The State Bar Association of North Dakota Summer 2014 Gavel Magazine - Page 20

2014 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Christopher Myers − East Central Judicial District Myers is the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota. Besides keeping up a very busy trial schedule over the years, he has devoted himself to coaching youth hockey for his daughter in the Fargo Freeze Youth Hockey Association. Myers has devoted many hours of his time over several years as a coach and has achieved tremendous results with his players with both his hockey instruction and his life lessons. His focus for the players is to always to do the right thing and always try your best. Kristi Pettit Venhuizen − Northeast Central Judicial District Judge David Reich − South Central Judicial District Reich has been involved in the Bismarck community in a number of ways, and most recently began a running group called RADD, Runners Against Destructive Decisions. After seeing many of the same people back in Drug Court, Reich decided to start the group to help break the cycle of addiction by encouraging them to invest time in healthy alternatives and meeting new people. Reich runs with several people at 6:30 a.m. three days a week, and is planning to organize a 5K program and an annual running event to bring more attention to addiction issues in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Pettit Venhuizen’s involvement in the Grand Forks community includes being on the board for six years and a past president of the Grand Forks Foundation for Education; a board member of for seven years and a past president of Agassiz Enterprises and a board member and past president of the North Dakota Ballet Company. She currently is a member of the United Way board and chair of the lawyer section campaign division and grant committee. Pettit Venhuizen also serves on the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, the Delta Gamma Fraternity House Corporation and is a chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. She also is a regular guest speaker for the UND Criminal Justice Association. Gary Neuharth − Southeast Judicial District Judge William McLees − Northwest Judicial District Mary Nordsven − Southwest Judicial District Judge McLees was b ܛ