Three UND Law Alumni receive Promotions with U.S. Attorney's Office

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Three assistant U.S. attorneys have been promoted to leadership roles within the U.S. Attorney's Office here. Those promoted were Keith Reisenauer to first assistant U.S. attorney, Rick Volk to senior litigation counsel and Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl to criminal supervisor for the Fargo office.

Reisenauer is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and the UND Law School. He has been with the U.S. Attorney's Office since 1991. He was the organized crime and drug enforcement task force coordinator and prosecutor for the district of North Dakota for 12 years and has been the criminal supervisor in the Fargo office since 2008. Prior to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Reisenauer was with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office as an assistant state's attorney from 1983 to 1991.

Volk graduated from Valley City (N.D.) State University and earned a law degree from the UND School of Law. He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2002 after more than nine years prosecuting cases in the Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office in Bismarck. Throughout his employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Volk has been assigned to prosecution of violent crime and drug trafficking crimes in Indian country, serving as the primary point of contact for the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for several years. He also serves as special counsel to the U.S. attorney for Indian country and is the district election officer for the office. In 2015, Volk was assigned to the Bakken Strike Force and designated to lead the federal prosecution of organized criminal activity in the northwest quadrant of North Dakota, and also serves as the supervisor of the Bakken Strike Force attorneys. Volk will continue in his role as the Strike Force supervisor as well as the new duties of senior litigation counsel.

Puhl is a native of Devils Lake, N.D., and a graduate of the UND School of Law. She has served for 10 years as the North Dakota coordinator for Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative aimed at combating the sexual exploitation of children. Puhl also serves as the human trafficking coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2002, Puhl was in private practice in Minneapolis.