A fact not well-known is that Grand Forks, ND is the birthplace of “Cream of Wheat” cereal.  The porridge was invited at the Grand Forks Diamond Milling Company in 1893.  The mills owners George Bull, Emory Mapes and George Clifford, Sr. had a feeling about the product, which George Clifford’s brother, Fred, had named “Cream […]

Lawyers take the helm

With the inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021, the United States will once again be led by a team of lawyers.  In the case of Joe Biden, he practiced law in Wilmington, Delaware from 1968 to 1972 immediately after law school, including a stint as a Public Defender.  On the […]

A wisp of the United States Supreme Court

Like probably 99% of the other attorneys in America, I have never had the privilege of appearing before the United States Supreme Court.  At this point in my career, it is highly unlikely that I ever will. However, once I did have a glancing contact with that auspicious Court, this came in the form of […]

When at First You Don’t Succeed……..

While I was fortunate enough to pass the Bar exam on the first try, I know many friends and colleagues who weren’t so lucky.  To those of you who didn’t, this post is for you!  I say this because you are not alone and are in very good company.  Below is a list of famous […]

Happy Law Day

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 […]

Larry was recently appointed by the State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) 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 […]

Larry rejoins Faculty at Lake Region State College

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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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