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Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Thanksgiving Day - Holiday
Courthouses to be closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Most county courthouses across North Dakota will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Supreme Court and courthouses in Barnes, Burleigh, Cass, Morton, Sargent and Walsh counties will be closed Thanksgiving but open Friday, Nov. 27.
Proposed Order on Review of Guardianships
The Supreme Court is seeking comments on a proposed administrative order on the review process for guardianships. Comments are due by Dec. 28.
War crimes trials at Nuremberg: The 70th anniversary
Justice James Morris November 20 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the trials of Nazi leaders charged with war crimes, known collectively as the Nuremberg trials. North Dakota has a unique tie to the Nuremberg trials created in 1947 when North Dakota Supreme Court Justice James Morris took a leave of absence to serve as a judge in the trial of twenty-three officials of I.G. Farben Industries.
  • UND Nuremberg Trial Transcript Collection
  • BBC: Nuremberg's last surviving prosecutor
  • BBC: Making Justice at Nuremberg, 1945 - 1946
  • Court system continues work to help self-represented litigants
    The North Dakota Legal Self Help Center is now in its second year and Community Access Coordinator Catherine Palsgraaf was recently joined by paralegal Melissa Hamilton on the center staff. The center exists to help the increasing number of self-represented litigants who are using the court system.
  • North Dakota Legal Self Help Center
  • New Office of Administrative Hearings director appointed
    Timothy Dawson Bismarck Tribune: "The North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings will have its second new director in two years next month following a Tuesday appointment by the governor. Gov. Jack Dalrymple named Timothy Dawson head of the agency effective Dec. 21. Dawson is a Bismarck attorney and also a member of North Dakota Legislative Council's legal division staff."
  • Timothy Dawson Attorney Record
  • Online court filing advances in more Minnesota counties
    MinnPost: "Electronic filing and serving of court documents is now available in many more district courts in southern Minnesota, as part of the state court system's eFile/eService program. State officials plan to have the paperless process available in all state courts by the end of the year."
    Nation: When the legal job market tanked, a law student changed it
    ABA Journal: "As a law student facing a tough job market, Shahed Kader figured he had a couple of options: He could leave law school and try a new career or move ahead with his degree. But he ended up choosing a third option-change the job market."
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.

    North Dakota
    Rebecca Quanrud 1923-2015
    Rebecca Quanrud Long-time Court Reporter Rebecca Quanrud died Nov. 11. Her 21-year career with the North Dakota court system began in 1962, when she was secretary of Supreme Court Justice Ralph Erickstad. Later she was court reporter for the South Central Judicial District. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at St. George's Episcopal Memorial Church in Bismarck.
    December Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The December term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    There's a new judge in town
    James Gion Bismarck Tribune: "People around this small farming town are delighted that one of their own was named the newest judge to the Southwest District Court. But seriously? If Jim Gion walks into the Regent Garage one more time and someone says, 'Here comes da judge,' he may have to issue a fine."
    New Opinions: Nov. 6
    The Supreme Court posted two new opinions on Nov. 6.
    Court seeks comments on proposal to restrict access to recordings of court proceedings
    The Supreme Court has is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the N.D. Supreme Court Administrative Rules which would restrict access to recordings of court proceedings and establish the transcript as the official record. Comments are due Dec. 9.
    Lawyer licenses expire Dec. 31
    The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2015 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire December 31, 2015, regardless of when the 2015 license fee was paid. Lawyers should watch their mail for the 2016 billing in the coming weeks and promptly pay the fee.
    Pro hac vice fee payment reminder
    Attorneys who continue to appear in 2016 in a North Dakota proceeding for which they filed a motion for pro hac vice admission are required to pay the annual $380 pro hac vice fee by Jan. 1, 2016.
    U.S. District Court seeks comment on local rule changes
    U.S. District Court The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota has proposed revisions to two of the court's local rules related to the use of electronic devices. The proposed rules are now available for public comment.
    Finding forever homes for children
    Valley News Live: "On Saturday morning, 12 kids were officially adopted at the Cass County Courthouse for National Adoption Day. Katie and Jason Ambuehl were two of the adoptive parents. They chose to adopt after they learned they couldn't have biological children."
  • National Adoption Day Website

  • Federal
    U.S.: Roberts recalls another chief justice and reveals a little about himself
    Chief Justice John Roberts Washington Post: "When only 16 others in the past two centuries have held the job you currently fill, parallels with the past come easily. Passing judgment on the chief domestic goals of a president of the other political party? Deflecting criticism from a bellicose Congress? Defending the Supreme Court's most unpopular decisions when the public has soured on the institution?"
  • NBC Montana News: Roberts talks leadership in discussion on Supreme Court

  • Minnesota
    Hudson sworn in to Minn. Supreme Court
    KSTP News: " A new justice was sworn in to the Minnesota Supreme Court after Justice Alan Page reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 years old. Natalie Hudson, the second African American woman to serve on the state's highest court, was sworn in at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul Friday afternoon."
    Judge won't delay changes to Minnesota sex offender program
    U.S. District Court MPR News/AP: "A judge has rejected a motion by the state of Minnesota to stay his order requiring changes to the state's program for confining sex offenders after their prison sentences. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank declared the program unconstitutional in June."
    Minnesota Court of Appeals affirms Padilla's sentence in 2005 drive-by shooting
    West Central Tribune: "An appeal by Jose Armando Padilla has failed to reduce the time remaining in his prison sentence. In an unpublished opinion released Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the sentences Padilla must serve for his 2005 convictions."
  • Opinion Text: Padilla v. State

  • South Dakota
    S.D.: Task force to look at link between mental illness, crime
    S.D. Chief Justice David Gibertson KOTA News: "The fact that too many people in the criminal justice system get there because of mental illness prompted South Dakota's Supreme Court chief justice to set a task force in motion. This announcement follows the chief justice's attendance at a national conference that highlighted the impacts of mental illness in the criminal justice system."

    Montana man granted clemency after 3 decades behind bars leaves prison
    U.S. News and World Report/AP: "A Montana man who spent three decades behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit walked out of prison Friday after the governor granted his clemency request. Barry Beach, 53, told reporters gathered outside the Montana State Prison's front door that the moment was 'surreal.'"
    Mont.: Treatment Court offers drug addicts opportunity outside of jail
    Montana State Seal Bozeman Daily Chronicle: "One Gallatin County woman's drug abuse started when she was just 14 years old. No drugs were off the table. 'I did everything, really,' said the woman, who asked that she not be named for this story, before adding that heroin, methamphetamine and prescription pills accounted for a bulk of her use."

    Other States and Jurisdictions
    Federal court rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional
    MPR News/AP: "A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services."
  • Opinion Text: Planned Parenthood v. Schimel

  • Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II with the Department of Transportation in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of N.D. has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Contract Attorney for the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Williston has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II with the Department of Human Services in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.

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