Jesse’s lifelong interest in civil rights and criminal justice issues led him to focus his career on defending people accused of crimes. During his years as a criminal defense lawyer, Jesse has represented people from all walks of life as they faced a variety of serious criminal charges in the courts of North Dakota, Minnesota, and the Federal government.
Prior to joining SW&L, Jesse clerked at a criminal defense firm in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and practiced criminal defense at other firms in Fargo, North Dakota.
Professional Memberships and Service:
Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota (“SBAND”).
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”).
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”).
Member, North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NDACDL”)
As a college student, Jesse took as many criminal justice courses as he could while earning a degree in criminal justice and sociology. One of his courses involved reenacting a real-life murder trial with the students taking on the roles of the judge, attorneys, witnesses, and jurors. Jesse played the role of the defense lawyer and obtained a not guilty verdict for his “client.” This experience was key in his decision to become a criminal defense lawyer.
After graduating from Minot State University, Jesse went to law school at the University of North Dakota. During law school, Jesse received awards for the highest grade in three courses and for the best appellate brief in the moot court competition. He was also a finalist in moot court and the Carrigan Cup trial competition as well as the Burtness Scholar teaching assistant for Constitutional Law.