April 4, 2014
UND School of Law, Baker Courtroom
Sponsored by the Law Women's Caucus
Qualifies for 3.75 N.D CLE Credits - Minnesota Credits Pending approval
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lean in, Lean Out: Balancing Work, Family Life and Self
This panel focuses on the best-selling book Lean In, written by Sheryl Sandberg.
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Moderator: Justice Mary Maring
Panelists: Alana Bassin, Judge Shon Hastings & Aubrey Zuger
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gender Bias — Still?
This panel focuses on the prevalence of gender bias in the legal profession.
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Moderator: Professor Julia Ernst
Panelists: Tracy Kennedy, Judge Karen Klein & Nola McNeally
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leadership from Different Perspectives
This panel focuses on the leadership experiences of three individuals from various backgrounds including a student leader, Law School Dean & Supreme Court Justice.
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Moderator: Professor Christyne Vachon
Panelists: Leah Leibl, Justice Mary Maring & Dean Kathryn R.L. Rand
All events are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.
Mary MaringSurrogate Judge & Retired Justice, ND Supreme Court
Justice Maring graduated in 1975 from the University of North Dakota School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. The first year following law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Bruce Stone, Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota. In 1976, she entered the private practice of law and spent 20 years practicing law in North Dakota and Minnesota state and federal courts. During her practice of law, she handled cases in many areas of civil litigation. She is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is a member of the International Society of Barristers. She has served in leadership positions in both the North Dakota and Minnesota Bar Associations, including president of the Clay County Minnesota Bar, president of the East Central Judicial District Bar Association, president of North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. She has served on numerous committees to study and improve the system of justice. On March 1, 1996, she was appointed by Governor Edward Schafer to the North Dakota Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Levine's retirement. On November 5, 1996, she was elected to complete that term, and, in November 1998 and 2008, she was elected to ten-year terms as a justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court. She retired as a Supreme Court Justice effective December 31, 2013, and was appointed to serve as a surrogate judge. In addition to membership on numerous other committees, she served as chair of the North Dakota Judicial Conference, chair of the Gender Fairness Implementation Committee, chair of the study implementation committees of the Juvenile Drug Courts in North Dakota, chair of the Joint Procedure Committee, chair of the Judicial Education Commission, chair of the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, and a member of the Juvenile Policy Board. She is currently a member of the Governor's North Dakota Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and the Alternatives to Incarceration Interim Legislative Committee.
Alana BassinCo-Managing Partner, Bowman & Brooke LLP
Alana Bassin is a national trial attorney and Co-Managing Partner in the Minneapolis office of Bowman and Brooke, where she represents Fortune 500 companies, medical device manufacturers and health care providers related to product liability, personal injury claims and crisis management issues. She has defended cases in more than 25 different states and taken many cases to a defense award. Bassin's work has earned her many recognitions—she's been listed as a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation, honored as a 40 Under Forty by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, listed to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®, and named as a "Power Mom" in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. She has been profiled several times in the local and national media related to her role as a women lawyer, including a feature in the New York Times, "The Pacifier Isn't for the Client," the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article, "You've Come a Long Way Baby" and a guest on the Radio Program, Women On The Move. Bassin is the mother of four children, and her commitment to women in the profession and leadership is pervasive both in the courtroom and out of it. She is chair of her firm's Diversity Committee, she is on the Board of Directors for Womenwinning, an organization dedicated to getting women elected into politics in Minnesota, and she writes about her views on women in the law on the blog legaldivas.com. She is a former law clerk for the North Dakota Supreme Court and proud graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, with fond memories of being president of the Law Women's Caucus.
Christyne VachonAssistant Professor of Law, UND School of Law
Professor Christyne Vachon is an assistant professor of law at University of North Dakota School of Law. Previously, Professor Vachon taught as a visiting professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2012-13, at the University of Nebraska, College of Law for the 2011-2012 school year, as the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and as adjunct faculty at Northeastern University. She also taught as a fellow in the master's program at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where she was a Chancellor Scholar and editor for the University of Denver Law Review and the Journal of International law and Policy. She received the Leonard v.B Sutton Award for International Law. Professor Vachon clerked for Judge Morris B. Hoffman on the Colorado District Court. She also received a certification of study from the Hague Academy of International Law.
Professor Vachon started her practice working as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. She then received a Fulbright Grant to teach securities law in Mongolia, where she also consulted with the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Institute of Finance and Economics. Upon returning to the United States, she served as in-house counsel to a venture capital fund before starting her own legal practice focusing primarily on start-up companies and regulated entities as clients.
Tracy KennedyShareholder, Zimney Foster P.C.
Tracy A. Kennedy is a Shareholder and Director 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 John Foster a UCC Article 9 textbook. Kennedy served as President of the Grand Forks County Bar Association in 2004-05.
Kenndy 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. 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 State of Minnesota and the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is listed in the Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America for 2012. Kennedy 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.
Julia L. ErnstAssistant Professor of Law
UND School of Law
Julia L. Ernst joined the University of North Dakota School of Law in July 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Her courses include Constitutional Law I, Legislation, Health Law, and Gender and the Law. Professor Ernst's legal research explores the intersections between religious and cultural rights with women's human rights under the international human rights system. She is currently focusing on whether the separation of church and state is a fundamental prerequisite for the protection of religious rights under the international human rights system, examining the church-state relationship in Norway as a case-study.
