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Friday, August 17, 2018
New Opinion: Aug. 3
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Aug. 3.
Chief Justice VandeWalle celebrates 85th birthday, 40 years on court
Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle celebrated his 85th birthday and 40 years of service on the Supreme Court on Aug. 15. VandeWalle was appointed to the Court in 1978 by Governor Arthur Link to fill the unexpired term of Justice Robert Vogel, who resigned. He has served longer than any other North Dakota Supreme Court justice.
  • Chief Justice VandeWalle Biography
  • DHS starts rulemaking to amend child support guidelines
    The Child Support Division of the Department of Human Services is proposing amendments to the child support guidelines. A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held Sept. 5 and the deadline for submitting written comments is Sept. 17.
  • Notice of Intent to Amend Child Support Guidelines
  • Proposed Amendments to Child Support Guidelines
  • Wrigley nominated for North Dakota U.S. Attorney
    Drew Wrigley My ND Now: "President Trump has nominated former North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota."
  • Drew Wrigley Attorney Record
  • 'We're holding them accountable'
    Dickinson Press: "A small percentage of North Dakota's youth are drifting between the state's child welfare and juvenile justice systems, often concurrently. Disproportionately these youth are minorities with histories of abuse and neglect."
    Minn.: Brown County Teen Court celebrates 20 years in action
    New Ulm Journal: "Brown County District Court Judge Robert Docherty said Teen Court nationally shows that teens who are sentenced by teens are less likely to get into trouble a second time, and more likely to pay any money they owe for damages faster than if they go through traditional court."
    Montana Supreme Court rejects industry group's request for initiative rewrite
    Montana State Seal Helena Independent Record/AP: "A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes."
  • Opinion Link: Montanans Against Tax Hikes v. State
  • Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Indigent Defense Contractor with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in the South Central Judicial District has been posted.

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    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The September Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    Domestic Violence Court begins in Grand Forks
    Justice Jensen provides background on the court The state's first Domestic Violence Court began operating in Grand Forks Aug. 15. Northeast Central Judicial District Judge Jason McCarthy presented an overview of the concept and an orientation to the operation of the court, after which the court's first session commenced.
  • Domestic Violence Court Factsheet
  • Court seeks comment on proposed specialized dockets committee rule
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment on proposed N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 60, which would establish an interdisciplinary committee on specialized dockets. Comments are due Sept. 4.
    Court adopts amendments to rule on informal complaint procedure
    The Supreme Court has issued an Order of Adoption amending N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 44 on informal complaint procedure. The amendments take effect Sept. 1.
    New Opinion: Aug. 1
    The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Aug. 1.
    UND to host collaborative law training
    The UND School of Law will host a training in collaborative negotiating, sponsored by the North Dakota Collaborative Divorce Group and the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota. The 2-day basic training will take place Sept. 7-8.
  • Training Details
  • 8th Circuit affirms attorney fee award in N.D. case
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed an attorney fees award to the State of North Dakota and other plaintiffs in a case challenging a Minnesota energy production law.
  • North Dakota v. Lange

  • Federal
    Arizona playwright tackles life of Supreme Court's Sonia Sotomayor
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor Phoenix New Times: "Playwright James Garcia still recalls the day Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, nine years later, he's premiered a play inspired by her life."
    U.S.: Appeals court upholds terrorism convictions of 3 Minnesotans
    WDIO News/AP: "A federal appeals court upheld prison sentences for three Minnesota men who were convicted in 2016 of plotting to join the Islamic State group to fight in Syria and kill for the terrorist group."
  • Opinion Link: United States v. Farah
  • U.S.: Court upholds Minnesota law letting union rep Medicaid home care workers
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Reuters: "The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Minnesota law allowing workers who provide in-home care to disabled Medicaid recipients to vote for a union to serve as their sole representative in negotiating with the state."
  • Opinion Link: Bierman v. Dayton
  • U.S. attorneys, tribal leaders seek ways to work together to reduce crime in Indian country
    Tulsa World: "The prevalence of crime in Native American communities nationwide is catching attention in Washington, prompting the U.S. Attorney General's Office to reach out to indigenous leadership to find solutions."

    Partnership brings non-criminal, legal services to Southwest Montana
    Montana Standard: "Earlier this year, Butte's Southwest Montana Community Health Center joined a partnership that helps its patients gain access to non-criminal legal services."
    Drug-sniffing dog outside an apartment isn't a 'search', MN Supreme Court rules
    MPR News: "A divided Minnesota Supreme Court [Aug. 15] overturned a Court of Appeals ruling that using a drug-sniffing dog outside a person's apartment without a warrant is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Edstrom

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