A former two-term elected Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of North Dakota, Sarah Vogel is an attorney whose practice has focused on agricultural law and work for Native Americans. She has been an attorney on the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action litigation since it was filed in 1999. In 2010 and 2011, her practice focused almost exclusively on the Keepseagle case. She was part of the legal team that negotiated the settlement agreement including the programmatic relief portions of the settlement, and accordingly is familiar with the goals and purposes of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching. Vogel has worked with many individual Native Americans and Native American organizations and governments, including the Standing Rock Grazing Association, the Fort Berthold Grazing Association, Sioux Manufacturing Corporation (general counsel and ethics officer), and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (general counsel; election lawyer).
Professional Degrees and Prior Work Experience
Vogel is a graduate of New York University School of Law, (J.D., 1970) and the University of North Dakota (B.A., 1967). In the 1970s, she practiced consumer protection law at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs; Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.; Chesebrough Ponds, Inc.; the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection Division, where she was Program Manager of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Program; and the Department of Treasury, where she was the Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs to Secretary of the Treasury G. William Miller. She returned to North Dakota in 1981. She practiced law as a solo practitioner and with the Robert Vogel Law Firm from 1981 to 1985. From 1985 to 1988, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota specializing on farm crisis issues from 1985 to 1988. In 1988 she ran for and was elected to the position of North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture (the first woman in U.S. history to win such a post). She served two four-year terms (1989-1992/ 1992-1996). She did not run for re-election, opting to return to private practice of law. From 1997 to 2004, she was in private practice of law with Wheeler Wolf, a Bismarck, North Dakota law firm. In 2005 with two partners she formed the Sarah Vogel Law Firm, later renamed Sarah Vogel Law Partners practicing there until mid-2011. She then became “of counsel” to the firm she had co-founded (now called Baumstark Braaten Law Partners, P.C.).