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Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Over Lawyer Dues Used to Oppose Shared Parenting

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Over Lawyer Dues Used to Oppose Shared Parenting

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on a lawsuit aimed at the State Bar Association of North Dakota over that organization’s use of legally-required lawyer dues to engage in political activities against a shared parenting measure in the 2014 election cycle. The plaintiff in the suit, Bismarck attorney Arnold Fleck, originally argued

Report Shows Where You Get Divorced in North Dakota Could Have a Big Impact on Child Custody Outcomes

North Dakota has had a long-running debate over shared parenting. Multiple ballot measures, and multiple legislative efforts, over the years have resulted in some reforms though shared parenting proponents still want more reform. Opponents of reform tell us that there’s nothing all that wrong with the status quo. That custody cases are adjudicated fairly and

ND Bar Association Sued by Shared Parenting Proponent Over Open Records

The shared parenting issue – the push to reform North Dakota’s family law to create greater equity between divorced parents when it comes to raising their kids – has been a real headache for the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Despite being an official regulatory body – if you practice law in North Dakota

Leslie Loftis: In Emails State Bar Association Members Insult State Lawmakers Over Shared Parenting Bill

Usually, I have great sympathy for elected officials. They’re routinely asked to decide on a wide range of public policy issues, and it’s impossible to develop expertise before their vote is required. Those deserving to represent citizens reach out to noted experts, to benefit from their knowledge and cast informed votes. That is not happening

Rep. Tom Kading (R-Fargo) speaks in favor of HB1392 on the floor of the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Audio: Rep. Tom Kading Says His New Sharing Parenting Legislation Is Not Like Measure 6

In a recent letter to the editor attorney Jason McLean, a divorce lawyer and opponent to reforming our state’s child custody laws, suggested that new shared parenting legislation under consideration in Bismarck is just like 2014’s shared parenting ballot measure. That would be a devastating and persuasive argument, if true, because Measure 6 on the 2014

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) carries shared parenting legislation on the House floor.

Video: North Dakota House Passes Shared Parenting Bill

The shared parenting issue is a familiar one for North Dakotans. Some version of the issue is in a bill before the legislature nearly every session, it seems, and it’s appeared more than once by way of initiated measure as well. The supporters of the issue haven’t had a lot of success, but today in

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Taxpayer Funded Politics: Lawmakers Should Take Away The State Bar Association's Advocacy Powers

North Dakota has a real problem with occupational licensing boards – state-sanctioned organizations that issue licenses to dentists and podiatrists and lawyers – which have seen their missions creep into political advocacy. During the 2015 legislative session I found that fewer than eight state licensing boards with registered lobbyists. In October Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s

James Kerian: Measure 6 On The Ballot Speaks To A Deeper Societal Problem

The debate surrounding Measure 6, the shared parenting initiative, has been illuminating for me.  I have spoken with mothers who were scared the measure would make them split parenting time with the father and fathers who were scared the measure would make them split parenting time with the mother.  I’ve spoken with mothers and (mostly)

Shared Parenting Supporters Call For Investigation Into State Bar Opposition To Measure 6

Earlier this month I wrote about the State Bar Association of North Dakota using mandatory attorney licensing fees to fund their opposition campaign to Measure 6, the shared parenting measure. “It is illegal what they are doing,” Mitchell Sanderson, spokesman for the North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative, told me at the time. “No doubt about