VERMILLION, S.D. -- Beginning Monday, March 18, the South Dakota Supreme Court will be in session for three days at the University of South Dakota School of Law. The justices will hear several oral arguments during the March 2013 Term of Court at the law school courtroom, including three oral arguments on Monday, March 18: State of South Dakota vs. Briley W. Piper, 9 a.m., Russell Englund and Mary Englund vs. Paul Vital, 10 a.m., and State of South Dakota vs. James Duane Riley, 11 a.m.
Oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 include: In the Matter of the Termination of Parental Right, 9 a.m.; and State of South Dakota vs. Gabriel Darryn Medicine, 10 a.m. Oral arguments for Wednesday, March 20 are Ronald Voeller vs. HSBC Card Services, Inc., at 9 a.m.; State of South Dakota vs. Brian Dennis Amick at 10 a.m.; In the Matter of the Estate of Eugene Shipman, deceased, 11 a.m.
Chief Justice David Gilbertson (USD School of Law, ’75) and Justices John Konenkamp (’74), Steven Zinter (’75), Glen Severson (’75) and Lori Wilbur (’77) will hear the three cases each morning with afternoon sessions reserved for written appellate briefs. Case synopses will also be available each morning for the public. The Supreme Court will also review 10 non-oral arguments during the March session. A complete schedule and summaries of the cases are available at www.usd.edu/law/sdsc.cfm.
“The Supreme Court’s March Term of Court is always a unique opportunity for our law school students and the campus community to see the state’s judicial process at its highest level,” stated Thomas Geu, dean of the School of Law. “It’s also a ‘welcome home’ for all five members of the South Dakota Supreme Court who are graduates of the USD School of Law.”
The South Dakota Supreme Court employs security methods to insure the well-being of all who attend its proceedings. All people attending the morning arguments will need to enter through the Law School building’s southeast door. Book bags, backpacks, and other packages are subject to search and people are encouraged not to bring them to keep the entrance process smooth and without delays. Individuals requiring assistance should contact the State Court Administrator’s Office at (605) 773-3474 at least 48 hours before the session to make any arrangements.