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Saturday, February 24, 2018
New Opinions: Feb. 22
The Supreme Court posted 25 new opinions on Feb. 22.
Pattern Jury Commission March 1 agenda
The agenda for the March 1 meeting of the Pattern Jury Instruction Commission and the commission's October 2017 minutes and jury instruction drafts have been posted.
  • October 2017 meeting minutes
  • October 2017 jury instruction drafts
  • New issue of N.D. Law Review now online
    The North Dakota Law Review recently published Volume 93, Issue 1. The online version of this issue is now available on the UND School of Law's website.
    8th Circuit issues opinion in N.D. case
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has vacated the district court's denial of relief in a case in which the defendant challenged the validity of a conviction.
  • Silk v. United States
  • U.S.: Supreme Court gets moving, issuing as many decisions in one day as it has in 5 months
    United States Supreme Court building Wyoming Public Media: "The U.S. Supreme Court began churning out opinions Wednesday, producing four decisions - as many as the justices have produced over the past 4 1/2 months combined."
    U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 26 arguments
    Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in an antitrust case involving credit card choice and in a case on public sector union fee arrangements.
  • Ohio v. American Express Co.
  • Janus v. AFSCME
  • South Dakota Supreme Court: Police need warrant for urine samples
    South Dakota Great Seal Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "South Dakota's Supreme Court ruled this week that police need a search warrant to get a urine sample from an arrestee, at the same time ruling in favor of a man charged with ingestion after a 2015 search warrantless urine test."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Lar
  • Minn.: Drug court approved on White Earth Indian reservation
    MPR News: "After more than a year of planning, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has approved a new drug court on the White Earth Indian reservation.Tribal and county officials hope the program will help ease longstanding drug problems in the area."
  • Duluth News Tribune: Veterans court earns approval in Duluth

  • North Dakota
    Justice Maring to receive Sioux Award from UND
    Jusitce Mary Muehlen Maring Retired Supreme Court Justice Mary Muehlen Maring has been named one of the recipients of the University of North Dakota's 2018 Sioux Award for distinguished alumni.
  • Justice Maring Biography
  • UND News Release
  • Amendments end 'three day rule' for electronic documents
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has approved rule amendments that will take effect March 1. Attorneys should pay particular attention to amendments to N.D.R.Civ.P. 6 that eliminate the 'three day rule' for documents filed and served electronically. Similar amendments were made to N.D.R.Crim.P. 45 and N.D.R.App.P. 26.
  • Synopsis of Procedural Rule Amendments Effective March 1
  • New Order Feb. 14
    The Supreme Court posted a new order on Feb. 14.
    Judgeship retained at Bismarck
    The Supreme Court ordered the judgeship vacancy created by Bruce B. Haskell's announcement he will not seek reelection be filled by election. Judge Haskell's term expires Dec. 31.
    February Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The February Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    Court adopts administrative rule on guardians
    The Supreme Court has adopted N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 59 regarding qualifications and training requirements of guardians. The rule takes effect March 1, 2018.
    Court adopts amendments to Administrative Rule 13
    The Supreme Court amended North Dakota Supreme Court Administrative Rule 13 regarding the scope of delegable duties to judicial referees. The amendments are effective March 1, 2018.
    Judge Knudson investiture set for Feb. 26
    Jay D. Knudson A formal investiture ceremony for Northeast Central Judicial District Judge Jay D. Knudson has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Grand Forks County Courthouse. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Knudson to fill the judicial vacancy created by the appointment of Justice Jon J. Jensen to the Supreme Court.
    Judge Stiel investiture set for March 5
    Stephannie N. Stiel A formal investiture ceremony for East Central Judicial District Judge Stephannie N. Stiel has been scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 5 at the Cass County Courthouse. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Stiel to fill the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Norman Anderson.
  • Judge Stiel Biography
  • Judge Erickson investiture set for March 9
    Judge Ralph Erickson The formal investiture ceremony for new Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Erickson will be held March 9 at the Sanctuary Event Center in Fargo. A Red Mass celebrating the event will be held March 8.
  • Investiture Invitation
  • Red Mass Invitation
  • DOCR posts quarterly newsletter
    The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has posted the latest copy of its quarterly newsletter.
    Dakota Datebook: Divide County Courthouse
    Divide County Courthouse Prairie Public: "In February of 1918, residents of Crosby had a lot to celebrate; they were dedicating the new Divide County Courthouse. The building was given its formal housewarming on this date."
    N.D. Attorney General opinion: Feb. 16
    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that a city's remedial steps were sufficient to remedy a meeting notice violation.
  • A.G. Opinion 2018-O-04
  • New endowments at UND Law strengthen school, benefit students
    UND News Release: "When David Stowman, former chair of the Minnesota Board of Public Defense, visited with younger lawyers, he became increasingly aware of how difficult it is to recruit new public defense attorneys."

    Federal
    U.S. Supreme Court opinions: Feb 21
    United States Supreme Court building The United States Supreme Court has issued opinions on apportionment of attorney fees in civil rights cases, on the enforceability of judgments under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and on workplace protections for whistleblowers.
  • Murphy v. Smith
  • Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Digital Realty Trust v. Somers
  • U.S. Supreme Court criminal opinion: Feb 21
    The United States Supreme Court has issued an opinion on whether a defendant who pleaded guilty can challenge the constitutionality of the statute under which the defendant was charged.
  • Class v. United States
  • U.S.: The 3 Supreme Court cases you should be watching closely this month
    PBS News Hour: "The U.S. Supreme Court comes back from its winter break this week and plunges into a second half of the term as big as the first."
    U.S.: Judiciary workplace conduct group seeks law clerk, employee input
    U.S. Courts: "A new mailbox on uscourts.gov is available for current and former federal judiciary law clerks and all other employees to submit comments relating to the federal judiciary's policies and procedures for protecting all employees from inappropriate workplace conduct."

    Minnesota
    Minn.: Court of Appeals reverses district court's decision on heroin death case
    Minnesota Great Seal Brainerd Dispatch: "A third-degree murder charge was returned to district court against a Little Falls man who allegedly was involved in the overdose death of 22-year-old Little Falls resident Travis James Scherping."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Whitford

  • South Dakota

    Montana
    Child rape case from 1987 will be heard by Montana Supreme Court
    Billings Gazette: "Attorneys in a decades-old child rape case revived by DNA evidence will present oral arguments before the Montana Supreme Court in April."

    Other Jurisdictions

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Victim/Witness Coordinator with the Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Temporary Attorney (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Fargo has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Appellate Contractor with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has been posted.

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