The UND School of Law Homecoming CLE will be held on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at the School of Law. Presenters include John Foster, Tracy Kennedy, Erin Zasada & John Schroeder of Zimney Foster, P.C., Roger Minch from Serkland Law Firm, Brad Sinclair of Kaler Doeling, PLLP, and Assistant Professor Alexandra Sickler from the UND School of Law. Topics may include Ethics in Debt Collecting, Bankruptcy, Business Creation as well as an unique look at legal profession in The Law in Pictures.
The CLE has been approved for 4.25 ND CLE credits, and 1.25 ND Ethics credit.
HOMECOMING CLE SCHEDULE
|8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.||Registration
|8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||Session One: Law Women's Caucus Panel Presentation - Nola McNeally, Tammy Peterson & Candace Zierdt|
|10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.||Break|
|10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||Session Two: Ethics in Debt Collecting - Erin Zasada & Brad Sinclair|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Session Three: Bankruptcy - Alexandra Sickler & Roger Minch|
|2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.||Break|
|2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.||Session Four: John Foster's The Law in Pictures - John Foster, Tracy Kennedy & John Schroeder
COST: $50, includes a box lunch and parking validation. Payment can be made by cash or check and will be collected the day of the CLE.
REGISTRATION: REGISTER HERE
PARKING INFORMATION: Parking will be available in the parking ramp located on the corner of Columbia Avenue and 2nd Street, next to the Memorial Union. Please bring your parking ticket with you to the law school where we will validate your parking for the day.
BRAD A. SINCLAIR is an attorney with Kaler Doeling, PLLP, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, collection, secured transaction, real estate transactions and virtually all aspects of banking law. Mr. Sinclair was in-house legal counsel for a local bank and was involved in virtually all aspects of banking law and bank compliance from 2010-2013. He is a certified public accountant and is licensed to practice law in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Mr. Sinclair received his B.S. degree from Moorhead State University and his J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota.
ERIN P. B. ZASADA of Zimney Foster P.C. practices primarily in the areas of Creditors’ Rights representation with an emphasis on foreclosure, collection, and bankruptcy law. She regularly assists creditors with both consumer and commercial debt matters including but not limited to enforcement of lien rights, claim and delivery/replevin matters, and enforcement of judgments. She is licensed to practice in Federal District Court in North Dakota and Minnesota and in State Court in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. Ms. Zasada received her J.D. from the University of North Dakota with distinction in 2003, where she was a member and Editor of the North Dakota Law Review. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Small Business Committee for the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce.
Nola McNeally serves as General Counsel for Edgewood Properties Management, LLC and as Associate General Counsel for Edgewood Group, LLC. Prior to Ms. McNeally’s association with Edgewood Group, she was a practicing attorney in Fargo, North Dakota. She was an officer with the Fredrikson & Byron P.A. law firm. Prior to joining Fredrikson she was an attorney with the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP for ten years. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. McNeally was a paralegal for six years. Ms. McNeally has significant experience in areas of mergers and acquisitions, Blue Sky securities, corporate finance and real estate.
Ms. McNeally graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law, JD with distinction in 2000, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She is licensed to practice law in the States of North Dakota and Minnesota. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cullen Children’s Foundation and the Board of Directors for Fargo Marathon, Inc.
Tammy Peterson, President for the Grand Forks Region, began her Bremer career in 1996 as a credit analyst after graduating from the University of ND with a Bachelor’s of Accountancy degree. She was promoted to business banker in 1999, vice president in 2008, senior vice president business banking manager in 2010, and to region president in August 2013. She has also served as Bremer’s SBA Region 1 West Manager since 2007. Tammy has led a very successful business and agricultural banking team and has actively led or participated in several corporate initiatives, including the Credit Steering Committee, BRITS project, Project Blueprint, Ag MMRT and Vision 2020. Tammy’s community service includes leadership positions with Dakota Horizons-Girls Scouts Regional Council, The Chamber, American Diabetes Association, Junior Achievement, and most recently the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Board of Directors. Tammy and her husband Shawn are both originally from western North Dakota and have lived in Grand Forks since 1992. They have three children, Andrew, age 9; Brady, age 7; and Ella, age 2 months.
Professor Candace Zierdt joined Stetson's faculty in 2007 after serving as a visiting professor. Professor Zierdt was the Alan Gray Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota and served as interim dean. She teaches in the areas of contracts, the uniform commercial code and juvenile law. She has served as an academic specialist in Slovenia and Macedonia on the subjects of American contract law and the rule of law.
Before joining the University of North Dakota law faculty, Professor Zierdt practiced law for 11 years in Kansas City with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. In 1983, Professor Zierdt received the Missouri Association of Social Welfare Award for Outstanding Legal Services. She also was a law clerk to Judge Doris Smith of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court of Appeals. Professor Zierdt lectures and publishes about issues relating to children and the law and commercial law. In 1994, she received the Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching.
Professor Zierdt has been a North Dakota Commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws since 2001, and a member of the NCCUSL Committee on Liaison with American Indian Tribes and Nations since 2002. She is a NCCUSL member of the joint editorial board for Tribal Code Development, and member of the task force on Implementation of The Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act. She also is an elected member of the America Law Institute.
