Three USD School of Law Alums Start Judgeships

VERMILLION, S.D. – Three University of South Dakota School of Law alumnae will be starting new judgeships this summer.

Former Clay County state’s attorney and current magistrate judge Tami A. Bern ‘90 B.S., ‘93 J.D., has been appointed as a circuit court judge in the First Circuit in South Dakota. The First Circuit includes Aurora, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union and Yankton counties. Bern currently oversees the Yankton County Drug Court.

Stephanie Forker Parry ‘95 B.A., ‘98 J.D., has been appointed the new associate judge in Iowa’s Judicial District 3B subdistrict. Originally from Sioux City, Forker Parry will preside over criminal misdemeanor cases, small claims cases, juvenile cases and civil suits for judgments up to $10,000. Forker Parry has been a part-time judicial magistrate since 2007.

Former assistant Cass County state's attorney Cherie Clark ‘96 B.S., ‘97 M.P.A., ‘00 J.D., has been named a judge in the Southeast Judicial District of North Dakota. Clark will be located in Jamestown, North Dakota, and is the first woman appointed to the position.

“USD School of Law is very proud of these alumni for achieving such great success in their chosen field and heartedly congratulate them,” said Thomas Geu, dean of the USD School of Law.

The University of South Dakota School of Law was recently ranked as a top law school for clerkship placements, and remains a best value law school, educating most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice.


USD’s School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News