I’ve been practicing law since 1995, when I earned my J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. During my studies, I spent a year as a visiting student at the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Before opening Barron Law Firm in 2012, I worked in a number of other positions: Associate Attorney at Pearson, Christensen, and Clapp in Grand Forks, North Dakota; Clinical Instructor and Visiting Professor in the Clinical Education Program at the University of North Dakota School of Law; Staff Attorney for the Northeast Central Judicial District in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Assistant Polk County (Minnesota) Attorney.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I taught English at Illinois State University, Ohio State University, and Cleveland State University. I received a Ph. D. In English Literature from The Ohio State University in 1982 and a B.A. in Literature from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1975.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association, and the Randy H. Lee American Inn of Court. I currently serve as a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of North Dakota. Previously I served as President of the Randy H. Lee American Inn of Court, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of the Women Lawyers Section of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and Chair of the Inquiry Committee Northeast of the Supreme Court of North Dakota.
I am married to John Madden, an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Dakota. I have two adult children and one grandson. In my spare time I enjoy reading, audiobooks, music, and petting my cats and walking my dog.
|MN||Authorized to practice||1996||02/14/2020|
|ND||Authorized to practice law||1995||04/16/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Legal Writing||American Jurisprudence Award||1995|
|Family Law||American Jurisprudence Award||1995|
|Family Law||Clark Boardman Callaghan Award||1995|
|Associate Attorney||Pearson, Christensen, & Clapp, PLLP||2005 - 2012|
|Visiting Clinical Professor||University of North Dakota School of Law||2004 - 2005|
|Staff Attorney||Grand Forks County District Court||2003 - 2004|
|Clinical Instructor||Legal Aid Association, University of North Dakota School of Law||2000 - 2003|
|Assistant County Attorney||Polk County (Minnesota) Attorney's Office||1998 - 2000|
|Law Clerk||9th Judicial District, State of Minnesota||1995 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of North Dakota||Member||2017 - Present|
|Randy H. Lee American Inn of Court||Master||2008 - Present|
|Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association||N/A||2000 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Associaton||N/A||1996 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|State Bar Association of North Dakota||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Women's Law Section, State Bar Association of North Dakota||Vice President||2016 - 2017|
|Randy H. Lee American Inn of Court||President||2015 - 2017|
|Northern Valley Youth Orchestras||Past Member, Board of Directors||2012 - 2016|
|North Dakota State Bar Association, Inquiry Committee Northeast||Former Member and Former Chair||2008 - 2015|
|Antioch College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|The Ohio State University||PhD - Doctorate||1982|
|University of North Dakota School of Law||Visiting Clinical Professor||2005|
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