Prior to her position with UND Law, Professor Ernst taught at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and an Adjunct Professor. During that time, she was also the Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) and the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program. She has served as an editorial board member of Perspectives Magazine published by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession, as vice-chair of the Women's Rights Committee of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and as a member of the U.S. State Department's Advisory Commission on the African Judiciary.
Professor Ernst earned her Master of Laws and Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Georgetown in 2010, her Juris Doctorate (cum laude) and Master of Arts in world politics from the University of Michigan in 1994, and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in political science from Yale University in 1991.
Shon HastingsJudge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota
Shon Hastings was appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of North Dakota in September 2011. She received a B.B.A. magna cum laude (1986) and a J.D. with honors (1993) from the University of North Dakota. Judge Hastings served as the Editor in Chief of the North Dakota Law Review and was admitted to the University of North Dakota Chapter of Order of the Coif.
Judge Hastings began her legal career as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Karen K.Klein, United States Magistrate Judge. After her clerkship, she joined Bowman and Brook, LLC, a law firm specializing in civil litigation headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From January 1998 until her appointment, Judge Hastings worked an Assistant United States Attorney in Fargo, North Dakota. She was appointed Chief of the Civil Division in January 2009.
Judge Hastings's professional activities with the Department of Justice (DOJ) included serving as a member of the Civil Chiefs Working Group, a subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee; Executive Office of United States Attorneys Financial Litigation, Asset Preservation and Child Exploitation Restitution working groups; and assisting the Evaluation and Review Staff with peer review of other United States Attorney Offices. In October 2004, she accepted a short detail with the DOJ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Training and Assistance Program to conduct commercial law training in Laos. Judge Hastings frequently served as a faculty member at the DOJ National Advocacy Center, speaking on financial litigation-related issues.
Aubrey ZugerSenior Associate, Fredrickson & Byron, P.A.
Aubrey Zuger is a Senior Associate in the Fargo office of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., specializing in litigation. Zuger represents clients in a wide range of complex business matters, including contract disputes, securities fraud litigation, business torts, foreclosures and employment discrimination claims. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation and also assists employers in a variety of employment-related disputes. Zuger completed her undergraduate education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from UND School of Law, where she was a member of the regional championship Trial Team and Outside Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review. She then clerked for former Justice Mary Maring the North Dakota Supreme Court and the Honorable Myron H. Bright of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Zuger also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the SBAND Board of Governors, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley.
Kathryn R.L. RandDean, UND School of Law
Kathryn R.L. Rand (J.D. University of Michigan, B.A. University of North Dakota) is Dean at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is the 16th Dean to serve during the School of Law's 115-year history, and is the first woman to serve in the permanent position.
Rand is widely recognized as among the nation's leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations. She has published nearly 40 articles, book chapters, and essays, and co-authored three books on tribal gaming. She has twice testified on Indian gaming regulation and oversight before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., as well as before the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Her first book was featured on C-SPAN's BOOK TV. She is a frequent commentator in the national media, including the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and has delivered invited lectures at Stanford Law School, Boston College, the University of Manitoba, the University of Helsinki, and numerous other institutions. Rand also has presented and published on diversity and inclusion in legal education. She has taught in the areas of constitutional law, Indian gaming law, civil rights litigation, and race, gender, and the law. Prior to her faculty appointment at the School of Law, Rand served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where she prosecuted drug and violent crime and served as a tribal liaison to the Menominee Nation.
Karen KleinChief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of N.D.
Karen K. Klein, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of North Dakota, has served in that position since 1985. In 2005 she was named as Chief Magistrate Judge for the district. Her primary duties involve civil case management, mediation, civil trials and preliminary criminal proceedings.
Judge Klein received her J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota, with distinction in 1977. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the North Dakota Law Review. Prior to her judicial appointment, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Paul Benson in Fargo, North Dakota, and then practiced law in Fargo for several years.
Judge Klein presently serves as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Information and Technology Committee and formerly served on the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Magistrate Judges System. Judge Klein recently completed a term on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center and formerly served as Chair of the Center's Magistrate Judge Education Committee, through which she has participated in planning and presenting numerous judicial education programs. She has also served as an international judicial education consultant and faculty member for judicial education workshops and reform efforts in about a dozen countries in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Judge Klein is a Past President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
Nola McNeallyCounsel, Edgewood Properties Management, LLC
Nola McNeally is in-house counsel for Edgewood Property Management, LLC. Before moving in-house with Edgewood, Nola was a Shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., where she practiced primarily in corporate law, including mergers & acquisitions, real estate, and corporate governance. McNeally graduated from UND School of Law, where she served as a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Writing Program and the Note Editor on the North Dakota Law Review. She was awarded the Community Service Award for the East Central Judicial District by the State Bar Association of North Dakota at its annual meeting on June 14, 2012. McNeally is well-known for her non-profit work in the North Dakota legal community, working with the Anne Carlson Center and YWCA.
Leah Leibl3L Law Student President, Student Bar Association
Leah Leibl is a 3L student here at University of North Dakota School of Law. She graduated on the Dean's Honor List from the University of Manitoba in her hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a degree in Film Studies. Her law school career has included much more than just her studies. She is the past 2L class representative and current president of the Student Bar Association; the 3L class representative of the Canadian Law Students Society; and an active member of Law Women's Caucus. Much of her leadership skills and passion for helping others stem from 8 years working at a local Jewish community camp in Lake of the Woods, Ontario. There, Leah learned the value of a good work ethic, how to lead by example and how to empower future leaders of camp.