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 1959.

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 Affairs Subcommittee.

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 legal community.