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Saturday, January 20, 2018
New Order: Jan. 4
The Supreme Court posted a new order on Jan. 4.
Judge Haskell will not seek re-election in SCJD
Judge Bruce Haskell Judge Bruce Haskell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the South Central Judicial District. Haskell has served as a district judge since 1995.
  • Judge Haskell's Announcement Letter
  • Court seeks comment on SCJD judicial vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the judicial vacancy in the South Central Judicial District that will be created by Judge Bruce Haskell not seeking re-election. Comments are due by Feb. 5.
    Law grads in N.D., S.D. and Minn. see good opportunities, comparatively low debt
    G.F. Herald: "Between 2008 and 2011, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms 'vanished,' the New York Times reported. Unemployment among lawyers in some markets rose, applications to many law schools dropped."
    Mont.: Great Falls rapist to serve remainder of 30-year prison sentence after Supreme Court decision
    Great Fall Tribune: "The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday said a district judge was right to send a Great Falls rapist back to prison after he violated probation by having sex with juveniles and contacting youths on social media."
  • Opinion Link: Eva v. State
  • Minn.: Stras moves toward confirmation to federal court judgeship
    David Stras MPR News: "Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras is on the verge of being confirmed to a federal appeals court post after winning committee backing Thursday."
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Dickinson has been posted.

    North Dakota
    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.
    Call for Vendors for Transcription Services
    The Administrative Office of the Courts is accepting applications from persons or businesses interested in providing audio transcription services on an infrequent, as-needed basis.
    Court seeks comment on proposed changes to judicial referee rule
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment on proposed amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 13 regarding the scope of delegable duties to judicial referees. Comments are due Feb. 9.
    Court adopts amendments to procedural rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Juvenile Procedure and the Rules of Court. The amendments take effect March 1, 2018.
    Legal Services of North Dakota receives grant from Bush Foundation
    Fargo Forum: "Legal Services of North Dakota is pleased to announce it has received a $200,000 grant from the Bush Foundation. These funds, which were awarded under Bush's Community Innovation Grant Program, are for the support and development of a cross borders Medical Legal Partnership."
    Dakota Datebook: Dakota Judges
    Prairie Public: "Dakota Territory boomed in the 1880s. In ten years, the population more than quadrupled to 600,000 people. This brought a need for more services, like the courts."

    Federal
    U.S.: High court to consider whether lawyer can proclaim guilt over client's objection
    United States Supreme Court building USA Today: "Robert McCoy said he didn't kill his estranged wife's mother, stepfather and son. His lawyer, hoping to save his life, told the jury he did. Now the Supreme Court must decide if McCoy was railroaded and deserves a new trial."
    U.S. District Court seeks magistrate judge applicants
    The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota is seeking applicants for a full time magistrate judge position in Bismarck.

    Minnesota
    Minn. court: Order to unlock phone with fingerprint constitutional
    Minnesota Great Seal U.S. News/AP: "The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a judge's order requiring a man to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cellphone was constitutional and didn't violate his right against self-incrimination."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Diamond

  • South Dakota
    S.D.: Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
    South Dakota Great Seal DRG News: "The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site. The Supreme Court collection is comprised of reports of cases decided in the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota."
    S Dakota judge sends 'alienation of affection' case to trial
    Courthouse News Service: "If Russell Flaum of Illinois had any inkling of illicit romance when he met Traci Hylland of South Dakota at a tennis club in Indian Wells, California, he would've been better off legally making certain they were unfaithful in California. Or Illinois. Or almost anywhere but South Dakota."

    Montana
    Montana State Prison opens 30-bed inpatient treatment center
    Flathead Beacon: "The Montana State Prison has opened a 30-bed chemical dependency treatment program for inmates approaching their release dates."

    Other Jurisdictions
    Wyo.: Thousands visit Judicial Learning Center in first year
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle: "A new educational tool for the Wyoming judicial branch boasted more than 1,000 visitors in its first year of operation, exceeding the attendance goals organizers sought to achieve."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Contract Attorney with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in McKenzie County has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Valley City has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Staff Attorney with Legal Services of North Dakota in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at the UND School of Law in Grand Forks has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for Contract Attorneys with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in the East Central Judicial District has been posted.

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