Rebecca Thiem, Class of 1980, Named National Chair

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Rebecca S. Thiem of Bismarck, North Dakota, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at an August meeting of the Board held in Boulder, Colorado. She was the first North Dakotan on the NCBE Board of Trustees and is now the first North Dakotan to chair it.

Thiem is a 1980 graduate of the University of North Dakota Law School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is a partner in the law firm of Zuger Kirmis & Smith, with her practice concentrated in the areas of commercial law and litigation. She is vice-chair of the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court and recently became a fellow in the International Society of Barristers.

A past president and secretary of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, Thiem received the Distinguished Service Award of the State Bar Association of North Dakota in 2000. She is a past president of the North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners and has served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the North Dakota Supreme Court and State Bar Association of North Dakota. Thiem is also a past chair of the Bismarck–Mandan Development Association Board.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. It is based in Madison, Wisconsin, and governed by a 13-person board of trustees. NCBE provides high-quality examinations to state bar admission authorities for use in testing applicants for admission to practice law. NCBE also provides educational programming and other services to bar admission authorities. The examinations prepared by NCBE are the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). NCBE also prepares and coordinates the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).