ALEXANDRA P EVERHART SICKLER joined the University of North Dakota School of Law in July 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Sickler's courses include Contracts I, Contracts II, and Consumer Protection Law. Her research areas are consumer bankruptcy law and consumer protection law.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Sickler was a trial attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Executive Office of United States Trustees, United States Trustee Program, which is a component of the Department of Justice. While there, she litigated civil enforcement matters arising in consumer bankruptcy cases and participated in the Program's initiatives to prevent and remedy mortgage creditor abuse in the bankruptcy courts, including litigation against mortgage servicers.
She also practiced in the areas of bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation and international trade in the Washington, D.C. office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Martin Teel, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Columbia.
Professor Sickler earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., from which she graduated with high honors and was named to the Order of the Coif, and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Roger Minch was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University in
1974 and the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1978. Mr. Minch joined Serkland Law Firm in 1978 becoming a
stockholder and officer in 1984.
Mr. Minch's past and present activities include serving as the past chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and the North Dakota Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, as a member of the Information and Service Committee of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, as a member of the Bankruptcy Rules Committee of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Commercial Law League of America, the bankruptcy section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He has written numerous Continuing Legal Education outlines and text for legal seminars for the State Bar Associations of North Dakota and Minnesota, banks, savings and loans, credit union associations and private suppliers of continuing legal education programs concerning bankruptcy, collections and real estate foreclosure. His areas of concentration include bankruptcy, loan documentation, collections, foreclosures and workouts. He served as a Board member of the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony for many years and for one year as its President, and on the board of the Fargo/Moorhead Opera.
Mr. Minch is licensed to practice law in all Courts in North Dakota and Minnesota, in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is one of two North Dakota Attorneys certified as a Creditor's Rights Specialist by the American Board of Certification sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. Mr. Minch is also a Qualified Neutral (mediator) under MN Rule 114.
JOHN S. FOSTER is retiring at year end 2015 from nearly 40 years in the practice of law and from almost 35 years teaching at UND Law School. He is a Shareholder, Director and President Emeritus of the Law Firm of Zimney Foster P.C. in Grand Forks, where his practice over his career has been devoted to banking law, commercial transactions and creditors rights in bankruptcy. He earned his BA degree cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Foster serves as Special Assistant Attorney General for North Dakota Mill & Elevator Association and the Bank of North Dakota, and a former Assistant States Attorney for Grand Forks County. For over three decades Foster has been adjunct faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Law where he taught Debtor/Creditor Law, Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Paper and Advanced Commercial Transactions, and he has lectured on Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues for lawyers’ and bankers’ associations. He also is faculty on the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by North Dakota Bankers Association. Foster is listed in The Best Lawyers In America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Foster has also served as a Director of a National Bank. He is the author of four law school textbooks for the UND Law courses he taught, and has published in the North Dakota Law Review. Foster has also authored numerous seminar texts on topics such as UCC Revised Article 9, workout agreements, check fraud, bankruptcy, agricultural liens, personal guaranty law, judgment collection, foreclosure issues, prejudgment remedies, and commercial loan documentation. Foster proudly turns the practice and teaching reins over to his extremely talented, able and comedically gifted Law Partner Tracy.
TRACY A. KENNEDY is a Shareholder, Director and Treasurer of the Law Firm of Zimney Foster P.C. in Grand Forks, where her practice is devoted to banking law, commercial and business law, creditor’s rights and agricultural lending and credit transactions. She is adjunct faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she is teaching UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions. She has co-authored with her Law Partner John Foster a UCC Article 9 textbook. She also serves as faculty on the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by North Dakota Bankers Association. She is listed in The Best Lawyers In America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. US News & World Report named her “Lawyer of the Year 2015” in her areas of expertise and in her geographic practice area. Ms. Kennedy served as President of the Grand Forks County Bar Association in 2004-05. She was appointed by the Bankruptcy Judge for the District of North Dakota where she serves on the Bankruptcy Rules Committee. She earned her BA Degree from Minot State University in 1994, and obtained her J.D. Degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1999. Ms. Kennedy served as an associate editor of the North Dakota Law Review. She practices in North Dakota and Minnesota State Courts, and in the US District Court for the State of North Dakota and the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has presented seminars to various legal and lending organizations in commercial topics such as loan documentation, UCC, loan workouts, agricultural liens, collection law, foreclosures and bankruptcy.
JOHN D. SCHROEDER grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Mr. Schroeder graduated summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Religion in 2007. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2013 earning his Juris Doctor. He is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Minnesota. While in law school, Mr. Schroeder was a member of the North Dakota Law Review and was the Student Articles Editor for the 2012 and 2013 school year. He is the author of the Outstanding Note, chosen by the North Dakota Bar Foundation, for 2012, titled “Who are My Real Mommy and Daddy? Third Party Child Custody Determinations and the Need for Legislative Guidance in North Dakota with this Policy-Laden Area of Law” published at 88 N.D. L. Rev. 235 (2012). Prior to attending law school Mr. Schroeder worked in consumer and small business banking in East Grand Forks. Mr. Schroeder’s practice is dedicated primarily to representing financial institutions in loan documentation and collections, business and estate planning, probate, and commercial litigation. He, his wife and two young children live in Grand Forks.