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journalism educator , media law consultant

Martin David Sommerness, American journalism educator, media law consultant. Bar: Arizona 1982, United States District Court, Arizona 1982. Recipient General Manager's award, East Lansing State News, 1976, Doctor honors fellowship, University Georgia, 1987; scholarship, Bureau National Affairs, 1981.


Sommerness, Martin David was born on December 17, 1954 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, United States. Son of Martin Duane and Gertrude L. (Titus) Sommerness.


Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, 1977. Master of Arts, 1979. Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, 1981.


Staff writer, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Michigan, 1972—1977. Writer, editor State News, East Lansing, 1972—1976. Senior editor Lansing Chronicle, 1976—1977.

Teaching assistant Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1977—1978. Shift supervisor Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit, 1980—1981. Attorney intern Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, Inkster, 1980—1981.

Assistant professor Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 1981—1987. Associate professor, since 1987. Administrative assistant to dean, 1984—1985.

Consultant Flagstaff Arts Festival, 1984—1985, Hopi Tribal Housing Authority, 1983, Phoenix chapter Public Realtions Society of America, 1983. Legal counsel Northern Arizona Committee against Strip Mining, 1982, Kachina Village Fire Board, Flagstaff, 1982.


  • Bar: Arizona 1982, United States District Court, Arizona 1982.



President Lutheran Campus Ministry Flagstaff, 1982—1989. Member of Arizona Humanities Council (grant co-director 1983-1984), American Judicature Society, Association Education in Journalism & Mass Communications, Western Social Science Association (coordinator 1983), Sigma Delta Chi (Mark of Excellence award 1976, chapter vice president since 1982).


Martin Duane Sommerness

Gertrude L. (Titus) Sommerness