Peter Balega, Lecturer: Fall Semesters - POLS 216: Campaigns/Elections
Mark Friese, Lecturer: Fall & Spring Semesters - POLS 230: Judicial Process
Mark's primary practice area is criminal law. Additionally, Mark practices in general litigation. Mark received undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and social/behavioral sciences from Bismarck State College and the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He received his law degree, with Distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Mark was a Bismarck police officer for over 5 years. As an officer, he performed numerous additional duties including: field and recruit training; membership on the tactical team and bomb disposal team; and chemical test operator. Mark has trained law enforcement officers at seminars conducted throughout the US. Mark also teaches law-related topics for the University of Mary and North Dakota State University in Fargo. He frequently speaks for criminal justice organizations across the state.
Deb Maertens, Lecturer: Fall Semesters and Spring Semesters - POLS 115: American Government
Deb has a BA with High Distinction from the Universeity of Minnesota where she majored in Latin American Area Studies with a strong concentration in Spanish. She completed her MS in Political Science at North Dakota State University with a focus on Public Policy. As an undergraduate student, Deb studied the European Union on-site in Brussels, Belgium soon after the historic signing of the Maastricht Treaty. She also conducted both undergraduate and graduate research in west-central rural Mexico where she investigated outmigration decisions in response to US immigration laws. She is often an invited speaker to classes and community groups on the topic of immigration. Deb serves as the advisor for the NDSU student group HOLA-Hispanic Organization of Latin Americans.
Bruce Quick, Lecturer: Fall & Spring Semesters - POLS 430 & POLS 431
Bruce concentrates his practice in criminal defense. He received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from North Dakota State University and graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota Law School in 1978. Bruce has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the past 10 years and has been named a Great Plains "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Bruce spent several years as a prosecutor in the State's Attorney's Office, Cass County, North Dakota, and as First Assistant Attorney General in the North Dakota Attorney General's Office. His experience includes numerous jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts.
Bruce is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings for lawyers, law enforcement and political subdivisions, and organized a criminal defense section of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He teaches at North Dakota State University and has written many articles and a book on criminal law. Bruce also teaches criminal trial advocacy and criminal procedure at the University of North Dakota Law School.