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‘practicing law.’” McDonald has also been a longtime member of the State Bar Foundation Board, and he joined the SBAND Board or Governors six years ago. “It’s been a chance to give back in a way I was not able to as a younger attorney.” As this year’s president of SBAND, McDonald would like to work on strengthening the state’s local bar associations. “Some in the state are strong, but others could be more active. I see local bar associations as a good way for young lawyers to interact with the more seasoned ones in their community.” He also wants to encourage more middle-aged lawyers to be involved in SBAND. “It’s important for the bar to have experienced lawyers in their forties and fifties involved on the board and committees.“ In addition to his work with the state bar, McDonald is chairman of Bismarck’s public access television station, Dakota Media Access, and serves on the boards of Bridging the Dental Gap and Volunteer Caregivers. He is also the immediate past president of the Board of Trustees of the Bismarck YMCA. An avid runner since competing in cross country and track in college, McDonald can be found during most lunch hours running with other lawyer friends at the Y. McDonald believes the legal profession in North Dakota is “alive and doing very well. It’s much different from when I began in the 1970s. I’m amazed at how many people are practicing law today, and how many lawyers are working outside of the traditional career path of He also is impressed with the number of women lawyers in the state today. “In 1962 there was one woman in my class, and there were three in 1970. Today, there are nearly equal numbers of women as men, and they bring a lot to the profession.” His oldest daughter, Courtney Koebele, is a lawyer, presently serving as executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association. She and his youngest child, Caitlin, who works for the North Dakota Women’s Network, live in Bismarck. His other children are John, who is with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahasee; Bridget Gallagher, who is a Hotel Source Manager in Chanhassen, Minnesota; Grady, who is stationed in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Navy, and Molly, a physical therapist in Seattle. The McDonalds also have eight grandchildren. McDonald believes combining journalism with law has made for a very rewarding law practice. “Lawyers are writing all the time and knowing how to write well is very helpful.” He also believes North Dakota’s strong economy has created a demand for lawyers across the entire state. “I am very optimistic about the future, especially when there are so many opportunities for bright and talented young lawyers to practice law in North Dakota.” Sometimes The Best Solution Is Resolution. Jerilynn Brantner Adams Lisa Edison-Smith Angie Lord Leah Sonstelie Warner Bob Udland Family Law Employment Law Litigation Family Law Employment Law and Litigation • Focusing on divorce and child custody disputes • 19 years of experience in family law • North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster • Focusing on family law mediation • Chair, Joint ADR Committee of the NDSC and the SBAND • 15+ years of trial experience • 12 years of experience in family law and litigation • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 in Minnesota, as well as North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 in Minnesota, as well as North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 in Minnesota, as well as North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster • Focusing on workplace disputes and employment litigation • Mediation focus in general litigation, professional liability and personal injury • MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 in Minnesota, as well as North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster • More than 37 years of trial experience www.vogellaw.com With offices in Fargo, Bismarck and Williston, ND, and Moorhead and Minneapolis, MN SUMMER 2014 7