July/August 2009 issue
In Memoriam: Judge Rodney S. Webb
Judge Rodney S. Webb, U.S.
District Court Judge for the
District of North Dakota, died
August 9, 2009 after a short battle
with cancer. He was 74 years old.
Rodney Scott Webb was born in Cavalier, North
Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree
from the University of North Dakota in 1957 and
his law degree from the UND School of Law in
He began his legal career in private practice at
the firm of Ringsak, Webb, Rice & Metelmann
and practiced there until 1981. During this time
he also served as State’s Attorney for Walsh
County, Special Assistant Attorney General for
North Dakota and also as a municipal judge for
the city of Grafton.
In 1981 he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the
District of North Dakota. In addition to his role
as U.S. Attorney he served on the U.S. Attorney
General’s Advisory Committee and its Indian
In 1987 he was appointed as a U.S. District Court
Judge for the District of North Dakota. He served
as chief judge for the district from 1993 to 2001.
He assumed senior status in December of 2001.
Judge Webb and his wife, Betty, established a
law professorship at the University of North
Dakota where he often appeared as a guest
lecturer. Judge Webb is survived by his wife, five
children and twelve grandchildren.
Judge Webb’s work ethic, passion for the law,
and his keen interest in even the smallest legal
issues made him a highly regarded jurist in the