Denomination: Roman Catholic
Gerald Wayne VandeWalle, state supreme court chief justice. Bar: North Dakota, United States District Court North Dakota 1959. Recipient Sioux award, University North Dakota, 1992, Educational Law award, North Dakota Council School Attorneys, 1987, Love Without Fear award, Abused Adult Resource Center, 1995, North Dakota State Bar Associate District Service award, 1998.
Special assistant attorney general State of North Dakota, Bismarck, 1958-1975, 1st assistant attorney general, 1975-1978. Justice North Dakota Supreme Court, 1978-1992, chief justice, since 1993. Member faculty Bismarck Junior College, 1972-1976.
Member National Center State Courts Research advisory council. Member federal-state jurisdiction committee Judicial Conference of United States.
Active Bismarck Meals on Wheels. Member American Bar Association (co-chairman bar admissions committee 1991-1999, member council section legal education and admissions, chairman council section legal education and admissions), State Bar Association North Dakota, Burleigh County Bar Association, Conference of Chief Justices (past president, board directors 1996-1998, chairman federal-state tribal relations committee), American Contract Bridge League, Order of Coif, North Dakota Judicial Conference (executive committee), Elks, Knights of Columbus, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi (Outstanding Alumnus award Zeta chapter 1995), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Alpha Delta.