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The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents' mission is to provide high quality, professional, and effective legal representation to eligible clients, consistent with the guarantees of the constitutions of the United States and North Dakota, and applicable North Dakota statutes and rules, at reasonable cost to the community.

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Commission On Legal Counsel Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:00 pm

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has set the next quarterly meeting for March 5, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. to be held in the Jamestown Administrative Office.  The agenda will be posted when it has been completed.


Commission welcomes a new supervisor in Williston

Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 11:00 pm

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has hired Eric Lundberg as the new supervising attorney in the Williston Public defender office.


Commission On Legal Counsel Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has scheduled its next quarterly meeting.  The meeting location is in Fargo, ND.  The details can be found here: https://www.indigents.nd.gov/commission-legal-counsel-notice-meeting 


Administrative Office Moves Physical Office Locations

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Administrative Office has moved its physical location to 300 2nd Ave NE, Suite 212 in Jamestown, ND.  The mailing address will remain P.O. Box 149, Valley City, ND 58072.  The phone numbers and all other relevant contact information remains the same.


Commission On Legal Counsel Notice of Meeting September 21, 2023

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel will hold a quarterly meeting of the Commission on September 21, 2023 in Jamestown, ND.


Commission holds quarterly meeting

Thursday, July 6, 2023

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents held its quarterly meeting at the North Dakota State Capitol on May 19, 2023.


Commission Hires Attorney Justin Borgen in the Minot Public Defender Office

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Attorney Justin Borgen has been hired in the Minot public defender office.  He joins Eric Baumann and Katie Miller as the third attorney in the office.


Annual Training for Commission Attorneys

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 08:00 am

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for indigents is hosting its annual training for staff lawyers, contract attorneys.  The event is being held at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan, ND.


Brooke Chilla hired as attorney in Bismarck-Mandan Public Defender Office

Friday, May 12, 2023

Brooke Chilla was hired as an attorney with the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents.  She is serving as an attorney in the Bismarck-Mandan Public Defender Office.


Gordon Dexheimer hired as attorney in Fargo Public Defender Office

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Gordon Dexheimer has been hired as an attorney for the Fargo Public defender Office.


Commission holds quarterly meeting

Monday, March 20, 2023

The Commission on Legal Counsel met in March to conduct a quarterly meeting.  


Commission holds Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The Commission held a quarterly meeting of the Commission on December 20, 2022.  The agenda was posted to the Secretary of State.  .  


Commission Seeks Comment on Performance Standards

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The Commission has preliminarily approved 5 appellate performance standards.


Commission Formally Adopts changes to Policies at March 17, 2022 meeting

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Commission Formally Adopts changes to Policies at March 17, 2022 meeting.  Those policies have been updated in the Standards and Policies section of the website.


Commission Seeks Comment on Performance Standards

Thursday, March 31, 2022

The N.D. Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents seeks comments to suggested changes on the performance standards as it relates to criminal and juvenile matters.


Income Guidelines for 2022 Updated

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The Commission has updated the income guidelines for eligibility.  The income guidelines reflect 125% of the official poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. Sec. 9902(2). 

 

 https://www.indigents.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Copy%20of%20Inco…

 

 


Commission holds Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents held a quarterly meeting on December 2, 2021.


Director Finck Participates in Justice's Teaching Institute

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Director Travis Finck participated in the Justices Teaching Institute that was hosted by the North Dakota Supreme Court.  He represented the appellant in a mock oral argument.  Article and photos found here


Commission Attorneys Sworn In

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 02:00 pm

Three employees with the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents have recently been sworn in to practice law in North Dakota:

Jesus Gandara

Rebecca Jund

Daniel Howell

Welcome aboard!!


Commission proposes changes to Policies

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents met on September 16, 2021 and made preliminary approval of changes to several policies and the guidelines.  They were sent out for comment on September 22, 2021.


Commission to hold quarterly meeting

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

 The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents will hold its quarterly meeting on September 16, 2021 in the Peace Garden Room at the North Dakota State Capitol.


Commission holds annual Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Commission recently held a CLE in June in Fargo where attorneys and contractors.  Simultaneously, the Commission held a quarterly meeting.


Devils Lake Public Defender Office New Mailing Address

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Devils Lake PD office has a new mailing address.  To contact the office, you can send mail to P.O. Box 1032, Devils Lake, ND 58301.


Commission holds quarterly Meeting

Friday, March 19, 2021

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel met for  a quarterly meeting in Bismarck on March 15.


Public Defender Day Celebrated

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The N.D. Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents celebrated the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case in Gideon v. Wainwright.


Annual Winter CLE completed virtually

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel completed its annual winter CLE on December 4, 2020.  If you attended the CLE, it may be claimed for a total for 5 CLE credits (4 regular, 1 ethics).  The Event Code is 20201204NDCLCI   


North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel holds meeting

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents met on November 23, 2020 and conducted its quarterly meeting.


North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents set to hold virtual training

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents is set to hold their annual Winter CLE on December 4, 2020.  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the training will be provided in an online format.  The CLE has been approved for 4 hours of general credit and 1 hour of ethics credit in North Dakota.


North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel set to hold quarterly meeting

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for indigents will hold its next quarterly meeting on November 23, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. in Bismarck.  The agenda will be posted with the secretary of state when finalized. 


