Gerald VandeWalle

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Gerald VandeWalle
Current Court Information:
North Dakota Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $142,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Arthur A. Link
Active:   1978-2014
Past post:   First assistant attorney general
Past term:   1975-1978
Past post 2:   Special assistant attorney general
Past term 2:   1958-1975
Personal History
Born:   08/15/1933
Undergraduate:   University of North Dakota, 1955
Law School:   University of North Dakota School of Law, 1958

Gerald VandeWalle is the chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Vandewalle was appointed to the state supreme court in August 1978 by Democratic Governor Arthur A. Link. Since that appointment, VandeWalle has been elected to the high court three times, and selected chief justice by his colleagues four times. His current term ends in 2014.[1]


VandeWalle received his B.S. from the University of North Dakota in 1955 and his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1958.[2]



VandeWalle was re-elected to the court in 1984, 1994 and 2004.[1]

Awards and associations


  • 2009: Robert J. Kutak Award, American Bar Association[3]
  • 2008: Professionalism Award for the Eighth Circuit, American Inns of Court[4]


  • Past co-chair, ABA Bar Admissions Committee
  • Past chair, Federal-State Tribal Relations Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices
  • Past chair, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association
  • Past president, Conference of Chief Justices
  • Past chair, National Center for State Courts
  • Past chair, National Center for State Court's Research Advisory Council[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. VandeWalle received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.97, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 1.00 that justices received in North Dakota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

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