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Friday, October 24, 2014
Kirsten Dauphinais appointed director of bar passage and academic success
Professor Kirsten Dauphinais UND News Release: "Professor Kirsten Dauphinais is the new director of bar passage and academic success at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Her appointment to this new role is part of a number of new academic support initiatives at the law school designed to help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice."
November Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The November term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Richard D. Farroh 1953-2014
Richard D. Farroh Grand Forks attorney Richard D. Farroh, 61, died Oct. 21. He was a University of North Dakota School of Law graduate and was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1994. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Wesley United Methodist Church of Grand Forks.
  • Richard D. Farroh Attorney Record
  • U.S.: Supreme Court becomes night court in October of oddities
    United States Supreme Court building Bloomberg: "It's been a weird month at the U.S. Supreme Court. The oldest justice pulls an all-nighter. Another accidentally stops gay weddings in Nevada. And the court makes its mark on same-sex marriage, abortion and the November election without offering any explanation."
  • Reuters: Millions view talking dogs online spoof of U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S.: As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age
    ABA Journal: "The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend. In 1980, 36 percent of the nation's licensed lawyers were under age 35, compared to just 13 percent in this age group in 2005."
  • ABA Journal: Law schools dominate list of grad schools with highest-earning alumni
  • Attorney donates $1 million to USD law school
    Orrin Estebo Sioux Fall Argus Leader: "Minnesota attorney Orrin Estebo has donated another $1 million to the University of South Dakota Foundation to support USD's law school. The Redwood Falls attorney and 1971 law school graduate is committed the money to establish the Orrin S. Estebo Law Scholars Fund."
    Michigan Supreme Court rejects motion to reconsider 'juvenile lifers' ruling
    MLIVE News: "The Michigan Supreme Court this week denied a motion to reconsider its July 8 ruling that denied resentencing hearings for inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as minors."

    North Dakota
    Ray David 1925-2014
    Ray David Longtime Dickinson-area State Senator Ray David, 88, died Sept. 30. A private family memorial service will be held a later date. Bismarck Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
  • Bismarck Funeral Home
  • Jury Standards Committee Oct. 24 agenda
    The agenda for the Oct. 24 meeting of the Jury Standards Committee and the committee's Aug. 22 minutes have been posted.
    Judge Tufte starts work, investiture set for Oct. 31
    Jerod Tufte New Southeast District Judge Jerod Tufte started work Sept. 19. His formal investiture ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Barnes County Courthouse in Valley City. Tufte was appointed July 11 to fill the vacancy created by Judge John Paulson's retirement.
  • Judge Tufte Biography
  • Appellate practice tip of the week
    Drop the hyperbole!!!
  • Other appellate practice tips
  • Court sets hearing on petition to amend procedural rules, seeks comment
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Hearing and Comment on the Joint Procedure's Committee's annual Petition to Amend Court Rules. The committee proposes amendment of N.D.R.Civ.P. 3 and 26; N.D.R.Crim.P. 43; N.D.R.Ct. 10.1 and 11.2; and N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R 13, 41, and 52. Comments are due Oct. 30.
    LSND Fall 2014 newsletter now available
    The Fall 2014 edition of the Legal Services of North Dakota newsletter has been posted.
    Judgeships retained at Grand Forks
    The Supreme Court has ordered two judgeships retained at Grand Forks. The action follows the death of Judge Karen Braaten and the impending retirement of Judge Sonja Clapp. The positions will be filled by apppointment.
    UND Law Women's Caucus announces Helen Hamilton Day theme
    Helen Hamilton Each year, the UND Law Women's Caucus hosts Helen Hamilton Day in honor of the first female graduate from the School of Law. The theme for 2015 is the Modern Family. The event will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and has been approved for three North Dakota CLE credits.
    N.D. 125: The Final Days
    North Dakota 125th Anniversary logo Prairie Public: "On October 16th, Territorial Governor Mellette and Secretary Richardson met in Bismarck and canvassed the election results. Completed on the 17th, they made the arrangements to provide a certified copy of the vote along with a certified copy of the North Dakota State Constitution to President Benjamin Harrison. It was hoped that the Presidential Proclamation could be issued as early as October 20th."
  • G.F. Herald: N.D. avoids being 'butt of national ridicule'
  • Historic Slope County Courthouse dismantled
    Slope County Courthouse Dickinson Press: "Court is not in session, and there definitely is no order. On Tuesday, 10 men, two excavators and a bulldozer began the final stage of the demolition of the Slope County Courthouse, the historic structure that has come to define the city of Amidon."
  • The August 2014 photos: Rural courthouses see improvements
  • North Dakota Attorney General says more staff needed to fight human trafficking
    N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem KX News: "North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says there are more human trafficking cases in the state than law enforcement is able to effectively deal with right now. And he says more staff is needed to combat the issue."
    Burleigh lets architect prepare jail construction documents for bid
    Bismarck Tribune: "In a 3-0 vote, a skeletal Burleigh County Commission Monday decided to allow the architect firms it hired to start construction documents for a combined county jail. Sheriff Pat Heinert said the project could be advertised for bid by mid to late December with commission approval. The jail project could be awarded to a contractor by early March."

