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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of North Dakota|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||11/26/2002 - Present|
|Chief:||2002 - 2009|
|Preceded by:||Patrick Conmy|
|Home State:||Moorhead, MN|
|Undergraduate:||Concordia College, B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||U. of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1979|
Daniel L. Hovland is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Hovland served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2002 to 2009. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early life and education
Hovland started his career in 1979 as a law clerk for former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Ralph Erickstad. In 1980, Hovland joined the North Dakota Attorney General's Office as an Assistant Attorney General. Hovland spent the remainder of his pre-judicial legal career, from 1983 to 2002, in private practice in the state of North Dakota. In addition to his private practice work, Hovland served as the Commissioner of the Bismarck Parks & Recreation District from 1992 to 2002 and also served as a part-time Administrative law judge in the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings from 1994 to 2002.
District of North Dakota
On the recommendation of the entire North Dakota Congressional Delegation, Hovland was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 26, 2002 to a seat vacated by Patrick Conmy. Hovland was confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002 and received commission on November 26, 2002.\
Judge grants injunction for North Dakota abortion restrictions (2013)
In July 2013, Judge Hovland prevented a North Dakota law from going into effect, which would not allow abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected. This often occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy, though guidelines, set by the United States Supreme Court, allow abortions at least until viability outside of the womb is possible, often around twenty-four weeks. In the opinion, Judge Hovland said,
|“||The United States Supreme Court has unequivocally said that no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.||”|
Judge Hovland also alluded to the state opening up an expensive legal battle to challenge precedent set by the Supreme Court. At the time the bill was signed, Governor Jack Dalrymple referred to it as:
|“||a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.||”|
- WDAY-TV "North Dakota has new chief federal judge," January 30, 2010
- Hovland Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- The Washington Post, "Judge temporarily blocks North Dakota's six-week abortion ban, calling it 'clearly unconstitutional," July 22, 2013
- The New York Times, "Judge Blocks North Dakota Abortion Restrictions," July 22, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of North Dakota
|Magistrate judges||Karen Klein • Charles Miller • Alice Senechal •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|