Commission to hold quarterly meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 08:00 am

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents is set to hold a quarterly meeting on September 10, 2020.  The meeting will take place at the Peace Garden Room of the state capitol. 


Commission to Hold Special Meeting to Address Budget

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 09:00 am

The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents will be meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday August, 6, 2020.  The meeting will be held virtual on Microsoft Teams or via telephone.  The Commission's Valley City Administrative Office will serve as the physical location.  To access the meeting, you may dial (701) 328-0950, Conference ID 887 870 274#


CLE credit applied for in Minnesota

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Indigent Defense Summer CLE held on Microsoft Teams on June 25, 2020 has been submitted for credit in Minnesota.  North Dakota has previously approved the credit.  If you have any questions, please contact the Valley City administrative office.


Policies sent for Comment

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has approved changes to three policies.  Pursuant to the rule on adoption of standards and policies, the Commission is providing notice to interested parties for comment.  If a party wishes to comments, all comments must be sent to clcivc@nd.gov no later than August 17, 2020.  At that time, the Commission will decide whether to adopt the policies as originally drafted or as modified due to comments.


Indigent Defense 2020 Summer CLE (online)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Commission had to cancel its in person Indigent Defense Summer CLE due to concerns for the safety of the attendees and presenters.  The agency will host a CLE on June 25, 2020 on Microsoft Teams.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Williams at jewilliams@nd.gov and let her know you would like to register and what email we can send the login information too.  The list of speakers and bios can be found here.  The online webinar has been approved for 6.5 hours of regular credit and 1.0 hours of ethics.


North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel sets presumed rate of reimbursement

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents leaves presumed rate of reimbursement at current levels.


Devils Lake Public Defender Office Opened

Friday, May 1, 2020

The North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has announced the opening of its 8th public defender location in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  


Governor Burgum to issue budget guideline for state agency 2021-23 budgets

Friday, May 1, 2020

Governor Doug Burgum will release the guidelines for preparation of the 2021-23 budget requests on May 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The press briefing will be streamed live via the Governor's Facebook page or agencies can connect using Microsoft Teams Live.

The Governor’s remarks and other handouts will be posted to the OMB website after the presentation.


2020 Indigent Defense CLE format Modified

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Executive Director Travis Finck has informed employees and contractors the summer CLE will be modified and held in an online format.  


John R. Justice Grant Program

Saturday, June 15, 2019

John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program is available to assist certain prosecutors and public defenders in repayment of their eligible student loans.


Juvenile Law: The Rest of the Story: Guardianships/TPR/Parents/Appeals

Friday, June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE credit
Event Code 20180629NDCLCI


2015 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Monday, June 25, 2018

June 25-26 at the Fargo Ramada
approved for 11.5 CLE credits in ND, including 1.5 ethics credit
approved for 10.0 regular credits in MN, and 1.5 ethics credit (event code 206165)


2018 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21-22 Minot Clarion
Approved for 12.5 credits in ND, including 3.0 ethics credits
Event Code 20180621NDCLCI


Juvenile Law: Unruly/Status Offenses & ICWA

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE credit
Event Code 20180511NDCLCI


Juvenile Law: Understanding Detention and Delinquency

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE Credit
Event Code 20180427NDCLCI


Overview of the Juvenile Court System

Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE credit
Event Code 20180119NDCLCI


2017 Winter CLE

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 Fargo Holiday Inn
Approved for 3.5 ND CLE credits, 0.0 ethics
Event Code 20171201NDCLCI


Client Confidentiality and Mental Health

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND Ethics CLE credit
Event Code 20171115NDCLCI


Guidelines to Determine Eligibility for Indigent Defense Services

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE
Event Code 20170928NDCLCI


A Discussion on State vs. Helm

Thursday, August 24, 2017

October 24, 2017
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE credits
Event Code 2017024NDCLCI


Post-conviction Relief

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 Valley City and Public Defender Offices
Approved for 1.0 ND CLE credit
Event Code 20170818NDCLCI


2017 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21-22, 2017 Bismarck Ramkota
Approved for 11.25 ND CLE credits including 1.0 ethics credit
Approved for 10.25 standard credits in MN and 1.0 ethics credit in MN (event code 242079)
Event Code 2050-06-21-17


2016 Christmas CLE

Friday, December 9, 2016

December 2, 2016 Bismarck Radisson
approved for 3.5 ND CLE credits, 0.0 ethics
Event Code 20161202


2016 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22-23 at the Grand Forks Alerus Center
Approved for 12.25 credits in ND, including 1.5 ethics credits.
Approved for 10.75 standard credits in MN, and 1.5 ethics credits.
Event Code 20161202NDCLCI


2015 Christmas CLE

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4 at the Bismarck Ramada
approved for 3.75 CLE credits in ND (Event #20151204NDCLCI)


2014 Christmas CLE

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5 at the Bismarck Ramada
approved for 3.5 CLE credits in ND (Event #20141205NDCLCI)


2014 New Lawyer Training

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 9 at the Bismarck Radisson
approved for 3.75 CLE credits in ND


2014 FAS CLE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 at the Grand Forks county office building
approved for 2.0 CLE credits in ND


2014 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24-25 at the Bismarck Ramkota
approved for 12.0 CLE credits, in ND, including 1.0 ethics credit
approved for 12.0 CLE credits in MN (event code 192136)


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