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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
New Opinion: July 7
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on July 7.
Nominating committee names NWJD judge finalists
NWJD Finalists Three lawyers have been named as finalists to fill the new NWJD judge vacancies. They are Katie Barber, Daniel El-Dweek and Kirsten Sjue for Judgeship No. 6 in Williston and Barber and El-Dweek for Judgeship No. 5 in Watford City.
Court adopts amendments to interpreter rules
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to Administrative Rule 50, Rule of Civil Procedure 43, Rule of Criminal Procedure 28, and Trial Court Administrative Policy 522 related to the use interpreters in court proceedings. The amendments take effect August 1.
ABA issues ethics opinion on retention of client files
The American Bar Association has issued an ethics opinion detailing the types of papers and property, including materials in ongoing matters, that an attorney must surrender to a former client who obtains new representation.
Job Announcement
A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.

North Dakota
New Disciplinary Order: July 2
The Supreme Court posted a new disciplinary order on July 2.
Appellate practice tip of the week
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  • Meet the South Central judge applicants
    SCJD Applicants Seven lawyers have applied to become the South Central Judicial District's newest judge. The Supreme Court created the new SCJD Judgeship No. 9 to be chambered in Mandan after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. They were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers.
    Meet the Southwest judge applicants
    Five lawyers have applied to become the Southwest Judicial District's newest judge. The Supreme Court created the new SWJD Judgeship No. 4 to be chambered in Dickinson after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. They were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers.
    Traditional district court clerk practice falls to technological advances
    Beginning July 1, the iconic file stamp on district court documents will go the way of raised court seals and sealing wax. The advancement of technology has reached the point where it is no longer necessary to hand stamp a document to show when it was received or processed by a clerk of court.
    Fargo attorney says everyone is capable of making change
    Michelle Kommer Fargo Forum: "Michelle Kommer does not relish personal attention, but she will do what she can to promote the causes she believes in. The founder of the North Dakota Heart Gallery, a nonprofit devoted to raising awareness about the need for adoptive parents in North Dakota, said there is nothing extraordinary about her."
    North Dakota Oilfields: One place without enough lawyers
    Inside Energy: "Steve Fischer finished law school in Ohio in 2010 -- one of the worst years to graduate in recent memory. Less than 70 percent of law school grads who passed the bar in Ohio that year landed a job as an attorney. He finally called an old friend and asked if he was hiring."

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    Minnesota
    Minn.: State's 1st black chief judge looks back on his career
    Judge Michael Davis St. Paul Pioneer Press: "It's been 17 years, but David Edward Martin vividly remembers 'the lecture.' He was 21, facing sentencing for taking part in a string of armed jewelry-store robberies in St. Paul. In walked federal Judge Michael Davis."

    South Dakota
    S.D.: Appeals court affirms Sioux Falls broker's conviction
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit KDLT News: "A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and prison sentence of a Sioux Falls broker accused of scamming more than 100 investors for over $20 million. Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler says the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals this week affirmed all 26 felony fraud convictions and the nine-year prison sentence of 67-year-old Randal Hansen."
  • Opinion Text: United States v. Hansen

  • Montana
    Montana Supreme Court ducks decision on punitive damages cap
    News Tribune: "The Montana Supreme Court overturned a $52 million jury verdict in a breach-of-contract case, but justices did not rule on the constitutionality of the state's $10 million punitive damages cap.The court on Wednesday sent the case back to District Court in Butte for a new trial."
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Minot has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for five law clerks with the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Chief Assistant State's Attorney for McKenzie County in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Dickinson has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Disciplinary Counsel with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Contract Attorney with the Commisssion on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Stutsman County has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Legal Secretary with the Burleigh County State's Attorney in Bismarck has been posted.

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