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News and Notes

Posted 6/05/12 (Tue)

LSND is fortunate to be working with three UND School of Law students this summer.  Jonathan Murphy (Fargo office), Rebecca Flanders (Bismarck office), and Andria Pinkerton (Minot office) will be working as Summer Law Clerks.  Funding for these positions was made available through the Judge John Kelly Endowment Fund (North Dakota Community Foundation), Maring Williams Law Office, Vogel Law Firm, Public Interest Students Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota.  Our sincere gratitude to all of these organizations for making the project work this year.

Leah Carlson will be working with Ed Reinhardt and our Native American Law Offices this summer.  Leah is from Minot and attends Drake University Law School.  The position is funded by NARF.

Most attorneys recall Linda Catalano as the long-time Executive Director of Legal Assistance of North Dakota (LAND).  Linda was actually the second Executive Director of LAND.  Roger Gette was the first Executive Director of LAND and served in that role from January 1977 until May 1979.  Roger passed away in April of this year in Irving, Texas, where he resided and worked in recent years.  Our condolences to his wife, Marilyn, and family.

LSND hired a recent UND School of Law graduate, Breezy Schmidt, to work in our Minot office.  Breezy will be working primarily on issues involving folks being impacted and displaced by the oil boom and 2011 flooding in northwestern North Dakota.  Welcome, Breezy!

We wish Fargo Supervising Attorney Kelsee Macintosh-Ellig and her husband Joe all the best with the birth of their first child, Kinsee Nola, born April 26, 2012.  The same best wishes go to Fargo Legal Assistant Kiley Hermanson and her husband Shawn on the birth of their second child, Lane Arthur, born January 11, 2012.

Our Turtle Mountain Spirit Lake Tribal Advocate Rhonda Belgarde was one of 150 individuals participating in the Child Abuse Prevention Walk sponsored by Turtle Mountain Outreach on April 30th.

Our New Town and Belcourt offices served as VITA sites again this year, working in close cooperation with the IRS.  Together our staff and their volunteers obtained $1,276,000 in tax refunds and earned income credits at no charge to the taxpayer.  Our thanks to the Turtle Mountain Tribe and Three Affiliated Tribes for providing us volunteers to help with this project.

LSND said goodbye to our Fiscal Administrator Keith Engbrecht on April 30th.  Keith and his wife Jan are retiring this spring and heading east in search of some quiet fishing spots.

Kimberly Kramer assumed the Fiscal Officer position at LSND on May 1st.  Kim previously worked for the City of Lincoln and the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC).  Welcome aboard, Kim!