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Brandi Jewett, Forum News Service, Published February 14 2014

ND higher ed board member Grant Shaft has law license suspended

GRAND FORKS - A member of the State Board of Higher Education from Grand Forks has had his law license suspended for 30 days, according to the state Supreme Court.

Grant Shaft erred in having certain work done by him paid directly to him instead of to his firm, as required, and reported himself to the court’s disciplinary board.

The work in question included teaching continuing education courses, handling mediations and one situation in which Shaft represented a family member. Such work were not exempted by the firm.

Between 1986 and 2012, Shaft was a member of the firm, in which he was a 50 percent shareholder. During those years, there were 11 instances in which he received direct payment for his work, totaling about $40,000.

After he left the firm to form his own practice in 2012, he reimbursed the firm and way paid his 50 percent share. He then reported his error to the court, which ordered him to pay the $1,000 cost of disciplinary proceedings and suspended his license.

Shaft got his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1986, and was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2007. His term expires 2015.