Living Art Museum: School of Law
Title of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
Displayed: Third floor, next to McGee Chambers
UND School of Law
Plaque Below Work:
Rodney S. Webb
U.S. District Judge
Plaque Beside Work:
In Memory of United States District Judge Rodney S. Webb
U.S. District of North Dakota Judge Rodney S. Webb passed away after a battle with cancer on August 9, 2009. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BSBA degree from the College of Business in 1957, and he earned his J.D. with distinction from the UND School of Law in 1959. While attending UND, Judge Webb was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and the Sigma Chi Social Fraternity.
After graduation, Judge Webb practiced law in Grafton, North Dakota from 1959-1981 with the Ringsak, Webb, Rice, & Metelmann Law Firm. During this time, Judge Webb was the Walsh County States Attorney and the president of the North Dakota States Attorney's Association. He then went on to become the Grafton Municipal Judge and the Special Assistant Attorney General for North Dakota.
Judge Webb was appointed to the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota by president Ronald Reagan on October 8, 1981. Reagan then appointed him United Stated District Judge for the District of North Dakota in 1987. He became Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota on January 1, 1993, and reached Senior Status as of January 1, 2002. He was a member of the United States Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys and a member of the Indian Affairs Subcommittee. Judge Webb retired from the North Dakota Army National Guard JAG Corps with the rank of Colonel. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administrative Office.
In 1998, he was awarded the Significant Sig National Award by his social fraternity, and in 1999, he received the Sioux Award, the highest award given by the University of North Dakota Alumni Association. Judge Webb also received the "Light of Justice" award from the North Dakota state trial lawyers.