Chair M. Richard Geiger called the business meeting of the Judicial Conference to order at 9:00 a.m.
on November 22, 2010. Sally Holewa, State Court Administrator, called the roll:
Judges of Supreme Court
Gerald W. VandeWalle Dale V. Sandstrom Mary Muehlen Maring Carol Ronning Kapsner Daniel J. Crothers
Judges of District Court
Donovan Foughty Lee A. Christofferson Laurie A. Fontaine M. Richard Geiger John C. McClintock, Jr. Michael G. Sturdevant William W. McLees Todd Cresap Gary H. Lee Douglas L. Mattson David W. Nelson Gerald H. Rustad Sonja Clapp Karen K. Braaten Joel D. Medd Debbie Gordon Kleven Douglas R. Herman John C. Irby Steven L. Marquart Lisa K. Fair McEvers Wade L. Webb John T. Paulson John E. Greenwood Thomas E. Merrick Daniel D. Narum Gail Hagerty Sonna M. Anderson Donald L. Jorgensen David E. Reich Bruce Romanick Thomas J. Schneider Robert O. Wefald William A. Herauf Zane Anderson H. Patrick Weir
Judges of Municipal Court
Robert A. Keogh DeNae C.H. Kautzmann
Bruce E. Bohlman Ronald E. Goodman William F. Hodny Everett Nels Olson Allan L. Schmalenberger Kirk Smith
Wayne K. Stenehjem
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Members of the Bar
Michael F. Daley
A quorum was declared and the business meeting proceeded.
Chair Geiger read Memorial Resolutions in honor of Judge Bert L. Wilson, Judge Adam Gefreh,
Judge James M. Bekken, and Judge Lester S. Ketterling. After a moment of silence in
remembrance of the deceased, Chair Geiger moved that the Judicial Conference adopt the
Resolutions. The motion carried and the Resolutions were adopted.
Chair Geiger then called on Judge Sonna Anderson, who chairs the Standing Committee on
Legislation, to deliver a Committee report. Judge Anderson reported that the Judicial Conference
has no legislative proposals for the coming session. Chief Justice VandeWalle reported that the
Court will be submitting three pieces of legislation. The first is to extend the Court of Appeals
for another four years, the second is to provide immunity for lay guardians ad litem, and the third
is to extend indigent defense services to those defendants who are not indigent but who lack the
competency to represent themselves and who refuse to hire counsel. Judge Wefald reported that
in conversations with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Mr. Stenehjem has indicated that his
office will be bringing forward an amendment that would extend the definition of sexually
dangerous offender to those who commit incest.
Following the report on legislation, a motion was made and seconded that the minutes of the
June 17, 2010 meeting be approved. The motion carried and the minutes were approved.
Chair Geiger called for any additional business to come before the conference. There being no
further business of the conference, he called upon Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to deliver
a short report on the issue of illegal use of prescription drugs in North Dakota. Mr. Stenehjem
informed the conference that due to the increased illegal use of prescription drugs, the legislature
had passed three pieces of legislation last year to address some of the issues. The first is the
state’s version of “Justin’s Law” which requires a doctor to physically meet with a patient before
issuing a prescription for narcotics. The second is the creation of an electronic prescription drug
monitoring program that tracks all prescriptions for narcotics that are written and filled within the
state. The third is the creation of the prescription drug take-back program that allows citizens to
drop off unused pills at specified sites.
Following Mr. Stenehjem’s presentation, Judge Wefald moved the conference adjourn. The
motion carried and the meeting was ended at 9:45 a.m.
Sally Holewa State Court Administrator Executive Secretary to the Judicial Conference