2013 Homecoming CLE
Friday, October 11, 2013
1:00 - 4:10 p.m., Baker Courtroom - Brochure
Attend FREE of charge
Approved for 3 North Dakota CLE credits, Applied for Minnesota credit
Co-sponsored by the UND School of Law and the North Dakota State Bar Association
Materials will be made available online when received.
CLE Program Scheduled Presenters:
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Use and Appointment of Special Masters – Panel Discussion
Special Masters have performed major functions in the court systems. As cases become more complex and judicial budgets are tightened, appointments as Special Master will become more common. A panel of experienced Special Masters will address areas in which masters have played roles in aiding judges and the parties.
Sherry Wetsch, Attorney/3rd Party Neutral (Panel Moderator)
Ward Johnson, Partner, Johnson and Autrey, PLLP (Grand Forks, ND) (Panelist)
Cary Ichter, Managing Partner, Ichter Thomas LLC (Atlanta, GA) (Panelist)
Sherry R. Wetsch – Ms. Wetsch, a 1984 graduate of the UND School of Law, is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Dakota and Missouri. Her practice centers on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Wetsch has served as a third party neutral on hundreds of cases including labor, employment, contract, business, commercial, consumer and securities. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Wetsch serves as an arbitrator through AAA, FMCS, FINRA, and the National Mediation Board. She has sat as a Hearing Examiner through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. She has served as both an arbitrator and as an Administrative Law Judge through the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Ms. Wetsch also serves as a mediator through TEA, TXDMV, FINRA and for the U. S. Postal Service. She is on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.
Ward Johnson – Mr. Johnson is a partner at the Johnson and Autrey Law Firm, PLLP, located in Grand Forks ND. He is a 1988 graduate of the UND School of Law, and has spent the last decade in the DC area and overseas as a senior military officer and as a senior Department of Defense appointed civilian official. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Johnson has served as a federally appointed Special Master, a privately retained mediator, a tribunal president, a review board presiding officer, and as Director of a 600 person government agency responsible for conducting hearings and trials of international terrorists. Mr. Johnson is a member of the adjunct faculty at the UND Law School where he teaches several military law courses.
Cary Ichter – powerpoint presentation - Mr. Ichter is the managing partner of the Atlanta based firm of Ichter Thomas LLC. Ichter Thomas provides a full range of commercial litigation services, with areas of specialization including commercial litigation, franchise and distribution disputes, special master assignments, alternative dispute resolution, employment disputes, and real estate litigation. Cary has been listed on Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade, and has been selected as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" and as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" for the same period of time. Cary has been appointed to be special master to a wide variety of cases, including a class action involving accidental release of toxic gases into a residential neighborhood, a construction dispute between the city of Atlanta and a consortium of designers and architects over the design of the new international terminal of the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and an eight figure legal malpractice dispute involving a national firm and a consortium of venture capital lenders involving the negligent drafting of certain transactional documents. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.
2:05 - 3:05 p.m.
An Introduction to Defending a Criminal Case
This nuts-and-bolts presentation will provide an overview of the criminal justice process, discuss general approaches to defending any criminal case, outline how a defense lawyer typically works up a case, and provides resources for providing zealous criminal defense representation.
Nick Thornton , Fargo Public Defender Office (Fargo, ND)
Nick is a full-time state public defender in Fargo, North Dakota, and has been since the Fargo Public Defender Office opened in 2008. Nick represents indigent clients in criminal and quasi-criminal matters in North Dakota state courts and on appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Nick recently stepped down from his role as Past-President of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has taught several law-related courses and lectured on criminal law related topics at area colleges and CLE seminars. Nick graduated, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2006 and was selected for the Order of the Coif.
3:10 - 4:10 p.m.
Getting Started in Family Law
This session is meant for new family law attorneys. From the initial interview to the closing of a file, this session will take you through the fundamental elements of practicing family law in North Dakota.
Greg Liebl , co-founder, Severson, Wogsland & Liebl PC (Fargo, ND) - powerpoint presentation
Greg is a co-founder of the Fargo law firm of Severson, Wogsland & Liebl PC, where he specializes in family law. A 2005 graduate (with distinction) of the University of North Dakota School of Law and a member of the Order of the Barristers, Mr. Liebl has extensive experience in family law matters, including divorce, residential responsibility/parenting time, adoption, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Mr. Liebl is admitted to the practice in state courts in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana, in federal court in North Dakota, and in the Spirit Lake Tribal Court. Mr. Liebl is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Cass County Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.