On Nov. 21, Justice Jerod Tufte and Justice Jon Jensen spoke at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business on the campus of the University of Mary in Bismarck.
The Justices were invited to speak at the University by the Political Science Club and the club advisor, Dr. Michael Hickman.
Justice Tufte spoke about how judges approach decision making in difficult cases and “the source” of individual rights. Justice Jensen spoke about the structure of North Dakota’s judicial system and how standards of review shape appellate decisions.
Questions from the students included whether the justices believe a disparity in financial resources can result in different outcomes for litigants, how the Justices reconciled their own morals with a law that is contrary to their morals, and whether media coverage of pending cases is accurate. After the session the Justices answered questions from individual students about law school preparation and their thoughts about pursuing careers in the law.