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A Lecture in Support of DCB’s Annual Book Read

Derrick headshot.jpgDakota College at Bottineau (DCB) Annual Campus Read program is excited to announce the March guest speaker. Derrick Braaten of the Braaten Law Firm in Bismarck will speak to the campus and Bottineau community about agricultural law in North Dakota. Braaten’s presentation will be presented virtually March 22 on the Dakota College at Bottineau campus.

He has generously offered to share his expertise on North Dakota law to help the DCB community evaluate the proposals explained in the book chosen for this year’s annual campus book read, Forty Chances:  Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett. Forty Chances discusses solutions to the problem of food insecurity, defined as a situation when an individual or a group does not know where it will find its next meal. Part of the solution to the problem of food insecurity may be land tenure, which Forty Chances defines as food producers owning the land they farm.
The Braaten Law Firm, “formerly known as Sarah Vogel Law Partners, was established by Sarah Vogel – former two-term Agricultural Commissioner – and Beth Angus Baumstark. [….] Derrick Braaten began as an associate to Beth and Sarah and has developed a far-reaching practice working tirelessly on behalf of landowners across the Great Plains and beyond.”
The Super Lawyers website reports selecting Derrick Braaten “to Super Lawyers for 2021- 2022.” In its selection process, Super Lawyers uses twelve criteria, “including peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice.”  The evaluation process identifies “a small number of attorneys in each state” and indicates “Derrick Braaten has earned the respect of peers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation.”

For promoting soil health and work on conservation, the national Soil and Water Conservation Society awarded Braaten a Merit Award in 2019. The North Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society in 2019 awarded Braaten a Business Stewardship Award “for promoting conservation.” And the website of the Braaten Law Firm reports that “in February 2023, Derrick became the first attorney elected in the state of North Dakota to the prominent national organization of leading eminent domain attorneys, Owners’ Counsel of America.” He is published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review, wrote a column on Agricultural Law issues for Agweek, and has published three titles on local food, marketing local food, and legal issues with local food systems.
Braaten’s presentation will be March 22 at noon and 7:00 PM in the Centennial Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall. To accommodate scheduling issues for all involved, Derrick Braaten will participate through digital technology from Bismarck. For a link to the presentation contact Gary Albrightson the day of the presentation March 22 @