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.
The North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy is being held June 4-8 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. As part of the academy, the students attended oral arguments with the Supreme Court. After the arguments the Court's justices met with the students, answering their questions about the case and explaining how the state's judicial system works.
A retirement open house to honor retiring State Law Librarian Ted Smith will be held from 2-4 p.m. on June 4 in the State Law Library. Smith has served the court system as librarian for more than 25 years.