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Friday, March 24, 2017
Today at the Court
10:00am Joint Committee on Attorney Standards
New Opinion: March 20
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on March 20.
April Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The April term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
U.S. Supreme Court March 27 arguments
United States Supreme Court building Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patent case involving venue issues and an ERISA case about church pension plans.
  • TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group
  • Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton
  • Felony suspects: Mug shots will soon be public record in SD
    KDLT News: "It's not often that the public sees a mug shot in South Dakota. Only in rare circumstances, if a criminal is a fugitive or has escaped from jail or prison, can law enforcement officials release them."
    Carlson elected chief judge of Minnesota 7th Judicial District
    Judge Jay Carlson News Release: "The Honorable Jay D. Carlson has been elected to serve as chief judge of Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District by his fellow judges in the district."
  • Jay D. Carlson Attorney Record
  • Colorado appeals court says state must protect health and environment before allowing oil and gas drilling
    Denver Post: "The Colorado Court of Appeals sided with a group of teenagers Thursday, reversing a lower court and elevating protection of public health and the environment to 'a condition that must be fulfilled' by the state before oil and gas drilling can be done."

    North Dakota
    Judge Donald L. Jorgensen 1944-2017
    Judge Jorgensen Retired District Judge Donald L. Jorgensen died March 19. He was a UND School of Law graduate and served on the bench in the Southwest and South Central Judicial Districts from 1984-2014. Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck.
  • Funeral Home
  • Judge Jorgensen Biography
  • Bismarck Tribune: Donald Jorgensen, long-serving judge, dies at 72
  • Judge Merrick honored by Jamestown schools for drug court work
    Judge Thomas Merrick Retired Southeast Judicial District Judge Thomas Merrick was honored March 20 for his service to the students of the Jamestown School District. Judge Merrick was commended in particular for his work in initiating and maintaining the Stutsman/Barnes Juvenile Drug Court.
    N.D. Court System 2016 Annual Report
    The 2016 North Dakota Court System Annual Report has been posted. The court system report provides details of activity in the Supreme Court, the district and juvenile courts and in court administration during 2016.
    Court seeks comment on SEJD vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the vacancy in Judgeship No. 1 in the Southeast Judicial District with chambers in Jamestown. Comments on whether the judgeship should be retained, moved, or eliminated are due March 24.
    Court seeks comment on proposed rule amendments
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment regarding rule amendments proposed by the Joint Procedure Committee in response to the Marsy's Law constitutional amendment, N.D. Const. Art. I, Section 25. Comments are due March 24.
    Study of juvenile court system weighed
    Bismarck Tribune: "Court officials are urging lawmakers to approve what they called a long-overdue interim study of the state's juvenile court system. The proposal follows a study conducted over the past interim on the adult correctional system."

    Federal
    U.S. Supreme Court opinions: March 21
    The United States Supreme Court has released opinions in an unlawful pretrial detention case, a case on when laches can be invoked as a defense in a patent matter, and a case on presidential appointments.
  • Manuel v. Joliet
  • SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products
  • NLRB v. SW General, Inc.
  • U.S. Supreme Court opinions: March 22
    United States Supreme Court building The United States Supreme Court has released opinions in a Chapter 11 business bankruptcy case, a case on copyright protection for cheerleader uniforms, and a case on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp.
  • Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
  • Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Dist.
  • U.S.: Rights of learning-disabled students bolstered by high court
    United States Supreme Court building Associated Press: "A unanimous Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards."
    U.S. Supreme Court March 22 arguments
    Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on international service of process and a police officer qualified immunity case.
  • Water Splash Inc. v. Menon
  • County of Los Angeles v. Mendez
  • U.S.: High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate
    Associated Press: "Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump."
    U.S.: Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings
    Associated Press: "Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his confirmation hearing - and his final day of testimony - largely unscathed by Democratic attacks."

    Minnesota
    Minn.: Moorhead judge loses lawsuit, wants to keep working after 70
    Judge Galen Vaa Fargo Forum: "On the verge of his mandatory and legally disputed retirement, Clay County District Court Judge Galen Vaa is fighting to continue his career after his next birthday."
    Minn.: Extra judges may be headed for Bloomington immigration court
    MPR News: "Officials with the U.S. Justice Department are considering reassigning judges from around the country to the immigration court in Bloomington. The Twin Cities immigration court is experiencing an extreme backlog of cases - about 5,300, which is an all-time high."

    South Dakota
    S.D.: James Valley Drug and DUI Court shows positives of life, grad says
    Mitchell Daily Republic: "After his seventh DUI, Bryan Beacom knew he reached his breaking point. But that's in his past, as Beacom, along with three others, graduated Thursday from the James Valley Drug and DUI Court."
    Attorney General releases 2016 South Dakota crime report
    KSFY News: " South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota remains a safe place to live. But a nation wide drug epidemic is impacting overall crime in the state."

    Montana
    Montana high court agrees Consumer Direct not responsible in wrongful death case
    Montana State Seal Legal News Line: "The Supreme Court of the state of Montana recently upheld a district court's ruling in a wrongful death case brought against Consumer Direct, a provider agency of a personal assistance program."
  • Opinion Text: Swanson v. Consumer Direct
  • Mont.: MSUB to honor woman who taught herself English, became lawyer
    Maria Beltran Billings Gazette: "Eighty-three-year-old Maria Elena Beltran taught herself to speak and write English and then worked her way through law school as a single parent of six children."

    Other States and Jurisdictions
    Nation: A.I. is doing legal work but it won't replace lawyers, yet
    New York Times: "Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next victim."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II with the Child Support Division of the Department of Human Services in Devils Lake has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II with the Cass County State's Attorney Office in Fargo has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a half-time Deputy Clerk of District Court I for the District Court in Rolla has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I for the District Court in Devils Lake has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I for the District Court in Williston has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I for the District Court in Watford City has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for five law clerk positions with the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.

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