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Justice Newton C. Young (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1862, Newton C. Young was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  Raised on a farm and educated in Tabor, Iowa and Iowa City, Young went on to graduate Iowa State University in 1886, and received his law degree in 1887 from the same institution.  In 1887, Young moved to Bathgate, which was then located in the northern Dakota Territory and started in private practice. Young also served as
Today, Larry Richards was elected Vice-President of the Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association.  Larry will begin his new position after he is sworn in on February 27th.  Until he takes his new position, Larry will continue as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.  Along with Larry, Sarah Gereszek was elected President to replace current President Ted Sandberg while Cassie Scheving will replace Larry in the position of Secretary/Treasurer.

Justice Joseph Bradley

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On this date in 1892, Justice Joseph Bradley passed away in Washington, D.C. at the age of 78.  Born on March 14, 1813 in Berne, New York, Bradley graduated Rutgers University in 1836.  Bradley moved to Newark, New Jersey and was admitted to the Bar in that state in 1839.  In private practice in New Jersey, Bradley became nationally known for specializing in patent and railroad law.  On February 7, 1870, Joseph

Justice Noah Swayne

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On this date in 1862, Noah Swayne was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Born on December 7, 1804 in Frederick County, Virginia, Swayne was raised in a traditional Quaker family.  He "read the law" and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1823.  In 1824, Swayne moved to Coshocton, Ohio where he took up private practice.  In 1825, Swayne

Justice Beryl Levine (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1985, Beryl Levine was appointed by Governor George Sinner to the position of Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court.  Born on November 9, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Levine went on to attend the University of Manitoba from 1952 to 1955.  Levine, who was a housewife at the time, emigrated to the United States in 1955 and later became a U.S. citizen.  After living in Cleveland, Ohio for several

Justice Gabriel Duvall

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On this date in 1835, Justice Gabriel Duvall retired as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Born on December 6, 1752 at Darnall's Grove, which was the family plantation in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Duvall went on to study law under a tutor in Annapolis, Maryland, just as fighting was breaking out in the Revolutionary War.  Duvall joined the Maryland militia and served as clerk to the Convention
On this day in 1937, Judge Kermit Bye was born in a railroad section house during a blizzard in the small town of Hatton, ND.  After Bye graduated the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1962, he began his career as Deputy Security Commissioner for the State of North Dakota which was a position he held until 1964.  From 1964 to 1966, Bye served as a Special Assistant Attorney

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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On this date in 1932, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. retired as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court at the age of 90.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 8, 1841, Holmes was the son of a highly respected and prominent Boston physician.  He was raised in Boaston in a family of comfortable circumstances and high social position.  After completeing his undergraduate studies at Harvard College in 1861, Holmes volunteered

Justice Wiley B. Rutledge

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On this date in 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt nominated Wiley B. Rutledge to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Rutledge was born in Cloverport, Kentucky on July 20, 1894.  After graduating with an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rutledge moved to Indiana and taught high school while attending law school.  Rutledge later moved to Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado School of

Justice Edward Engerud (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1907, Justice Edward Engerud resigned as a Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court.  Born on February 13, 1868 in Racine, Wisconsin, Engerud moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota in 1881 where he began studying law.  After being admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1889, he practiced law in Fergus Falls, MN for four years before moving to Lisbon, ND.  Engerud became Ransom County (ND) State's Attorney which was
On this date in 2001, Judge Rodney Webb retired from the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.  Born on June 21, 1935 in Cavalier, ND, Webb graduated the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1959.  Upon admission to the Bar that year, Webb joined a small law firm in Grafton, ND where he practiced for the next 21 years.  In 1966, Webb was elected to

Justice John Marshall Harlan II

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On this date in 1971, Justice John Marshall Harlan II died in Washington, D.C. from spinal cancer.  Born in Chicago, Illinois on May 20, 1899, Harlan was the son of a Chicago lawyer.  His grandfather and namesake, John Marshall Harlan, served on the U.S. Supreme Court as an Associate Justice from 1877 to 1911. (See October 17, 2013 entry).  After graduating Princeton in 1920 where he was editor of the newspaper

Justice Smith Thompson

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On this date in 1843, Justice Smith Thompson passed away at age 75 in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Born in New York City on January 17, 1768, Thompson went on to graduate from Prinction University in 1788.  Thompson then "read the law" under the watchfull eye of Gilbert Livingston and James Kent, who is a towering figure in American jurisprudence.  Thompson was admitted to the New York bar in 1792 and practiced
On Friday, December 13th, Larry Richards spoke to the resident physicians at the Altru Family Medicine Residency in Grand Forks, ND about physician contracts and the basics of contract negotiations.  The seminar was held at the daily noon conference and covered everything from knowing your market, basic elements of a physician contract, covenant not to compete clauses and non-solicitation clauses.  

Judge Bruce Van Sickle (U.S. Dist Ct. for N.D)

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On this date in 1971, Judge Bruce Van Sickle was nominated by President Richard Nixon for a seat on the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota for the seat being vacated by the retiring Judge George Register.  Born on February 13, 1917 in Minot, ND, Van Sickle went on to attend the University of Minnesota School of Law where he graduated in 1941.  With World War II

Justice Burleigh Spalding (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1853, Justice Burleigh F. Spalding of the North Dakota Supreme Court was born in Craftsbury, Vermont.  After being educated in Craftsbury, Spalding attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont where he graduated in 1877.  He studied law in Montpelier, Vt. and was admitted to the bar in 1880.  In 1880, Spalding along with his brand new bride moved to Fargo, which was then a rough and tumble town located

Justice Nels Johnson (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1958, Justice Nels Johnson on the North Dakota Supreme Court died at age 62.  Born in Akrens, Iceland on April 30, 1896, Johnson immigrated with his parent to the United States in 1900.  He attended school in McHenry County and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1917.  After graduating from the University of North Dakota  with his undergraduate and law degrees, Johnson was admitted to the North Dakota

Justice Luther Birdzell (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1880, Justice Luther Birdzell of the North Dakota Supreme Court was born in St. Joseph, Illinois.  After graduating from the University of Illinois School of Law, Birdzell moved to North Dakota to teach at the University of North Dakota School of Law from 1904 to 1912.  From 1912 to 1914, Birdzell served as the first North Dakota state tax commissioner and then returned to the law school to resume

Judge John M. Read

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On this date in 1874, Judge John M. Read died at his home in Philadephia, PA.  John Read was born in Philadelphia on July 21, 1797 just across the street from Independence Hall.  Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, he then read the law, and was admitted to the bar in 1818.  While in private practice in Philadelphia, Read entered politics.  He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1822-24) and

Justice Pierce Butler

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On this date in 1922, Justice Pierce Butler was nominated by President Warren G. Harding as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court for the seat vacated by the retiring Justice William Day (See November 13th entry).  Butler was born to immigrant Irish parents in Dakota County, Minnesota on March 17, 1866.  He graduated from Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota, but did not attend law school.  He "read the

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