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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|
|Undergraduate:||Concordia College, B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||University 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.\==Notable cases==
Judge overturns North Dakota 2013 abortion law (2014)United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
In April 2014, Judge Hovland struck down the 2013 North Dakota bill that banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Judge Hovland used the precedent set in the Supreme Court of the United States's decision in Roe v. Wade, stating:
|“||A woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before viability has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court for more than 40 years. The United States Supreme Court has clearly determined the dispositive issue presented in this lawsuit. This court is not free to impose its own view of the law.||”|
Judge grants injunction for North Dakota abortion restrictions (2013)United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
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 Christian Science Monitor, "North Dakota abortion law struck down by judge," April 16, 2014
- NPR.org, "Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law," April 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- CNN.com, "Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions," April 17, 2014
- 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||Charles Miller • Alice Senechal •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|