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Laying down the law

Attorney Pam Dobbs runs for Houghton County Prosecutor seat

July 21, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Campaigning for an elected office is exciting, interesting, hard work, and very different from the practice of law.

"This is my first time running for an elected position," said Pam Dobbs, one of the Democratic candidates running for Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney.

Dobbs, originally from northern Illinois but having practiced in New Mexico for 25 years, decided to run for Houghton County Prosecutor.

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At left, Attorney Pamela B. Dobbs stands in front of her Houghton practice, located on Sharon Avenue. Dobbs is running for Houghton County Prosecutor.

"This election determines who will finish out the term left when Judge Frasier Strome left the position to become the Probate Judge in early 2009," Dobbs explained. "Michael Makinen was appointed to the position of prosecuting attorney by Judge Charles Goodman in March, 2009, and by state law, Makinen is required to run for election to the position in the first general election following his appointment."

Dobbs worked as a prosecutor in New Mexico for eight years, first handling drug cases, then expanding into all felony and misdemeanor cases and juvenile cases.

"I have experience supervising other attorneys and staff in small offices in New Mexico, offices similar in size to the Houghton County Prosecutor's Office. I worked as a trial attorney, but also trained new attorneys in trial work," she explained.

Dobbs also has experience in both drafting and presenting grant applications for federal funding. She has worked with victims' advocate groups and with other community-based organizations to seek alternatives to incarceration when those alternatives might better serve the victim and the community.

"One court system I worked with instituted first a juvenile drug court, then an adult drug court, in an effort to intervene with juveniles, adults, and their families to assist them in dealing with drug addiction and drug-related behavior. I worked closely with the Court in helping juveniles deal with drug problems, in an effort to keep them out of court and out of trouble.

Dobbs has also worked closely with law enforcement, being on call 24 hours a day and being available at all times to review and assist in drafting search warrants or to aid in investigations in various stages.

"You cannot have a successful prosecution without a solid relationship with the local law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers want to do a thorough job but they cannot be expected to know every aspect of the law. It is my job as prosecutor to give them the answers they need. The lines of communication must be open. Also, new cases come down from the courts constantly, and the officers need to be updated periodically on the new case law. Training is vital for these officers, and is part of the prosecutor's job," Dobbs said.

Dobbs maintains a law practice at 302 W. Sharon Ave. in Houghton, where she handles real estate transactions and issues, family law cases, criminal defense, and some estate work. She was recently elected president of the Copper Country Bar Association.

Since there is no candidate running for Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney on the Republican ballot, this race will be decided in the primary.

Dobbs urges everyone to come out and vote on Aug. 3, 2010.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by the committee to elect Pamela B. Dobbs. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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