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Delegation represents N.D. at human trafficking summit
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:36:31 CDT
Justice Lisa Fair McEvers, Judge Robin Schmidt, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and State Court Administrator Sally Holewa are in New York City representing North Dakota at the National Summit on Human Trafficking and the State Courts. The summit is intended to raise awareness about human trafficking and the important role state courts can play in combating it.
- Human Trafficking Summit Website

U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 13 arguments
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:01:29 CDT
Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the Court's decision that the Eighth Amendment prohibits mandatory life sentences for juveniles applies retroactively and a case on whether a state's death sentencing scheme can be considered constitutional if it does not require jury unanimity.
- Montgomery v. Louisiana
- Hurst v. Florida

U.S.: Ninth Circuit chucks bid to recuse entire court
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:00:57 CDT
Courthouse News Service: "Two Montana federal judges named as defendants in a pro se complaint claiming a vast government conspiracy do not have to recuse themselves from the case, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday. Ron Glick, who was convicted in 2005 in Montana state court for sexually assaulting his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter, filed a host of civil suits after his 2009 release."
- Opinion Text: Glick v. Edwards

U.S.: Appeals court rules for heirs of Santa Claus song composer
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:34:51 CDT
Associated Press: "You'd better watch out: 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town' is comin' back into the hands of the heirs of a songwriter who composed it. Rejecting a lower-court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday ruled for a daughter and grandchildren of John Frederick Coots."
- Opinion Text: Baldwin v. EMI

Minnesota Supreme Court finds lively audience at Denfeld
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:39:52 CDT
Duluth News Tribune: "After grilling attorneys in a worker's compensation case Thursday at Duluth Denfeld High School, the six justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court faced their own fair share of tough questions from an audience of nearly 1,500 area students."
- Northland News: Minnesota Supreme Court Justices meet and greet high school students in Duluth

Obama taps Seiler as U.S. attorney for SD
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:40:54 CDT
Pierre Capital Journal: "President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated longtime federal prosecutor Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre as U.S. attorney, or the top federal prosecutor, for South Dakota. Seiler has been acting U.S. attorney since March, when U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson resigned."

Which practice areas are going to be the most lucrative in the future?
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:03:36 CDT
ABA Journal: "With an ever-changing legal landscape -- and many unemployed and underemployed lawyers -- it's more important than ever to understand how to craft your career. The market for legal jobs may be getting better, but it's still not great."

Court names law clerks for 2016-2017
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:33:38 CDT
The Supreme Court has named law clerks for a one-year term starting August 1, 2016: Brent Boeddeker, Fargo, Brandt Doerr, Minot, Peter Hvidston, Fargo, Mindy Lawrence, Park Rapids, Minn., and Eric Lundberg, Grand Forks.

El-Dweek becomes county's second judge
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:55:14 CDT
McKenzie County Farmer: "History was made on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, when Daniel El-Dweek officially became the second district judge to serve in North Dakota's Northwest Judicial District, with his court chambered in the McKenzie County Courthouse."

8th Circuit decides N.D. case
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:27:19 CDT
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has summarily affirmed the dismissal of a North Dakota civil claim made by a self-represented litigant.
- Orlick v. Grand Forks Housing Authority

U.S.: Supreme Court hears new death penalty arguments
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:16:48 CDT
CNN: "The Supreme Court heard arguments concerning the death penalty on Wednesday, for the first time since the issue bitterly divided the justices last term. The justices grappled with sentencing requirements and jury instructions in consolidated cases from Kansas."

Minn.: Appeals court reverses Rochester man's conviction
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:37:16 CDT
Rochester Post Bulletin: "A Rochester man has had his case sent back to a local court after the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed his conviction. The ruling was released Monday. A local jury found John Edward Hall Jr. guilty in April 2014 of domestic assault and terroristic threats after hearing evidence that he'd assaulted and threatened a woman on two consecutive days."
- Opinion Text: State v. Hall

SD Supreme Court hears arguments on Fall River County's planned contaminated-soil farm
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:44:40 CDT
Rapid City Journal: "A justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court seemed incredulous when he found out that Fall River County had never counted the votes in a 2014 election that was supposed to decide the fate of a soil farm near Edgemont."
- KELO News: Failure to yield case heard by Supreme Court

