2017 Vogel Lecture Focuses on the Challenges of Wellness in Our Legal Communities
This year’s Mart Vogel Lecture on Professionalism and Legal Ethics program entitled Keeping Faith: The Challenges of Wellness in Our Legal Communities was presented on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) Annual Meeting in Fargo. Coordinated and moderated by UND School of Law Associate Professor Michael S. McGinniss, its primary goal was to focus attention on the challenges the legal profession faces in identifying and addressing problems of substance abuse and mental health issues, particularly among law students and newer lawyers.
The program began with honored guest and 2017 Vogel Lecturer, David A. Grenardo, Associate Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, delivering a highly informative and powerful talk entitled You’re Not Alone. Then, Professor Grenardo, Dean Kathryn R.L. Rand of the UND School of Law, John M. Olson (Chair, SBAND Lawyers Assistance Program Committee), and Professor McGinniss engaged in an encouraging panel discussion about how law schools and the legal profession are already working to enhance student and lawyer wellness, and shared ideas for how our legal communities can make continued progress with these efforts.
"We are so appreciative of the opportunity to hold the Vogel Lecture, in partnership with SBAND and through the generosity of the Vogel Law Firm, to honor Mart's legacy each year at the Annual Meeting," said Dean Kathryn Rand. "We are particularly pleased we were able to bring to light and hold a productive discussion about the important issues of addiction and wellness in the legal profession."
The Mart Vogel Lecture on Professionalism and Legal Ethics honors its namesake’s lifelong commitment to the highest standards of professionalism in the practice of law. After graduating from law school in 1938, for the next 50 years Mr. Vogel maintained an active and successful practice as one of North Dakota's best-known trial lawyers. He was well-respected by other lawyers and by judges not only for his knowledge and talent as an advocate for his clients, but also for his candor and reliability. He also served as a positive and highly influential mentor for young lawyers in his firm, teaching them the virtues of fairness and civility with opposing counsel and respect and care for clients.
The Vogel Lecture is supported by the generous endowed gift of the Vogel Law Firm and the Vogel Building Partnership and has become a regular part of SBAND's annual meeting.