including Interest of R.W.S. which prohibited the uniform practice of shackling juveniles in the courtroom.
Has presented CLE’s on a wide variety of topics.
Served on Bar and Supreme Court Committees.
Adjunct faculty member with Sitting Bull College and the University of Mary.
Currently the Chief Justice of the Standing Rock Sioux Supreme Court.
University of North Dakota, Juris Doctor, 1991, Burtness Research Scholar for Federal Judge Bruce Van Sickle, Moot Court Board of Directors, States Attorney Internship with Grand Forks County, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Deans List four consecutive semesters, University of Oslo, Oslo Norway Summer Program.
Minot State University, Bachelors of Arts, Economics, Minor Business Administration,1988, Student Government Executive Office Holder, Lutheran Student Movement, President’s Honor Roll, Who’s Who of American College Students
Chief Justice of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, 2010 to present, elected by the Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to serve a four year term as the Chief Justice of the Tribal Court; the Court is scheduled to meet every three months to discuss and issue decisions on variety of complex issues.
Legal Services of North Dakota/Legal Assistance of North Dakota, Attorney Bismarck Law Office-2002 to present, provide legal services to low-income people in a large service area. Represent low-income people on variety of legal matters; selected to represent State of North Dakota at DOJ Indigent Symposium in Washington D.C. Previous counsel for the South Central Juvenile Drug Court Program; extensive courtroom appearances including active motions practice and constitutional issues; significant appellate experience with arguments involving: shackling of juveniles; parent/child privilege; right to counsel; Medicare, Medicaid; currently serve on the State/Tribal Committee for the North Dakota Supreme Court; serve on the ICWA Court Improvement Project for the North Dakota Supreme Court.
University of Mary, adjunct faculty instructor-2006-present, teach Ethical and Legal Decision Making in the Master of Business Administration Program and Business Law for the Bachelor of Arts in Management Program.
Sitting Bull College, adjunct faculty instructor -1995-present, teach various classes including in criminal law, Indian law, business law, consumer rights, contracts and advanced accounting.
Dakota Plains Legal Services, Attorney - Ft. Yates Office - 1996-2002, provided legal services to low-income people with special emphasis on Native Americans’; maintained a very large caseload with numerous court appearances on issues involving criminal law, Indian law, State and Tribal matters, juvenile law, constitutional law and domestic law while managing the daily operations and supervision of a branch office; selected to serve on the Standing Rock ICWA Committee and to attend the National Legal Aid Substantive Law Conference for Dakota Plains Legal Services; presented Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Indian Law as part of the Fundamental Law Series for new lawyers in North Dakota.
North Dakota Securities Commission, Attorney-1995-1996, provided legal services to the North Dakota Securities Commission in compliance and fraud prevention along with investigating illegal activity in the securities market
Dakota Plains Legal Services, Attorney-1995, legal services to low income clients on variety of issues.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chief Tribal Prosecutor-1993-1995, represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in all criminal proceedings, with emphasis on juvenile and serious felonies, provided training to law enforcement on developing trends in criminal investigations while maintain an enormous case load.
Kenner Law Office, Associate Attorney-1992-1993, represented various clients on issues of taxation, real estate and collections.
Porter for Governor, Campaign Advisor-1992, advised political candidate on topical issues by writing position papers, speeches and preparing and educating the candidate before debates, media events, and the endorsement convention
Tom Slorby Law Office, Attorney-1991-1992, assisted in preparing legal documents primarily in criminal law, white collar crime and personal injury
Graduate of National Institute of Trial Advocacy Program Houston, Texas 2003
Graduate of National Drug Court Institute’s Defense Counsel Training, Reno, Nevada 2004
Graduate of National Institute of Trial Advocacy Program Children’s Representation 2006
Presented National Drug Court Conference in Seattle Washington
Presented National Juvenile Defense Center conferences in Portland; New Orleans; Denver, Seattle
Presented State Bar of North Dakota Annual Meeting on Tribal Jurisdiction