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Monday, December 11, 2017
Tomorrow at the Court
9:00 am Guthmiller v. N.D. Dep't of Transportation
10:00 am Sauter v. Miller
11:00 am Melendez v. Horning III
1:30 pm State v. Evans
2:45 pm Campbell v. Thompson
New Opinion: Dec. 11
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Dec. 11.
Court adopts amendments to summary disposition rule
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to Rule of Appellate Procedure 35.1 on summary disposition. The amendments take effect March 1, 2018.
Bottineau County Courthouse to close Dec. 13 for memorial service
The Bottineau County Courthouse will be closing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, for the memorial service of Sarah Benson Cheshire. The memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Christian Center at Lake Metigoshe.
Glen G. Gense 1926-2017
Longtime Minot attorney Glen G. Gense, 90, died Nov. 26. He was a 1951 UND School of Law graduate and served in the Air Force as a lawyer. After retiring from the military, he worked in the Ward County State's Attorney's Ofiice.
  • Glen G. Gense Attorney Record
  • U.S.: Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
    United States Supreme Court building L.A. Times: "The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage."
    U.S. court: 'Making a Murderer' defendant's confession stands
    ABC Fox Montana News/AP: "A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the 'Making a Murderer' series from prison."
  • Opinion Link: Dassey v. Dittmann

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    December Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The December Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    New Order: Dec. 4
    The Supreme Court posted a new order on Dec. 4.
    SBAND program explores judicial appointment process
    In November, members of SBAND's Women Lawyers Section attended a new program focused on the judiciary - Judicial Service: A Guide to Judicial Application, Selection, and Appointment.
    Judge Whelan investiture ceremony set for Dec. 20
    Judge Barbara L. Whelan A formal investiture ceremony for Northeast Judicial District Judge Barbara L. Whelan has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Walsh County Courthouse. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Whelan to fill the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge M. Richard Geiger.
    Court seeks comment on proposed conduct rule amendment
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment seeking feedback on proposed amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2 on scope of representation and allocation of authority between client and lawyer. Comments are due Jan. 8.
    Court seeks comment on new guardian qualification, training rule
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment seeking feedback on a proposed new administrative rule on qualifications and training requirements for guardians. Comments are due Jan. 15, 2018.
    Lawyer licenses expire Dec. 31
    The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2017 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire December 31, 2017, regardless of when the 2017 license fee was paid. Lawyers should watch their mail for the 2018 billing in the coming weeks and promptly pay the fee.
    Pro hac vice fee payment reminder
    Under Rule 3, Admission to Practice rules, if you continue to appear in 2018 in a North Dakota proceeding for which you have already filed a motion for pro hac vice admission, you are required to pay a fee of $380 by Jan. 1, 2018.
    Court amends rule governing Tribal and State Court Affairs committee
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 37 on the Committee on Tribal and State Court Affairs. The amendents relate to the membership of the committee and take effect Jan. 1, 2018.
    Court amends rules for Juvenile Policy Board, lay guardians ad litem
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 35 on the Juvenile Policy Board and N.D.R.Juv.P. 17 on juvenile court lay guardians ad litem.The amendents take effect Jan. 1, 2018.
    N.D. Attorney General opinion: Dec. 8
    N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that the Compassionate Care Act retains initiated measure status and any amendments within seven years would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislative Assembly.
    House of Stark: County courthouse nears completion
    Dickinson Press: "In just a few weeks, residents of Dickinson and Stark County may not only be ringing in the new year with parties and hopeful resolutions, but also a completed county courthouse."

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    May judges search the internet for facts? ABA ethics opinion sees problems
    ABA Journal: "Judges can conduct legal research online for cases not cited by the parties, but using the internet to find facts concerning the parties or subject matter poses ethical problems, according to an ABA ethics opinion."
  • ABA Formal Opinion 478
  • Supreme Court of Canada chief justice hears final case
    Justice Beverley McLachlin CBC News: "Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin fought back tears Thursday as she said goodbye after serving nearly three decades on the country's highest court."

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