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Supreme Court appoints new ‘reporter of opinions’

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Feb. 8, 2013 at 6:00 am | No Comments »
February 7, 2013 4:57 pm

Rick NeidhardtRick Neidhardt, longtime legal analyst for the Administrative Office of the Courts, has been promoted by the state Supreme Court to serve as reporter of decisions. He fills a vacancy left when Danilo Anselmo moved to work at the U.S. Supreme Court as its deputy reporter of decisions.

The new appointment took effect Monday. The courts put out a news release that explains the decision and gives back ground on Neidhardt, who is a former law clerk for two justices including Chief Justice Barbara Madsen.

The reporter of decisions job is provided for in the Constitution and the state has had the position since statehood in 1889 and even in territorial days. The duties have been covered since 2011 by three other staffers in the office.

For history buffs, Wendy Ferrell in the courts’ administrative office provided this list of Neidhardt’s precessors:

  • Eugene G. Kreider, 1889-1903
  • Arthur Remington, 1903-1937
  • Solon D. Williams, 1937-1958
  • Franklin L. Calkins, 1958-1960
  • Richard F. Jones, 1961-1989
  • Ray A. Krontz, 1989-1994
  • Debby Norwood, 1994-2001
  • Truman S. Fuller, 2001-2009
  • Danilo Anselmo, 2009-2011

In territorial times, from 1854 to 1889, there were two reporters:

  • John B. Allen
  • Henry G. Struve


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