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 six full time public defender offices. They are located in Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck. In each office there is a supervising attorney, and he or she takes criminal and juvenile assignments from the court staff. Those 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.
- Robert Martin, supervising attorney
11 1st Ave. SW
Minot, ND 58701
Phone number: 701-857-7750
- Kevin McCabe, supervising attorney
135 Sims, Ste. 221
Dickinson, ND 58601
Phone number: 701-227-7460
- Daniel El-Dweek, 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
- Matthew Arthurs, supervising attorney
314 East Thayer, Ste. 200
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 42 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.