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John Grinsteiner
State Judicial Outreach Liaison
Phone: (701)390-0299
Email: john.grinsteiner@ndsu.edu

Judge John Grinsteiner recently retired from work as a District Court Judge for the South Central Judicial District with chambers in Mandan, serving nine counties in the south central part of North Dakota. He was a proud member of both the district's juvenile and adult drug court teams, still belonging to the ND Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is now serving as North Dakota's first Judicial Outreach Liaison where he continues to work with the state's trial court judges and highway traffic safety stakeholders to improve process and outcomes, serving as an educator, community outreach advocate, consultant, and liaison, regarding impaired driving and other traffic issues in North Dakota.


  • 2021-Present, State Judicial Outreach Liaison, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2003-2021, Judicial Officer, State of North Dakota
  • 1998-2003, Attorney, Private Practice, Grinsteiner Law Office


  • J.D., Doctorate of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., History, University of North Dakota, 1995
  • A.A., General Studies, Bismarck State College, 1992
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