Members Present Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair Judge David Reich Judge Steven McCullough Judge DeNae Kautzmann Acting Dean Kathryn Rand Deborah Carlson Jean Lindvig
Staff Present Lee Ann Barnhardt Kim Dockter Louie Hentzen Lana Zimmerman, scribe
Members Absent Judge Sonna Anderson Judge John McClintock
Justice Maring called the meeting to order. A motion was made by Jean Lindvig to approve the
March 20, 2009, minutes. The motion was seconded by Judge Kautzmann. Motion carried.
I. Lee Ann Barnhardt updated the Commission on the progress of the following
A. Juvenile Court Conference has been rescheduled due to flooding in Fargo. The
new dates are September 28-30, 2009.
B. Court Support Staff Conference is scheduled for June 10-11, 2009.
Gwendolyn Hawks Blue of Skill Path Seminars is the facilitator.
C. Traffic Safety Seminar is scheduled for July 16-17, 2009, at the Doublewood
Inn in Bismarck. Sponsors are: ND Supreme Court, ND Department of
Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Targeted
audience includes: District Court Judges, Municipal Court Judges, and attorneys
throughout the state.
D. Protecting Yourself in the Courtroom is scheduled for September 3, 2009, in
II. Kim Dockter reported on the new orientation programs. The Juvenile Court
Officer orientation packets are complete. The packets consist of a PowerPoint
presentation along with a corresponding binder and checklist to be returned to the
personnel files after completion. District Court Judges orientation is progressing.
The Trial Court Administrators have been consulted along with the Director of
Human Resources. The goal is to have a program ready for approval by the end of
III. Lee Ann Barnhardt reported on Magistrate training. A draft of a bench guide has
been developed for magistrates. Judge McCullough, John Grinsteiner, and Lee
Ann Barnhardt will also produce video modules to accompany the bench guide for
training the magistrates.
IV. Justice Maring gave a brief overview of how courses are approved for CJE credits
for the new members on the Judicial Branch Education Commission. If courses
are not pre-approved under A.R. 36, they are fowarded to a three-member sub-committee for consideration. The current members are Judge McCullough, Jean
Lindvig, and Judge Kautzmann.
A specific request was received earlier from Kristi Pettit, Inns of Court program
coordinator, for one hour of credit which was conducted by the Randy H. Lee Inns
of Court in Grand Forks. The request was denied by the sub-committee and
appealed to the Commission under A.R. 36. The request was tabled at the last
meeting so all materials could be provided to the entire Judicial Branch Education
Commission for consideration.
After discussion, a motion was made to approve the one hour credit for the Randy
H. Lee Inns of Court by Judge Reich and seconded by Acting Dean Rand. The
Lee Ann Barnhardt will notify Kristi Pettit of the approval of the one hour credit.
V. Justice Maring and Lee Ann Barnhardt met with Chief Justice VandeWalle,
Justice Sandstrom, and Sally Holewa concerning updating the Trial Court Bench
Book, Municipal Court Bench Book, and the Domestic Violence Bench Book. It
was determined that Judge Geiger will continue updating the Trial Court Bench
Book. The Municipal Court Bench Book will be updated by Judge Severin. No
one has been identified to update the Domestic Violence Bench Book.
Acting Dean Rand said, Robin Runge, a new assistant professor, will be joining
the clinical education program at UND Law School in July. Robin Runge could
be a resource for the Domestic Violence Bench Book. Robin Runge conducts
Domestic Violence and related training for the ABA out of Washington, D.C., and
also teaches Domestic Violence courses at the George Washington University.
I. After discussion, the topics for the November 2009 Judicial Conference were
approved by consensus. Judge Narum and Judge Herauf's course on evidence that
will focus on rulings from the bench will be conducted on day one. Day two will
consist of two tracks: One track relating to public health and another track relating
to child welfare topics. The final session will be presented by Michelle Parks
from the Tribal Judicial Institute and will relate to firearms and domestic violence
and the interaction with the tribal and state courts.
II. Future Bench and Bar Seminars - Lee Ann Barnhardt met with Bill Neumann,
Executive Director of the State Bar Association, to discuss discontinuing the
Bench and Bar Seminars. Lee Ann Barnhardt gave a brief history of the Bench
and Bar Seminars to the members of the Judicial Branch Education Commission.
A motion was made by Judge Kautzmann to discontinue the Bench and Bar
Seminar and seconded by Judge Reich. The motion was opened up for
discussion. After extended discussion, it was determined that Justice Maring, Lee Ann Barnhardt, and Chief Justice VandeWalle will schedule a meeting with
Bill Neumann to discuss future Bench and Bar Seminars.
A motion was made by Judge Kautzmann to table the motion to discontinue the
Bench and Bar Seminars until the next meeting of the Judicial Branch Education
Commission. The motion was seconded by Judge McCullough. Motion carried.
III. The next Judicial Branch Education Commission Meeting is scheduled September
18, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., in the Supreme Court Front Conference Room.
IV. For the Good of the Order - Lee Ann Barnhardt stated Faculty Development
Institute is scheduled for March 30- April 1, 2010, with Kathy Storey as the lead
A motion was made to adjourn by Judge Kautzmann and seconded by Judge
Reich. Motion carried.
Respectively Submitted, Lana Zimmerman ND Supreme Court