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Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:00:56 CDT
Make sure cases and statutes are cited correctly. Make sure cases cited are still good law.
- Other appellate practice tips

Changes to DUI law now in effect
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:14:05 CDT
With Governor Jack Dalrymple's signature April 15, a bill implementing changes in North Dakota's driving under the influence laws took effect. Under the changes, courts may now suspend all but ten days of a minimum mandatory DUI sentence if the person successfully completes a drug court program and they may give a person who participated in the 24/7 program as a condition of pretrial release credit for "time served" towards participation in the program during probation.
- SB 2052 as adopted

N.D. Attorney General opinion: April 20
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:16:29 CDT
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that the Agricultural Policy Subcommittee of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority violated the open records law when it withheld records presented at a public meeting until they could be updated and corrected to reflect additional information.

Award prompts woman to continue striving in career, service
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:44:57 CDT
Fargo Forum: "When Jerilynn Brantner Adams was honored by YWCA Cass Clay as a high school student, she got to accept the award alongside a woman she admired. 'It was such a great honor,' she says. 'I was in high school and all these amazing other women received the award at the same time.'"

U.S. Supreme Court April 21 arguments
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:23:40 CDT
Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the government must prove that a defendant knew that a substance he was distributing was substantially similar in chemical structure and effect to a controlled substance.
- McFadden v. United States

U.S. Supreme Court April 22 arguments
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:50:08 CDT
Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the Department of Agriculture's regulations requiring a percentage of raisin crops be "reserved" for the government is a taking necessitating compensation.
- Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture

Behind bars, a news camera ban in Minnesota
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:43:34 CDT
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Minnesota prison officials have identified a form of contraband that's now off-limits around inmates: news cameras. A media policy spelled out in February prohibits any photography or videography, reversing a previous rule that allowed inmates, with the approval of the Department of Corrections (DOC), to grant on-camera interviews."

S.D.: Beadle drug court launches in July
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:45:34 CDT
Huron Plainsman: "A Beadle County team of professionals will roll out the seventh South Dakota drug court - this latest one in Huron - when funding appropriated by state legislators becomes available in July. Drug courts have proven they can keep communities safer by reducing crime, saving money and helping addicts to be accountable."

U.S. Supreme Court April 20 arguments
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:45:30 CDT
Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a firearms possession case addressing whether the "residual clause" in the Armed Career Criminal Act is unconstitutionally vague.
- Johnson v. United States

Parenting Investigator/Legal Guardian ad Litem 18-hour certification training
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:07:02 CDT
Parenting Investigator/Legal Guardian ad Litem certification training will be offered June 17-19 in Bismarck.This 18-hour orientation will provide interactive projects and group discussions. Sessions will focus on understanding the role of the parenting investigator and guardian ad litem, gathering information, interviewing, applying the best interest factors, writing a parenting investigator report, and testifying in the court room. This course qualifies for the 18-hour orientation training required by Rules 8.6 and 8.7 of the North Dakota Rules of Court.

N.D. Attorney General opinion: April 17
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:34:53 CDT
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that the Foster County Commission violated the law when the chairman asked the auditor to act as a liaison between the commissioners to convey information and build a consensus regarding a matter of public business, without holding a properly noticed meeting.

U.S.: Female justices honor O'Connor
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:26:17 CDT
ABC Fox Montana News/AP: "All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court. O'Connor, who was appointed in 1981 and retired in 2006, was lauded for her trailblazing success."

Law school brain drain: Fewer individuals with high LSAT scores are applying
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:27:21 CDT
ABA journal: "Hit with a double whammy, law school officials are lowering their admission standards, a study suggests. In addition to a drop in the amount of overall applications, a number of individuals with the highest scores on the Law School Admission Test aren't pursuing a legal education, says one law professor, based on Law School Admission Council statistics."

Please check attorney contact information
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:16:43 CDT
Due to technical difficulties the Board of Law Examiners is experiencing with the attorney database, all attorneys are requested to please review their and verify that the contact information is correct. Any changes should be e-mailed to: .

Joint Procedure Committee April 23-24 agenda
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:46:17 CDT
The agenda for the April 23-24 meeting of the Joint Procedure Committee and the committee's Jan. 29-30 minutes have been posted.

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Dickinson Press

Judge for freedom: North Dakota judge remembered for issuing Little Rock order
Dickinson Press
The North Dakota native was thrust into an important position during a tumultuous time in American history, when he was called to Little Rock, Ark., following a 1954 Supreme Court ruling, which deemed segregation in public school's unconstitutional.

North Dakota asserts sovereignty in diversion lawsuit
Grand Forks Herald
N. 58203. FARGO – North Dakota's sovereignty is at stake now that the state of Minnesota has joined the lawsuit over the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, according to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. ... Recently, as ordered by the judge ...

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Lesbian mother argues North Dakota judge made biased child custody decision
Grand Forks Herald
BISMARCK--The North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the case of a lesbian mother who believes a district judge inappropriately used her sexuality as grounds for deciding not to let her child live with her the majority of the time.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

North Dakota joining Wyoming lawsuit contesting federal rules for drilling on ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, left, and state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem discuss joining the state of Wyoming in a lawsuit against Federal fracking rules, during a meeting of the North Dakota State Industrial Commission Tuesday, March 31 ...
ND to Join Wyoming Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking RulesABC News
North Dakota Joining Wyoming Lawsuit over Federal Fracking RulesInsurance Journal
North Dakota Joins Wyoming Fracking LawsuitWyoming Public Media

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Oil company sued for racial discrimination in North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald
WILLISTON — A federal lawsuit has been filed against an oil company operating in North Dakota's oil patch accusing it of discriminating against a worker based on his race. Advertisement. Video; Print ...
Lawsuit accuses Texas oil company of racially discriminating against North ...Daily Journal

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Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota bill lowers charges for drug paraphernalia
Grand Forks Herald
The bill also solves the problem of combination marijuana possession/paraphernalia cases being split between municipal court and district court in larger cities that have both, which is a drag on the courts and can result in defendants being appointed ...
Bill lowers charges for drug paraphernaliaDickinson Press

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North Dakota Requests to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging Federal Fracking ...
JD Supra (press release)
On Wednesday, April 1, the state of North Dakota filed a motion to intervene in Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management's (“BLM”) federal hydraulic fracturing regulations. (Wyoming v. U.S. Dept. of Interior, Case No. 15-CV-43-5 (Mar.

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Man convicted in North Dakota gambling case ordered to pay back $250K, serve ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
His lawyer argued that any additional time for the gambling charge serves no purpose. But in an order filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson tacked on four months and ordered Greenfield to pay back $250,000. Greenfield pleaded guilty in ...
4 months added to MN man's gambling sentenceKARE
Judge: Minnesota man must pay back $250K in gambling caseWahpeton Daily News

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North Dakota man charged in federal court with distributing large amounts of ...
Daily Journal
BISMARCK, North Dakota — A man living in the North Dakota oil patch is accused of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine. Dean Wheeler is charged ... arraigned in federal court. His detention hearing has been delayed until he can hire a lawyer.
North Dakota man charged with distributing large quantities of meth in oil patchCrookston Daily Times

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Judge supports Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Enbridge Energy's plans for a new pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota got a major boost Monday when an administrative judge concluded that the Sandpiper project is needed — and that other proposed routes are not as good ...
Administrative judge backs Sandpiper pipelineThe Lake Country Echo
Law judge ruling affirms oil artery to SuperiorHerald Review

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