Meet Blake

I'm Blake D. Hankey

 

I'm experienced, dedicated and ready to serve as a Judge in Traill, Steele and Cass County Court. I attended law school at Western State University College of Law, I have over 18 years of legal experience – ranging from criminal law, personal injury, corporate and contract law, trust and estates, civil litigation, appellate law, domestic relations and real estate law. I am licensed to practice law in North Dakota District and Federal Court as well as Minnesota District Court. I have a wide breadth of knowledge of our court system at all levels. I've previously served as a Councilman on the Harwood City Commission and I am currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Harwood. I currently reside in Harwood, ND, with my wife, Kelsey, my son, and our dog.

 

 

Blake's Judicial Philosophy

EXPERIENCED - DEDICATED - FIRM BUT FAIR

EXPERIENCED

Judges should be EXPERIENCED in the law.

 

DEDICATED

Judges should be DEDICATED to public service.

 

FIRM BUT FAIR

Judges should be FAIR in their application of the law.

 

Q&A With Blake

In over 18 years of practice, I have handled thousands of cases in a variety of practice areas including, but not limited to: criminal law, personal injury, corporate and contract law, trusts and estates, civil litigation, appellate law, domestic relations, and real estate law. I also bring a unique perspective as a public servant. I have served as a Councilman on the Harwood City Commission and I am currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Harwood.

Becoming a Judge is a lifelong dream of mine. Growing up in Fargo, Judge Georgia Dawson's son was a friend of mine and we would watch Judge Dawson on the bench from time to time. As a middle schooler at Agassiz Middle School, I knew becoming a Judge was my dream job. I will treat the Judgeship as my dream job and treat each case as if it were my only case even if it means working nights and weekends. If elected I would like to establish a veterans court for the counties of Traill, Steele and Cass Counties.

I have handled thousands of cases in a variety of fields. I have also had contracts with the Commission on Indigent Defense in Traill, Steele, Grand Forks, Nelson, Burleigh, Morton and Walsh Counties. With these contracts I was in court almost every day, mainly handling felony cases. I have tried over 100 cases including Jury and Bench trials and appeared many times in front of the North Dakota Supreme Court.

I will do everything I can to treat each case as my only case and give each case adequate time, even if it means long hours. It is not lost on me that the decisions Judges make impact peoples lives, whether it is a criminal or civil case. I would take as much time as needed to make sure all parties that appear in front of me receive respect and fairness. This is the same philosophy I use as the Mayor of Harwood.
There is currently a pubic defender system in place as well as translator services in criminal cases. Legal services of North Dakota is also available for individuals with low income or the elderly. With that said, I believe it would be prudent to conduct a study to determine if any persons or groups are being ill represented.
 
 
 

I'm Blake Hankey and I want your vote for District Court Judge

 

As a judicial candidate, I value our laws, and our state and U.S. Constitutions. Further, I believe it is necessary to apply the law as written in each case so justice can be delivered fairly. District Court is the place where most people interact with the justice system. The people who come before a District Court Judge are seeking answers to legal problems that are paramount in their lives. Those legal issues span from criminal to family to civil, all areas in which I have experience. As a public servant for many years, I understand the dedication necessary to ensure that cases are managed efficiently so that people get answers they need to move forward in their lives. Most importantly, I understand first hand how vital it is that justice is delivered fairly to everyone.

I am experienced in the law, I am dedicated to public service, and I will apply the law fairly to the people who come before me.  I would be honored to continue my public service as a District Court Judge, and I humbly ask for your vote.

Professional Background

 

I graduated from Fargo South High School in 1994. I attended the University of Minnesota Duluth on a tennis scholarship, graduating in 1999. After working as a United States Professional Tennis Association tennis professional, I attended law school at Western State University College of Law, earning a juris doctorate degree in 2003. After law school, I worked in Minneapolis and St. Paul before moving to Grand Forks and working with the law firm, Rosenquist and Arnason. I became a named partner after three years of employment. I'm currently the owner of Hankey Law PLLC which has been in operation since 2010. I'm licensed to practice law in North Dakota District and Federal Court as well as Minnesota District Court. I practice primarily in criminal defense, but over my 18 years of practice, I've handled cases in a variety of practice areas including, but not limited to: personal injury, corporate and contract law, trusts and estates, civil litigation, appellate law, domestic relations, and real estate law. I've handled cases for the Commission of Indigent Defense for 17 years. I previously served as a Councilman on the Harwood City Commission and am currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Harwood. I coached youth hockey for 9 years for both the Grand Forks and Fargo Youth Hockey Associations. I'm a level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach.

 

Spherion

  • Examined documents at Faegre & Benson and 3M in preparation for government review.
 

Rosenquist and Arnason, LLP, Associate Attorney

  • General Practitioner with a broad experience in all phases of criminal and civil law.

Hankey Law
P.L.L.P.

  • Have handled thousands if not thousands of criminal (Adult and
    Juvenile) matters.
 
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