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People's law school comes to Devils Lake

By   Dana Zinke

Have you ever found yourself questioning something pertaining to the law? Maybe you have wondered how you create a will, or what the process is for filing for divorce. Often, the general public has questions that can’t be easily answered without speaking to an attorney.

Since most people don’t have the access to a lawyer, the Information and Service Committee of the State Bar Association of North Dakota instituted the People’s Law School— a set of free, informational sessions for anyone that is interested in learning a little more about different areas of law and the basic information on how our legal system works.  Each session will be led by an attorney who has prepared a presentation about a specific area of law. 

There will be two sessions of the People’s Law School held in Devils Lake. The classes will be held this month in the Chautauqua Gallery at Lake Region State College. The sessions are 2 hours long and include some time for personal questions at the end. 

The first session in Devils Lake will be on October 7th from 7-9 p.m. The topics will include Estate Planning and Domestic Violence. Tom Traynor, an attorney from Devils Lake, will be presenting information about Estate Planning. Lonnie Olson and Doug Broden, also attorneys in Devils Lake, will work together to teach material on Domestic Violence.
The second session will be held on October 14th from 7-9 p.m. The topics will be Criminal Law and Family Law. Brittany Blake and Jason McCarthy, attorneys from Grand Forks, will present the Criminal Law material and Michael Hurly, an attorney in Devils Lake, will share information about Family Law.

The classes are free and open to the public, but you are asked to register online so they can get an approximate number. The website to register at is  Those interested can choose to enroll in the sessions for both dates, or choose what they are most interested in. 

There are similar classes offered in towns across the state in the month of October, including Bismarck, Fargo, and Williston. For more information on any of these sessions, locations, or times, please visit