The most recent decade has ushered in many young attorneys, a majority of whom are still with the Firm today.
Ramona Garcia-Furlong was a registered nurse who worked in critical care before pursuing her legal career. She was experienced in medical malpractice and general litigation. She went on to found her own private practice.
Rachel Bruner served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dan Hovland prior to joining the Firm. She focuses her practice on school law and wrote an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National School Board Association. She was recently appointed by Governor Burgum to the North Dakota Parole Board.
Christina Sambor was a senior fellow with Polaris Project, worked as a law clerk, and was an associate attorney for a local firm before joining Pearce Durick. She was a 2014 Bush Fellow and used the opportunity to address human trafficking issues in North Dakota. She recently opened her own law and consulting practice in Bismarck.
Charles Carvell joined the Firm after a career in state government, during most of which he was Director of the Attorney General’s Division of Natural Resources and Indian Affairs, serving under Attorneys General Spaeth, Heitkamp, and Stenehjem.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ben Keup worked as a landman in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. He focuses his practice on property law, contracts, oil and gas, and estate planning and probate. He is active in the community through coaching his sons’ baseball and hockey teams.
After working for North Dakota’s non-profit civil legal services organization, Meredith Vukelic joined the Firm. She focuses her practice on education law and labor and employment law and is the Firm’s primary special education attorney. She also enjoys opportunities to present to groups on education and employment matters.
Pearce Durick PLLC attorney Meredith Vukelic has been invited to speak at the National Business Institute’s upcoming seminar titled Special Education Laws Made Simple. The seminar is designed for professionals who work with children with special needs in the school setting. Attendees will learn about schools’ obligations under special education laws, including requirements for IEPs, FAPE, LRE, options for dispute resolution, and issues surrounding discipline of special education students. Meredith will also present on bullying and harassment, discrimination under Section 504, and other school actions or inaction that can result in lawsuits. The seminar is being held at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. If you are interested in registering, you may use this link to do so.
Rachel Bruner and Meredith Vukelic, who lead Pearce Durick PLLC’s Education Law Group, were invited to speak at the North Dakota School Boards Association’s Law Seminar on October 24, 2019, on the topic of transgender student rights. As society continues to address issues affecting people who identify as LGBTQ, schools become a place where evolving opinions are explored and tested. In turn, school boards and school staff must balance competing opinions while transgender or gender non-conforming students assert their civil and educational rights at school. Rachel and Meredith enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the current legal landscape surrounding these matters with the several hundred seminar attendees.