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Thursday, November 23, 2017
New Opinions: Nov. 20
The Supreme Court posted four new opinions on Nov. 20.
December Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The December Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Courthouses to close for Thanksgiving holiday
All North Dakota courthouses, including the Supreme Court, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving. Most state courthouses will also be closed Friday, Nov. 24, except for the Supreme Court and Barnes, Burleigh, Cass and Morton counties.
Pro hac vice fee payment reminder
Under Rule 3, Admission to Practice rules, if you continue to appear in 2018 in a North Dakota proceeding for which you have already filed a motion for pro hac vice admission, you are required to pay a fee of $380 by Jan. 1, 2018.
Court seeks comment on proposed conduct rule amendment
The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment seeking feedback on proposed amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2 on scope of representation and allocation of authority between client and lawyer. Comments are due Jan. 8.
Terry W. Elhard 1955-2017
Terry W. Elhard Ashley attorney Terry W. Elhard died Nov. 21. He was 61. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1982. Arrangements are pending with Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley.
  • Terry W. Elhard Attorney Record
  • Funeral Home
  • Grand Forks courts celebrate National Adoption Day
    Judge Lolita Hartl-Romanick presided over adoption finalization hearings for eight children and their adoptive parents on Nov. 18 in Grand Forks. A program was held after the hearings followed by a balloon release in front of the courthouse. Judge Hartl-Romanick was assisted during the hearings by Clerk of Court Becky Absey and Civil Clerk Supervisor III, Norma O'Halloran.
  • WDAZ News: Eight North Dakota children receive new families on National Adoption Day
  • Jan Murtha taking over as Dickinson city attorney
    Jan Murtha Dickinson Press: "Jan Murtha of Dickinson has accepted a position as the new city attorney, bringing to the job years of experience working with various municipal governments and North Dakota's Attorney General's office."
    Minnesota's Bugliosi put Charles Manson behind bars
    KSTP News: "It was a Minnesota man that helped put [Charles Manson] in jail, and assured he stayed there until his death Sunday night at the age of 83. He was Vincent Bugliosi, a Hibbing native selected to head the prosecution of Manson and his 'family.'"
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Legal Secretary with the Burleigh County State's Attorney's office in Bismarck has been posted.

    North Dakota
    G.F. bar association hosts Supreme Court
    Justices Tufte and Jensen The Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association hosted the Supreme Court for lunch on Nov. 2. The justices were in town as part of the Court's annual visit to the University of North Dakota School of Law. During the visit, Justices Jerod Tufte and Jon Jensen spoke to the bar association about their transitions from District Court bench to the Supreme Court.
    Lawyer licenses expire Dec. 31
    The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2017 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire December 31, 2017, regardless of when the 2017 license fee was paid. Lawyers should watch their mail for the 2018 billing in the coming weeks and promptly pay the fee.
    Judge Whelan investiture ceremony set for Dec. 20
    Judge Barbara L. Whelan A formal investiture ceremony for Northeast Judicial District Judge Barbara L. Whelan has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Walsh County Courthouse. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Whelan to fill the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge M. Richard Geiger.
    New Order Nov. 13
    The Supreme Court posted a new order on Nov. 13.
    Court adopts amendments to rule on advocates in protection order cases
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. Rule 34 on advocates for alleged victims in civil protection order cases. The amendments take effect Dec.1.
    FBI hate crime rate down in ND, but may be missing 7 Fargo cases
    FBI Seal Bismarck Tribune: "The FBI last week released its annual statistical report on hate crimes and, for the first time in several years, North Dakota was not among the top 10 states based on hate crimes per capita."

    Federal

    Minnesota
    Minn. appeals court: Sentence must be reduced for minister who abused girls
    WCCO News/AP: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals says the leader of an isolated religious sect who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two teenagers must be given a lesser sentence."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Barnard
  • Minn.: Court gives hope to repeat offenders
    Minnesota Great Seal Wahpeton Daily News: "Five people came one by one before Judge Charles Glasrud in Wilkin County Court last week to talk about how they're doing in their substance abuse recovery. Each was first asked how many days of sobriety they had, which was celebrated."

    South Dakota
    Fort Pierre's Randy Seiler to retire as U.S. attorney for SD
    Pierre Capital Journal: "Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre will announce Monday his retirement as U.S. attorney for South Dakota, he told the Capital Journal. A career federal prosecutor in South Dakota, Seiler, 71, has been working as U.S. attorney since March 2015."
    Did South Dakota's Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative come at cost?
    KSFY News: "Does locking kids up for committing crimes work to help change their behavior? For almost twenty years incarcerating kids was so common in South Dakota the state consistently ranked number one or two in the nation for the number of minors in custody."

    Montana

    Other Jurisdictions
    Iowa court: Kids of divorced stepparent must pay inheritance tax
    Iowa Great Seal Rochester Post Bulletin/AP: "The Iowa Supreme Court said Friday that a brother and sister who inherited a large share of their stepfather's estate when he died in 2012 must pay inheritance taxes in a case that challenged the way Iowa's tax laws treat stepchildren."
  • Opinion Link: Tyler v. Iowa Department of Revenue
  • Wyo.: Courtrooms may receive tech upgrade by FY 2023
    Gillette News Record: "Some courtrooms across the state may be seeing updates to audio, video and jury rooms in the next five years, according to a plan presented Thursday to the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Interim Committee."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Legal Secretary with the City of Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Attorney II with the Public Defender Office in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Contract Attorney with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Jamestown has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Contract Attorney with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Williston has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Temporary Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Mandan has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Assistant Attorney General with the AG's State and Local Government Division in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a City Prosecutor with the City of Fargo has been posted.

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