USD School of Law Alumnus Nominated to U.S. Attorney for South Dakota

Photo of Ron Parsons Jr. USD alumn Ron Parsons, Jr. has been nominated to serve as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Ron Parsons, Jr., a 1997 University of South Dakota School of Law graduate, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota. The nomination is subject to Congressional approval.

“It’s exciting to see a USD Law alum being nominated for this position,” said Liz Taggart, director of admissions at the Law School. “Parsons’ success in and out of South Dakota is something that we are tremendously proud of and excited to share with our prospective students.”

Winner of the Edward W. Hope Award for the highest G.P.A. in his graduating class, Parsons clerked for 8th Circuit Judge Roger Wollman after law school before focusing on appellate and constitutional law at the law firm Johnson Janklow Abdallah Reiter & Parsons where he is now a partner.

Parsons is a frequent guest lecturer at the School of Law. A short story author, Parsons received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota.

Parsons would replace Randy Seiler, also a USD School of Law graduate, who took the post in 2015.


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