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Russell Fuller Freeman
Ambassador, Belize
Term of Appointment: 08/11/2001 to 04/12/2005

Russell Fuller Freeman's nomination as Ambassador to Belize was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2001, and he was sworn in on August 11, 2001.

Before entering the Department of State, Russell F. Freeman was a senior partner with Nilles, Hansen & Davies, Ltd., of Fargo, North Dakota, one of the top regional law firms, where he practiced law for over 32 years. He also served as president and director of the firm. Ambassador Freeman has represented and negotiated on behalf of a wide variety of clients in the areas of business planning, business organizations, and estate planning, including negotiating trade and commercial agreements on behalf of clients with foreign companies. He is a member of the North Dakota State Bar Association and the Cass County (North Dakota) Bar Association. He has served as director on the boards of several local corporations.

Prior to joining Nilles, Hansen & Davies, Ltd., Ambassador Freeman served in the U.S. Army for four years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he served with distinction, rising to the rank of captain before being honorably discharged with two citations for his work.

Ambassador Freeman has been very active in community volunteer activities and has served on numerous civic boards. For over 25 years, he served as a board member of Childeren's Village Family Services or its supporting foundation. Children's Village is a human services organization that provides counseling and support services to children and families in the Fargo area.

Ambassador Freeman has also served as president and vice president of the foundation. He was elected to the Fargo Board of Education for two terms and served as its president. Ambassador Freeman served as the attorney for the Fargo-Cass County Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic development in Fargo and Cass Counties.

Ambassador Freeman was born in Fargo, North Dakota on October 25, 1939, and grew up there. He earned an A.B. from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1961, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1964.


Released on September 7, 2001

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