Helen Hamilton Day 2013- Understanding Personal Identity to Maximize Professional Capacity
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Yoga
Friday, March 22, 2013 - HHD
Applied for North Dakota CLE
The Law Women's Caucus is proud to present Helen Hamilton Day. Helen Hamilton Day is an annual event at the UND School of Law honoring the school's first female graduate in 1905. This year's event is titled Understanding Personal Identity to Maximize Professional Capacity. It will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Bright Reading Room and will include two panel discussions. Please see below for the full schedule of panel participants and topics.
History of Helen Hamilton
Helen Hamilton was the first woman to graduate from the UND School of Law, Class of 1905. Hamilton was the only woman in the senior class and was also the class president. The following comments appeared in the information published in honor of the graduation of the Class of 1905: "She with all the charm of woman, She with all the breadth of man."
States began admitting women to the bar in 1920 after women obtained suffrage. Hamilton was listed as a member of the American Bar Association in 1925. She practiced law in Grand Forks for 43 years with the firms of Bangs, Cooley & Hamilton; and Bangs, Hamilton and Bangs. Helen Hamilton died on September 30, 1949 at the age of 75.
Tuesday, March 19, 2012
- Yoga Class With Instructor Professor Christyne Vachon
At the Parkwood Assisted Living Facility, 749 S. 30th Street, Grand Forks
$10 suggested donation with all proceeds to benefit Help Women Heal, Inc.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Breakfast & Registration
Bright Reading Room, UND School of Law, 3rd Floor
9:00 a.m. Introduction
Rebecca Stone, President, Law Women's Caucus
Madeline Myers, Helen Hamilton Day Coordinator
- Panel Discussion
- By Any Other Name: Examining the Emotive, Social, and Legal Qualities of Appellation
Moderator: Julia Ernst, Assistant Professor, UND School of Law
Michelle M. Sauer, PhD, Professor of English and Gender/Women Studies
Whitefishwoman, 3L, UND School of Law
10:15 a.m. - Coffee/Cookie Break
10:30 a.m. - Movie - A Woman's Place
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion -
Empathy and Identity: Striking the Balance Between Empathy and Professional Distance - Panel Discussion.
Moderator: Patti Alleva, Rodney & Betty Web Professor of Law, UND School of Law
Debbie G. Kleven, District Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District
Wendy Sturm, 1L, UND School of Law and former law enforcement officer
Lori H. Conroy, Assistant Clay County Attorney
Helen Hamilton Day Participants:
Michelle M. Sauer, PhD
Michelle M. Sauer is Professor of English and Gender/Women Studies at the University of North Dakota. She specializes in Middle English language and literature, especially women's devotional literature, and publishes regularly on anchoritism, mysticism, asceticism, hagiography, and Church history as well as queer studies and the history of sexuality. Her recent books include The Lesbian Premodern (2011; nominated for a Lambda Literary Award), How to Write about Chaucer (2009), The Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry (2008; awarded an American Library Association golden star), and the forthcoming Gender in Medieval Culture (2013). Her articles include "Representing the Negative: Positing the Lesbian Void & Medieval English Anchoritism" (thirdspace, 2005), which won the first LGBT-Religious Archives Network Award for best article on LGBT Religious History, as well as numerous others on sexuality in pre-Reformation Christianity.
Sauer, a Fargo, ND native, holds degrees from Purdue University, Loyola University Chicago, and Washington State University. Her current projects include an edition of the Wooing Group (anchoritic prayers), an anchoritic guidebook, a collection on late medieval Carmelite Rules, a piece on same-sex relations in medieval gardens, and several edited collections as well as articles and essays. Most of her work is interdisciplinary in nature and incorporates theology, history, art, and architecture alongside literature.
Sauer arrived at UND in 2008 as an Associate Professor. Here she is responsible for teaching both Anglo Saxon and Middle English languages and literatures, historical linguistics, and gender studies courses. She also teaches popular culture classes based on medievalisms. Recent offerings include Medieval Sex, Middle English Dream Visions, Gender & Language, and Harry Potter.
Whitefishwoman is currently the Law Student Research Assistant for the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) at the Center for Rural Health at The University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in Grand Forks.
Whitefishwoman is a 2013 Juris Doctor candidate from the University of North Dakota School Of Law and received her Bachelor's degree in general studies from Minot State University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in tribal law and is actively involved in three student organizations: Law Women's Caucus, Environmental Law Society and is the current treasurer for the Native American Law Students Association.
Prior to her acceptance to the University of North Dakota she was the Tribal IV-D Financial Specialist for the Three Affiliated Tribes Child Support program. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of northwest North Dakota. Upon completion of her law degree she hopes to return to Fort Berthold with her husband and five children.
Judge Debbie G. Kleven
Debbie Kleven is District Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1980 and earned her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1983. Judge Kleven was in private practice in Grand Forks, ND from 1983-85 until she was appointed Assistant State's Attorney for Grand Forks County in 1985. She was elected Grand Forks County Judge in 1990 and served in that capacity from 1991 to 1994. Kleven was elected District Judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District in 1994 where she still currently serves on the bench. Judge Kleven is married to husband, Paul, and has two children.
Wendy Sturm is currently a first-year student at the University of North Dakota School of Law. In 1998 she earned her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and earned a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2010. She worked as Diversion Officer for the County of Koochiching from 1998-2000 and then became Deputy Sheriff in Cook County until 2004. She then worked as a Patrol Officer in the city of Crookston, Minnesota through 2009. In addition to her regular police duties, she served in the specialty areas of SWAT, school resource officer, highway drug interdiction, latent prints, and investigations. From 2009 to 2012, Sturm worked as Guardian Ad Litem for the 9th Judicial District in the State of Minnesota. Sturm also served in the United States Army Reserve from 1988-2006 as Captain Military Police Corp.
Lori H. Conroy
Lori H. Conroy works as an Assistant Clay County Attorney. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Prior to joining Clay County, Conroy worked as an attorney at Vogel Law Firm in Fargo, North Dakota.