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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Tomorrow at the Court
9:30 am Watford City Lodging LLC v. Miskin
10:45 am Robinson v. WSI
1:30 pm Gonzales v. WSI
2:45 pm Interest of C.H.
2:45 pm Interest of J.H.
2:45 pm Interest of K.H.
2:45 pm Interest of S.H.
New Opinion: Jan. 31
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Jan. 31.
Court website update on way
New Court Website The Court will soon be releasing an updated version of its website. The website will have a more modern look and feel while retaining most of its current content. The updated site was built around the most used features of the current website and the search and sort capabilities have been updated.
UND Law wins championship at regional trial competition
UND News Release: "This past weekend, the UND Law Trial Team of Emily Christensen, Montana Funk, and Erica Skogen emerged the overall winner of the National Trial Competition for Region 12 held in Lincoln, Nebraska."
U.S.: 'Excessive fines' ban applies to states, Supreme Court says
United States Supreme Court building Associated Press: "Tyson Timbs admitted he'd sold drugs, and he accepted his sentence without a fight. What he wouldn't quietly accept was the police seizing and keeping the $40,000 Land Rover he'd had when arrested."
US Supreme Court won't take challenge to Montana campaign finance law
Montana Public Radio: "Montana's 2015 campaign finance law survived its biggest test Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take up a case challenging the state's Disclose Act."
Minn.: Appeals Court orders name change for sex offender
Minnesota Great Seal Mankato Free Press: "A patient at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program who was born a man but identifies as female should have been granted a name change, state appellate judges have decided."
  • Opinion Link: Matter of Boone
  • Wisconsin court: Judge's Facebook friendship could show bias
    Associated Press: "A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge."
  • Opinion Text: Miller v. Carroll

  • North Dakota
    Evan F. Heustis 1941-2019
    Evan F. Heustis Longtime Devils Lake attorney Evan F. Heustis died Feb. 13. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.
  • Evan F. Heustis Attorney Record
  • Funeral Home
  • February Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The February Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    Court adopts amendments to procedural rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Evidence, Court, and the Administrative Rules. The amendments take effect March 1, 2019.
    Court adopts additional amendment to N.D.R.App.P. 25
    The Supreme Court has adopted an additional amendment to N.D.R.App.P. 25 on filing and service, which it amended previously as part of its annual procedural rule amendments. The amendments take effect March 1, 2019.
    North Dakota judicial budget moves ahead without requested judgeship
    Bismarck Tribune: "North Dakota House lawmakers approved the state's judicial budget on Monday, but without a new judgeship requested for the district that includes Burleigh and Morton counties."
    Ernst to give lecture on Mayflower Compact Feb. 27
    Julia Ernst UND News Release: "Julia Ernst, School of Law, will present the next Faculty Lecture, 'The Mayflower Compact and the U.S. Constitution,' at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl."
    Study shows just how violent Bakken became as oil drilling surged in North Dakota, Montana
    Fargo Forum: "The notion that crime boomed in the Bakken as oil development took off is nothing new. But a study released this month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics offers a detailed look at the spike in Oil Patch violence."

    Federal
    U.S. Supreme Court opinions: Feb. 20
    United States Supreme Court building The United States Supreme Court has issued opinions in a case involving state taxation of federal pension benefits and in a case on whether the excessive fines clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to civil forfeitures by states.
  • Dawson v. Steager
  • Timbs v. Indiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court per curiam opinion: Feb 19
    The United States Supreme Court has issued a per curiam opinion in a death penalty case involving a prisoner's intellectual disability.
  • Moore v. Texas
  • U.S.: Justice Ginsburg appears strong in first appearance at Supreme Court this year
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg MPR News: "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - the oldest, tiniest and possibly most well-known justice - returned to her perch on the bench Tuesday, asking questions in a firm and strong voice."

    Minnesota
    Minn.: How do they decide who serves jury duty?
    CBS Minnesota News: "Last year, the state of Minnesota issued 190,000 summons for jury duty, which is about 4 percent of Minnesotans 18 or older. So, how does a person get called for jury duty? Good Question."
    Pamela Alexander, first black woman judge in MN, sees gaps and opportunities
    MPR News: "Retired Hennepin County Judge Pamela Alexander, 66, is a fourth-generation Minnesotan and the first black female judge in Minnesota. Her interest in law was sparked at a young age when she witnessed the rape of her best friend and testified in court."

    South Dakota
    S.D.: Lawyers giving free legal advice to veterans this week
    KSFY News: "The State Bar of South Dakota and the USD School of Law are teaming up this week to host a two-day legal clinic for veterans. The event will be held at the American Legion in Watertown on Thursday and at the Sioux Falls Disabled American Veterans on Friday."

    Montana

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    A job announcement for a Legal Assistant I with the Burleigh County State's Attorney in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney with the Williams County State's Attorney's Office in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Barnes County in Valley City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Senior Assistant State's Attorney for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal and Regulatory Division of the Attorney General's Office in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II (with underfill) for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Contract Administrative Law Judge with the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator with the Juvenile Court in Grand Forks has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Case Aide for the Juvenile Court at multiple locations in N.D. has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Term Law Clerk with the United States Magistrate Judge in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.

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