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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 holds quarterly Meeting

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


Public Defender Day Celebrated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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


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

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.


Devils Lake Public Defender Office Opened

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


2020 Indigent Defense CLE format Modified

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

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

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


2015 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

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

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

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

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

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


2017 Winter CLE

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


Client Confidentiality and Mental Health

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

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


A Discussion on State vs. Helm

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


Post-conviction Relief

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


2017 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

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

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


2016 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

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

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


2014 Christmas CLE

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


2014 New Lawyer Training

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


2014 FAS CLE

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


2014 Indigent Defense Summer CLE

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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