Webinar: Opportunity, Legal Work, and The ND Oil Industry: What [Aspiring] Lawyers Need to Know

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News Article

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School of Law


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:00 p.m. CDT (1 hour)

DESCRIPTION: This webinar will describe the market for legal work in North Dakota's oil boom. It will address the wide variety of work lawyers do and the different roles they play in the boom, including title examination, landman work, business practice, litigation, probate, estate planning, and others. This webinar is designed to give lawyers of all stripes an introduction into the intersection of the law and the oil boom in Western North Dakota.

PRESENTER: Christopher Friez graduated from the UND School of Law in 2005. Following graduation from law school, Chris served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, and then entered private practice with what is now Crowley Fleck PLLP in Bismarck. Chris practices primarily in the natural resources area, with a major focus on oil, gas, coal and other energy. He has extensive experience in title examination and has prepared numerous drilling title opinions and division order title opinions. He also maintains a busy probate practice along with real estate transactional work and other commercial work.

MODERATOR: Denitsa R. Mavrova Heinrich graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in May 2010, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers. While in law school, Denitsa served as a Teaching Assistant for the Lawyering Skills and Academic Success programs and was the Student Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review. After graduation, Denitsa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Muehlen Maring of the North Dakota Supreme Court. In August 2011, Denitsa began a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.