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Happy Law Day

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      Today is May 1st.  Most people associate May 1st with the holiday "May Day".  You probably associate this holiday with May poles and May Day baskets.  However, for those of you who can recall the heady days when Communism and the Soviet Union seemed to be taking over the World, you will remember that May Day was a major holiday in those countries,  So, to counter this communist
    Larry was recently appointed by the State Bar Association of North Dakota to fill the unexpired term for one of five seats that organization has on the North Dakota Judicial Conference.  The North Dakota Judicial Conference meets twice a year and has a total of 75 members which includes all of the state district court judges and the Justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court.  The conference considers proposals regarding the administration of
    Larry once again joined the faculty at the Lake Region State College campus located at the Grand Forks Air Force Base this fall.  Larry has the privilege of teaching Essential of Business Law, which is an introductory undergraduate course on business law.  Thank you again Lake Region for the opportunity!!! 

The Men and Women in Black

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As an attorney, it would be impossible to determine how many court appearances I have made.  The number certainly runs well into the thousands.  Why so many?  When I worked as a contract public defender, I appeared in court almost daily for weeks on end, many times with multiple hearings in a day.  Even today, I appear regularly in Court about two or three times a week. While determining the number
As I noted in the prior post, I enjoyed studying the attorney section of the Grand Forks yellow pages directory.  It says so much about us and our field and really our culture.  As noted before, the number of firms rose in the 1980's and 1990's and is now falling.  The advertising in the yellow pages reflects that trend, but even much more than that. For instance in the 1960 Northwestern Bell
One of my areas of subinterest is studying the attorney section of the Grand Forks yellow pages section of the phone book.  As a publication, the phone books days (as a paper publication) are numbered given the rise of the internet and smartphones.  However, if you look back, the yellow pages are a facinating reflection of our culture, values, and the growth (or decline) of an industry.  The attorney section in the yellow
On April 22, 2016 in the old Rehab Building on the campus of Altru Health System, Larry teamed up with RaeAnn Johnson, who is a North Dakota caseworker with Vulnerable Adult Protective Services, to give a presentation to social workers employed by Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks on vulnerable adults and guardianship law.  Larry focused his presentation on the court procedures necessary to obtain both a permanent and temporary adult guardianship in North Dakota.  Larry

Richard D. Farroh

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Born in 1953, Richard Farroh was raised in Williston, ND.  Richard was a man of many talents.  While in Williston, Richard worked as a contractor during the first oil boom in the early 1980's.  He learned to be a skilled builder and mechanic (In fact, he practically remodeled parts of my first home).  Like Kevin Spaeth, Richard also was a great guitar player and continued to perform with his band several times a year.  Richard also became a

Lyle H. Moe

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Born in 1953, Lyle H. Moe was raised on a farm near Edinburg, ND where Lyle, along with his brothers, become known as the "Moe boys" for their antics and hijinxs.  The survivor skills learned from that experience served him well when he joined the U.S. Marine Corp after high school.  After several years of seeing the world, Lyle attended Mayville State and then went on to UND Law School where

Kevin B. Spaeth

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Born in 1950 and raised in Massachusetts, Kevin was of Irish descent and had the red hair and stature to match.  Kevin graduated UND Law School.  In fact, a law school newspaper asked Kevin what his goal was in life was, to which Kevin replied "To be the most famous guy named Kevin", which is classic Kevin Spaeth humor.  Kevin along with John Thelen as well as a host of other attorneys who came in went over the years operated

Thomas B. Jelliff

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Tom Jelliff was one of a kind despite being a twin.  Tom was born with his brother Ted in Grand Forks in 1936.  Each loved history and were connected at the hip and each married girls named Jan.  Tom became an attorney back in 1962 and served as Grand Forks County State's Attorney during much of the 1970's, while Ted became a teacher and later director of the Grand Forks Historical Society where he was

In Rememberance

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I am going to depart from my judicial biographies over the next few posts to remember those attorneys I worked closely with in the Grand Forks legal community who are no longer with us.  They were each great men in their own right, but human nonetheless--with all the good and bad which that entails and each died far to young.  For those of you from the Grand Forks legal community familiar with these
On February 25, 2016, Larry's eventful term as President of the Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association came to an end at the February meeting.  During the course of the year, Larry spoke at two judicial investitures, moderated a Law Day CLE with retired judges, purchased a retirement gift for another judge as well as presided over the general monthly meetings.  It was an eventful, but rewarding experience.  Larry wishes the
On January 20, 2016, Larry presented for the second year in a row at the Sterling Educational Conference Landlord/Tenant Law training session held in Fargo, ND.  To a group which included landlords, attorneys, realtors, and other professionals, Larry discussed at length Evictions and Landlord/Tenant obligations.  Audio tapes of the training are available through SES.

September 15, 2015---A Very Busy Day indeed!

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For Larry Richards, Septermber 15, 2015 was a busy one.  In the morning, Larry gave an hour long presentation before the Landlord Compliance training sponsored by Minot State University.  The training was held on the 6th Floor of the Grand Forks County Building with over 80 attendees.  The discussion focused on Evictions and Small Claims. Not to be overshadowed, in the afternoon, Larry Richards, as President of the Greater Grand Forks

Justice Howell Jackson

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On this date in 1895, Justice Howell Jackson died in Nashville, Tennessee.  Howell Jackson was born in Paris, Tennessee on April 8, 1832 and raised in Jackson, Tennessee.  Jackson graduated with an A.B. in 1849 from West Tennessee College in Jackson, Tennessee.  He went on to attend the University of Virginia for two years.  After a stint clerking for a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice as well as a former Congressman, Jackson

Justice Thomas Johnson

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On this date in 1791, President George Washington nominated Thomas Johnson to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court to the seat left vacant by the resignation of Justice John Rutledge (who would a few years later serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court). Thomas Johnson was born on November 4, 1732 in Calvert County, Maryland.  Johnson was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1753

Justice William Johnson

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On this date in 1834, Justice William Johnson, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, died at age 62 in New York, NY after undergoing jaw surgery.  William Johnson was born in December, 1771 in Charleston, South Carolina the son of two revolutionaries.  Johnson studied law at Princeton where he graduated with an A.B. in 1790.  After "reading the law" in the law office of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Johnson passsed
Larry Richards joined the faculty of Lake Region State College as adjunct faculty this summer.  Larry taught Accounting 215: Business in a Legal Environment at the college's campus located at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.  The eight week basic business law course covered a whole variety of topics which included agency, contracts, business structures, employment law, and a whole host of other legal topics which could affect business.  It was an experience Larry
On June 24, 2015, Larry Richards was sworn in to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Grand Forks Lions Club.  Larry has been a member of the club for almost ten years and has prior service as a member of the Board of Directors.  In addition, Larry served as President of the Grand Forks Lions Club from 2010-11.  The Grand Forks Lions Club also


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