    Federal
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits San Jose State
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor San Jose Mercury News: "For San Jose State University social science professor Maria Luisa Alaniz, the idea of luring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to a campus visit started with a whimsical remark during a dinner last February. But on Monday, that dinner table wish, conveyed to her husband, San Francisco U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, and documentary filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, became a reality."
    8th Circuit decides N.D. case
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Citcuit has affirmed the entry of a guilty plea in a North Dakota methamphetamine distribution case.
  • United States v. Thompson
  • U.S.: Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit
    CBS Minnesota News/AP: "A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties."
  • Opinion Text: Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc.
  • Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains should not be moved: U.S. Court
    New York Times/Reuters: "Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma."
  • Opinion Text: Thorpe v. Borough of Jim Thorpe

  • Minnesota
    Minnesota law enforcement leaders say youth programs can keep juveniles out of trouble
    Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Statewide law enforcement groups in Minnesota say they support community-based youth programs as a way to keep young people out of trouble. A 2012 report from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs shows that 90 percent of youth involved in intervention programs do not receive tickets, citations or new delinquency charges while receiving programming."
    MN Supreme Court: No jail for rapist was inappropriate
    MPR News: "In a decision a justice calls 'rare', the Minnesota Supreme Court [Oct. 22] overruled a lower court in Crookston that had let a man convicted of rape avoid prison. Jose Soto, with help from another man, raped a woman at a party in East Grand Forks in May 2012 in a sexual assault that lasted for more than two hours."
  • Opinion Text: State v. Soto
  • Minn.: Allegations of child slavery linger for Cargill
    MPR News: "Minnetonka-based Cargill is asking a federal court to overrule a court decision that links the firm to child slavery on cocoa farms overseas. Cargill was among the defendants in a 2010 lawsuit from three men who said they were abducted as children and forced to work on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, where much of the cocoa bought by Cargill is produced."
  • Opinion Text: Doe v. Nestle

  • South Dakota

    Montana
    Mont.: Judge to hear plea deal in Oil Patch killing
    ABC News/AP: "A Montana judge will consider a plea agreement Wednesday that calls for a Colorado man to plead guilty to killing a high school teacher and burying her in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil patch. The disappearance of Sherry Arnold when she went out for a jog in January 2012 shook this town of 6,200 near the North Dakota border."
    Gallatin County judge elected president of Montana Judges' Association
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle: "Gallatin County District Judge Mike Salvagni has been elected president of the Montana Judges' Association. Salvagni was elected in a vote at the organization's annual meeting in Miles City on Oct. 8."

    Other States and Jurisdictions
    U.S.: States, privacy advocates battle over phone 'kill switch'
    USA Today: "A handful of states are pursuing legislation to require cellphone manufacturers to equip their devices with 'kill switch' technology that would allow the phone to be remotely shut down and wiped of its information if it is stolen."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Staff Attorney with the Legal Services of North Dakota in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for two Term Law Clerks with the U.S. District Court in Fargo has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Legal Secretary with the McKenzie County State's Attorney in Watford City has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Temporary Quality Assurance Specialist with the Office of the State Court Administrator in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Public Defender with the ND Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Watford City has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Appellate Contractor with the ND Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Clerk of District Court I in Rolla has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    The Department of Human Services has posted a job announcement for an Attorney I at the Devils Lake Regional Child Support Unit.

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