Married USD Law School Graduates Featured in American Bar Association Journal

Image Pfeifles Judges Craig Pfeifle and Jane Wipf Pfeifle (Chris Huber photo courtesy of ABA)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Seventh Circuit Judges Jane Wipf Pfeifle and Craig Pfeifle, both graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law, are featured in the latest edition of the American Bar Association Journal for being what the ABA believes is the only couple on the same bench in the same circuit appointed by the same governor in the same state.

They practiced law together privately before Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Craig Pfeifle to the Rapid City bench in 2012. He's now the circuit's presiding judge. Daugaard appointed Wipf Pfeifle in July.

The ABA Journal article, entitled "These judges are partners in life and on the bench."


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