Robin Huseby

Executive Director

ND Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents

2517 West Main, PO Box 149
Valley City, ND 58072

(701) 845-8632 | Fax:
rhuseby@nd.gov

Bio

Robin Huseby is a lifelong resident of North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1978.  She began private practice in Valley City, ND, and worked with that firm until 1985 when she began prosecuting for the state as assistant state's attorney for Barnes County.  Ms. Huseby was elected as Barnes County State's Attorney in 1990.  She prosecuted and tried many high profile felonies throughout the years, including an involved child abuse sex ring, and a triple murder which was the result of ingestion of methamphetamine and domestic violence.  She was very active with domestic violence agencies and still trains advocates for the state.  For many years the State of North Dakota had been ringing its hands over the decrepit state of its indigent defense delivery system.  Ms. Huseby had witnessed the problems first hand as a prosecutor.  North Dakota was the only state to have all flat fee monthly contractors providing services, and those attorneys were chosen, and paid for, by the Judges.  In 2005, North Dakota passed a sweeping reform bill and established "The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents."  In November of 2005, Ms. Huseby was hired as Executive Director for this new agency by the seven person governing commission.  In January of 2006, they commenced as the new agency, starting with 3 employees and one administrative office.  The state doubled its financial commitment to indigent defense, and the North Dakota Commission currently has 30 employees and six public defender offices located throughout the state.  They contract with approximately 42 private attorneys for conflict counsel.  It has been a hard and bumpy road to get where they are today, but Ms. Huseby thinks they are making great strides to comply with "The Ten Principles."  Ms. Huseby enjoys hunting, biking, and archery in her spare time.  She has a husband and three grown children, one of whom is a prosecutor.  Her husband, Mark Johnson, farms his family farm north of their city.  They have one grandson and one on the way.

Phyllis E Mann - Wed, 01/20/2010 - 15:37