All new members of the State Bar Association of North Dakota are invited to join us on Friday, September 23, 2016, for sessions on personal balance, benefits of membership in the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and ethics issues. After the seminar, an informal luncheon will be held for new members. Representatives of the young lawyers section of the State Bar Association of North Dakota will discuss the activities of this section.

Meagher & Geer Senior Counsel, Tracy Vigness Kolb, will present, “Professionalism for New Bar Admittees- “What to do when the game gets tough—What would Jimmy do?” She will discuss Jim Valvano (“Jimmy V”) and his blueprint for living life fully, from his memorable 1993 ESPY speech when he was presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Click here to view the program agenda.

Tracy has been practicing law in North Dakota since 1995. She has practiced in the private and public sector handling litigation, administrative and legislative matters, and legal and regulatory compliance matters, particularly in the health care setting. Her private practice has been devoted primarily to litigation, mostly specializing in representing health care providers—hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, and long-term care facilities—and the defense of medical malpractice cases. Tracy has represented providers, too, in state regulatory licensing and disciplinary matters.

Tracy has a special interest in health care compliance and regulatory matters, including an in-depth working knowledge of HIPAA and HITECH and other data privacy and security laws, many of which have application to other industry sectors and businesses. She has counseled and assisted clients in their compliance efforts with these laws that includes developing data privacy and security programs. Among other privacy and security-related work and projects, Tracy was a member of the American Bar Association’s HITECH Task Force, a group of lawyers that worked over a five-year period studying and developing analyses, templates, forms and educational materials dealing with key HITECH privacy and security compliance issues.

Tracy practices in North Dakota state and federal courts, and has also appeared regularly in tribal courts representing Indian tribes, tribal entities, and other defendants.