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Monday, September 26, 2016
New Opinion: Sept. 26
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Sept. 26.
Appellate practice tip of the week
Omitting key facts destroys your credibility when the other side points them out.
  • Other appellate practice tips
  • Nominating committee names NEC judge finalists
    NEC Finalists Four lawyers have been named as finalists to fill the Northeast Central Judicial District judgeship vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Debbie G. Kleven. The finalists named by the Judicial Nominating Committee are Jay Knudson, Jason McCarthy, Theodore Sandberg and Nancy Yon.
    42 new attorneys admitted to North Dakota bar
    New attorneys take the oath As Justice Dale Sandstrom administered the oath, 42 lawyers were admitted to the North Dakota Bar Sept. 23. Speakers at the admission ceremony included State Board of Law Examiners President Lawrence King, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, U.N.D. School of Law Professor Kirsten Dauphinais, and State Bar Association President Charles DeMakis.
  • 2016 Admission Ceremony Photos
  • Personnel Policy Board Sept. 30 agenda
    The agenda for the Sept. 30 meeting of the Personnel Policy Board and the board's July 1 minutes have been posted.
    Mont.: High court hears major water rights case in Great Falls
    Great Falls Tribune: "The Montana Supreme heard a major water rights case Friday in Great Falls pitting ranchers against the Bureau of Land Management. The outcome carries statewide implications."
    S.D.: Court for defendants with mental illness to be piloted
    S.D. Chief Justice David Gibertson Sioux City Journal/AP: "Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is requesting funding for a specialized court that would allow defendants to agree to undergo mental health treatment in exchange for a possible dismissal of charges."

    North Dakota
    Joint Procedure Committee Sept. 29-30 agenda
    The agenda for the Sept. 29-30 meeting of the Joint Procedure Committee and the committee's May 12-13 minutes have been posted.
    Courthouse Criminal Law Basics CLE in Bismarck
    The South Central Judicial District will offer a free continuing legal education program in October geared to attorneys practicing criminal law. The program is titled "Courtroom Criminal Basics" and two-hour sessions will be held beginning at 4 p.m. on October 4, 11, 18, and 25 at the Burleigh County Courthouse.
    October Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The October term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    Pattern Jury Instruction Commission Oct. 6-7 agenda
    The agenda for the Oct. 6-7 meeting of the Pattern Jury Instruction Commission and the commission's June 15 minutes have been posted.
    Judicial Education Commission Oct. 7 agenda
    The agenda for the Oct. 7 meeting of the Judicial Education Commission and the commission's June 10 minutes have been posted.
    Bismarck small claims court program set for Oct. 5
    Judicial Referee Pam Nesvig will present a one-hour program to provide information to parties who plan to participate in small claims court. The program will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Burleigh County Courthouse, Bismarck. No registration is required.
    Court adopts amendments to court recordings rules
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 40 and 41 related to access to audio recordings of district court proceedings. The amendments take effect Oct. 1.
    Court adopts amendments to rules on defendant's presence
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D.R.Crim.P. 10 and 43 relating to the defendant's presence at the preliminary hearing and arraignment. The Court also made changes to the criminal procedure forms. The amendments take effect Oct. 1.
    Court sets hearing, seeks comment on proposed procedural rule amendments
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Hearing and Comment on proposed changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Court, and the administrative rules. Comments are due and the hearing is set for Oct. 12.
    Court adopts amendments to admission to practice, professional conduct rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Admission to Practice Rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct that are intended to enhance the admission to practice process. The amendments take effect Oct. 1.
    Court seeks comment on NWJD judicial vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the vacancy in Judgeship No. 2 in the Northwest Judicial District that will be created by the retirement of Judge David Nelson. Comments are due October 3.
    Court adopts new military spouse lawyer certification rule
    The Supreme Court has approved a new Rule 3.3 of the North Dakota Admission to Practice Rules on military spouse lawyer certification. The new rule takes effect Oct. 1.
    Court adopts rule amendments on practice by foreign lawyers
    The Supreme Court has approved amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5 and Admission to Practice Rule 3 on practice by foreign lawyers. The rule amendments take effect Oct. 1.
    N.D. Attorney General opinions: Sept. 23
    N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued opinions that the City of Williston did not violate the open meetings laws when the mayor decided to give a grace period on ordinance amendments affecting adult entertainment establishments; the City of Cooperstown did not violate the law when it assessed a charge for locating and copying records responsive to an original request; and the City of South Heart properly posted notice for a rescheduled meeting.
  • A.G. Opinion 2016-O-19
  • A.G. Opinion 2016-O-20
  • A.G. Opinion 2016-O-21

  • Federal
    U.S. District Court seeks comment on proposed rule change
    The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota is seeking comments on a proposed local rule change related to implementation of the Court Registry Investment System. Comments are due Oct. 1.


    South Dakota
    S.D.: Rapid City man loses appeal on child porn conviction
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Rapid City Journal: "The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a Rapid City man who in July was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for producing child pornography."


    Other States and Jurisdictions
    Nation: Opening a window on closed data
    ABA Journal: "Sarah Glassmeyer has spent the past year as a research fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, studying how government publishes law. And how little is available to the taxpayers who finance it."
    Anonymous online critics can't be easily unmasked, Kentucky Supreme Court rules
    Lexington Herald Leader: "Anonymous critics on the internet can't be unmasked by a defamation lawsuit unless the plaintiff proves with evidence that what they said was false, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in a significant First Amendment decision released Thursday."
  • Opinion Text: John Doe v. Coleman

  • Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for State's Attorney of McKenzie County in Watford City has been posted.

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