VERMILLION, S.D. -- The state of South Dakota’s highest court will be in session for three days on campus at The University of South Dakota School of Law. The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments during the March 2011 Term of Court at law school courtroom, March 21-23.
The Supreme Court will hear three cases daily with afternoon sessions reserved for written appellate briefs. Booklets with a synopsis of each case and biographical information on the Justices will be available at the School of Law for persons attending any of the Court’s morning sessions.
Oral arguments to be heard on Monday, March 21 include Rapid City Journal, Associated Press and South Dakota Newspaper Association v. John J. Delaney, 9 a.m.; Guthmiller v. Weber, 10 a.m.; and Rodriguez v. Miles, Donadio, and (The) Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Inc., 11 a.m. Oral arguments to be heard on Tuesday, March 22 include State v. Goulding, 9 a.m.; Raver v. SPM Thermo-Shield, Inc., 10 a.m.; and State v. Jones, 11 a.m. Oral arguments to be heard on Wednesday, March 23 include Lindskov v. Lindskov, 9 a.m.; State v. Zahn, 10 a.m.; Demaray v. De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company, 11 a.m. A complete schedule and summary of the cases is available at www.usd.edu/law/case-summaries.cfm.
“The Supreme Court’s annual visit provides our students with a great educational experience to see the appellate process in action. It’s also an extraordinary opportunity for us to ‘welcome home’ five alumni leaders of the School of Law,” stated Barry Vickrey, dean of the School of Law, who noted that all five members of the South Dakota Supreme Court, Chief Justice David Gilbertson (’75) and Justices John Konenkamp (’74), Steven Zinter (’75), Judith Meierhenry (’77) and Glen Severson (’75), are graduates of the USD School of Law.
The justices have extended an invitation to the public to attend any of the Court’s sessions. To assist with the Supreme Court visit, persons in attendance must abide by proper courtroom etiquette and must enter through the southeast door of the School of Law. The Supreme Court employs security methods to insure the well-being of all who attend its proceedings and all attending the morning court sessions will be requested to pass through a metal detector. Backpacks and book bags should not be brought, and other bags and purses are subject to inspection and search by security personnel.