Women & International Law
Approved for 3 CLE Credits in MN & ND
|9:00 am||Registration||Burtness Lounge, Law School 3rd Floor|
|9:45 am||Immigration Law||Baker Courtroom, Law School 3rd Floor|
|Kit Johnson, Assistant Professor of Law|
|Sue Swanson, Swanson Law Office|
|Anneli Johnson, Gokey Immigration Law|
|11:00 am||Islam, Women & the Law||Baker Courtroom, Law School 3rd Floor|
|Ifrah Esse, 3L UND School of Law|
|Sabrina Balgamwalla, Assistant Professor of Law|
|12:00 pm||Lunch||Burtness Lounge, Law School 3rd Floor|
|1:00 pm||International Perspectives on Domestic Violence||Baker Courtroom, Law School 3rd Floor|
|Michelle Rivard Parks, Tribal Judicial Institute|
|Robin Runge, JD|
Helen Hamilton Day has been approved for 3 CLE credits is North Dakota and 2.0 Standard CLE credits and 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credit in Minnesota.
Includes CLE credits and lunch. Registration fee can be paid by cash or check at the time of the symposium.
If you wish to attend without receiving CLE credit, there is no charge, however registration is still encouraged.
If you have any questions regarding CLE credit or our program, please contact Sarah Aaberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
UND School of Law
Professor Johnson joined the University of North Dakota School of Law faculty in 2016 after four years of teaching at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Professor Johnson teaches immigration, business associations, and trial advocacy. Her scholarly interests lie in the area of immigration and, specifically, the intersection of U.S. immigration law and U.S. business interests. Prior to teaching, Professor Johnson was an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where she practiced general commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Johnson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela A. Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Robert C. Broomfield of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Professor Johnson received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and her B.A. from Wesleyan University where she was a College of Letters major.
Gokey Immigration Law
Anneli handles a variety of immigration cases at Gokey Immigration Law in Fargo, ND and has gained valuable experience in all areas of immigration law from naturalization / citizenship issues, family cases, and employment cases. She believes in working collectively with the client as a team to reach their goals through education about the immigration process and assistance with immigration procedures. Anneli graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law. At law school, she was President of Law Women’s Caucus, Associate Editor of North Dakota Law Review, and honored for her advocacy skills. She also served as a law clerk at the Vogel Law Firm and Becker County State’s Attorney office. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. As a paralegal, she has over 10 years of experience in the legal world when she worked at the Vogel Law Firm in many areas of law that included immigration, business, tax, real estate, creditor/debtor, civil litigation, and mass litigation.
Michelle Rivard Parks
Tribal Judicial Institute
Michelle Rivard Parks graduated, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1999. Mrs. Parks is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota and in the Spirit Lake Tribal Court. Mrs. Parks is an appointed member of the North Dakota Supreme Court State and Tribal Court Committee.
Mrs. Parks served as the Chief Prosecutor for the Spirit Lake Nation for approximately four years and currently serves the tribe as Tribal Attorney, which she has done since 2001. Mrs. Parks has background in training and educating tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies, attorneys, court staff and other individuals and entities on a variety of topics relating to the practice of both tribal law and federal Indian law. In 2008 Mrs. Parks was appointed as a Special Judge in the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa jurisdiction.
In the fall of 2003, Mrs. Parks joined the staff at UND School of Law as an Adjunct Professor and has since taught courses on Federal Indian Law, Tribal Economic Development and the Law, and Tribal Law. Additionally in 2003, Mrs. Parks was hired to serve as a Tribal Justice Specialist for the Tribal Judicial Institute to provide technical assistance to tribal courts in conjunction with a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In 2005 Mrs. Parks became the Associate Director of the Tribal Judicial Institute at UND School of Law where she continues to provide training and technical assistance to tribal, state and federal officials, judges and personnel on topics
Swanson Law Office
Sue Swanson is the founder and CEO of Swanson Law Office in Grand Forks. She has an extensive background in immigration law and practices it exclusively. Ms. Swanson’s immigration law practice focuses on all areas of immigration law including family and employment law as it relates to immigration law, naturalization, asylum, criminal defense in federal, district, and municipal court, deportation defense, and advising other attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Ms. Swanson is an Independent Contract Attorney with the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents, providing legal advice to ND Public Defenders whose clients may be facing immigration consequences due to a criminal conviction. Ms. Swanson received her B.A. and her M.B.A. from the University of North Dakota and her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Ms. Swanson is married and is the mother of two active teenagers.
3L, UND School of Law
Ifrah is a third-year law student at UND School of Law. Ifrah was born in Moqadishu, Somalia. At age 10, Ifrah and her family arrived in the United States as refugees. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. She was a social worker for a few years prior to law school. Ifrah is the first person in her family to attend law school, and the first woman in her family to complete a doctorate degree. Ifrah chose to study law because she wanted to learn how to better advocate for herself, her community, and for individuals whose voices are often dismissed or devalued.
UND School of Law
Sabrina Balgamwalla is an Assistant Professor of Law at University of North Dakota School of Law, where she leads the Immigrant Rights section of the Law Clinic. She has been practicing as an immigration attorney for nearly ten years. Prior to entering academia, she was a domestic violence and immigration attorney with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in Washington, DC. In Summer 2014, she travelled the Philippines to advise developing legal aid programs based at law schools in Muslim communities in Mindanao, as a volunteer with the International Senior Lawyer Project. She has an undergraduate background in Middle Eastern Studies and spent a year in Jordan on a Fulbright grant researching religious and cultural support for women’s participation in the workforce.
Director, Division of Enforcement Policy & Procedures, Department of Labor.
Robin R. Runge was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law where she taught in the Employment and Housing Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. Professor Runge has taught Public Interest Lawyering at The George Washington University Law School since 2004. She has also taught Domestic Violence Law at The George Washington University Law School (2009) and at American University Washington College of Law (2005-2008). She received her BA from Wellesley College and her JD from The George Washington University Law School.
Professor Runge is regularly invited to travel internationally to consult with lawyers, judges, and non-governmental entities on improving the legal response to violence against women, including developing and conducting the first national and regional trainings for judges and attorneys on violence against women in China since 2007. Professor Runge also received a Fulbright Award to research the emerging legal response to violence against women in China for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Professor Runge’s scholarship and advocacy interests focus on the employment rights of low income women and the intersection of violence against women and employment law, including analysis of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, unemployment insurance, and employment protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
From 2003 to 2009, Professor Runge was director of the Commission on Domestic Violence at the American Bar Association. Previously, Professor Runge was Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Program on Women’s Employment Rights (POWER) at the D.C. Employment Justice Center and the Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Employment Law Center, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. Professor Runge was the first George Washington University Law School graduate to receive an Equal Justice Fellowship from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law). With her fellowship, Professor Runge created the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, one of the first programs in the country devoted exclusively to advocating for the employment rights of domestic violence victims.