UND Law School reception for John Foster Thursday
Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:33:30 CDT
Adjunct Prof. John Foster, who has retired after 35 years teaching banking and finance law, will be honored with a public reception in the new Law School central commons, Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5-7 p.m.
- UND Law School Homecoming and CLE

Trial court tip
Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:59:16 CDT
Before you go into the courtroom, check the case file in Odyssey to make sure all your documents have been filed.
- Other Trial Court Tips

North Dakota News
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North Dakota delegation applauds court's waterways ruling
John Hoeven says the ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals builds on an August ruling by a federal judge in North Dakota blocking the rule in 13 states that sued. Lawsuits are pending across the country. Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says ...
EPA Rules for Streams and Wetlands Put on Hold by U.S. CourtBloomberg
Appeals court puts hold on regulation protecting
US appeals court blocks EPA rules protecting small streams and wetlandsThe Guardian

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AG Week

North Dakotans welcome court action on WOTUS
AG Week
In August, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a preliminary injunction blocking WOTUS in North Dakota and 12 other states that challenged the rule. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay ...
US court places nationwide hold on EPA clean water ruleINFORUM
Court blocks Obama's water rule nationwideThe Hill
Court puts stop on Waters of the U.S. implementationFarm Futures
Huffington Post -Forbes
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Judge to rule whether Iowa pipeline lawsuit can go forward
CHEROKEE, Ia. — A judge says he'll rule soon on whether a lawsuit filed by three landowners in the path of a proposed oil pipeline can proceed against the Iowa Utilities Board. District Court Judge Carl J. Petersen heard arguments from both sides ...
Judge to rule whether lawsuit filed by Iowa landowners over oil pipeline can ...Mason City Globe Gazette

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North Dakota-born artist, 'Voice' semifinalist Kat Perkins speaks at WF drug ...
Perkins, in partnership with Valley City-based EduTech, has addressed more than 300 North Dakota students in a series of presentations across the state over the past two years, bringing them a musically inflected message about avoiding alcohol, drugs, ...

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Sioux City Journal

Judge to rule soon on lawsuit over eminent domain for Dakota Access oil pipeline
Sioux City Journal
Provided. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would cross Iowa to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. ... CHEROKEE, Iowa | A state judge said he will rule within two weeks on whether three landowners in the path of a proposed crude oil ...
Farmers challenge use of eminent domain for Bakken pipelineSiouxland Matters

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North Dakota Federal Judge Blocks WOTUS Rule, Michigan Files Separate Suit
The National Law Review
At least 10 lawsuits have been filed in federal district court challenging the rule, including 29 states and 14 agricultural and industry organizations. Michigan has teamed up with Ohio, filing a lawsuit in the South District of Ohio on June 29, 2015 ...
Federal Judge Blocks WOTUS Rule, Michigan Files Separate SuitJD Supra (press release)

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Accused North Dakota wedding reception gunman makes first court appearance
Judge James Hovey read Troske his rights as a defendant, the charges against him and the potential penalties for each charge. Troske rescinded an earlier request for a court-appointed attorney and was represented by attorney Alex Reichert from Grand ...
Initial appearance held in New Rockford wedding shooting caseGrand Forks Herald

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Duluth News Tribune

Man pleads guilty in North Dakota oil patch murder-for-hire plots
An oil truck operator pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to orchestrating the killings of two business rivals competing for work in North Dakota's giant Bakken oil patch, court records show. James Henrikson admitted in a plea agreement to an ...
North Dakota trucking company operator pleads guilty in murder-for-hire casesDuluth News Tribune

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North Dakota Supreme Court addresses what creates a fiduciary relationship ...
Lexology (registration)
On September 21, 2015, the North Dakota Supreme Court found that a fiduciary relationship between an oil company and its landman could exist depending upon the existence of a confidential relationship. Irish Oil contracted with Border Resources to ...

LGBTQ Nation

Gay rights group seeking $124000 from North Dakota
LGBTQ Nation
Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in June 2014 on behalf of Jan Jorgensen and Cindy Phillips, who live in Fargo. The couple married in Minnesota and sued North Dakota because the state wouldn't recognize their marriage. The group and the Minneapolis-based ...

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