The Commission itself, and the employees of the Valley City administrative office do not provide legal advice or directly represent clients in legal proceedings. Representation is provided through the attorneys in the public defender offices and through various contracted counsel.
North Dakota presently has eight full time public defender offices. They are located in Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck. The larger offices receive the criminal and juvenile case assignments from the court staff. These cases are assigned first to the public defenders, and then to conflict counsel who are area attorneys who have contracted with our agency to provide case-by-case service, or by attorneys who have contracted for monthly conflict services.
The public defender offices may be contacted directly or through our administrative office at 701-845-8632.
- Ty Skarda, lead attorney
PO Box 728
340 North Main, Ste. B (3rd floor)
Watford City, ND 58854
- Pablo Sartorio, supervising attorney
11 1st Ave. SW
Minot, ND 58701
Phone number: 701-857-7750
- Marquis Bradshaw, lead attorney
9 1st Ave SW
Minot, ND 58701
Phone number: 701-857-8697
- Kevin McCabe, supervising attorney
135 Sims, Ste. 221
Dickinson, ND 58601
Phone number: 701-227-7460
- Misty Nehring, supervising attorney
309 Washington, Ste. 404
Williston, ND 58801
Phone number: 701-774-0510
- David Ogren, supervising attorney
405 Bruce Avenue, Ste. 101
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone number: 701-795-3910
- Todd Ewell, supervising attorney
410 East Thayer, Ste. 201
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone number: 701-328-7190
- Monty Mertz, supervising attorney
912 3rd Ave. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone number: 701-298-4640
In areas of North Dakota where there is no public defender office, indigent legal services are provided by private contractors. Private attorneys have monthly contracts with the CLCI and provide services for criminal and/or juvenile indigent persons. The number of contracts in any given area depends on the number of case assignments the particular judicial district shows for the year. The attorneys have a written contract which spells out their basic rights and responsibilities for the contract period. At the present time, in North Dakota there are approximately 60 contractors.
The contractors for any given area may be contacted by calling the main CLCI office at 701-845-8632.
The information provided in this website may provide general legal information, but is not intended to give legal advice or counsel on any specific legal matter. If you have a question concerning how the contents or subject matter of this website may affect a particular legal situation, you should seek counsel from an attorney or professional of your own choosing.