Michael S. McGinniss Appointed to Joint Committee on Attorney Standards

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At the invitation of Chief Justice VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court, Assistant Professor of Law Michael S. McGinniss has accepted an appointment to serve a three-year term on the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards. The Joint Committee was established by Supreme Court Administrative Rule 38, and consists of fourteen members, seven appointed by the Supreme Court and seven appointed by the SBAND Board of Governors. The Joint Committee provides an indispensable mechanism for the Court and SBAND to engage in continual review of the North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct, rules governing the lawyer discipline system, and other matters concerning attorney standards and supervision.

Before joining the law school faculty in 2010, Professor McGinniss served as Disciplinary Counsel for the Delaware Supreme Court. He currently teaches Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, and Lawyering Skills. In 2011, he was awarded the inaugural J. Philip Johnson Faculty Fellowship, given to promote professional responsibility, leadership and ethics, both in the legal profession and in the community. He was also selected from a nationwide pool of legal ethics teachers and scholars as one of ten Fall 2011 Fellows of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism.