Oct 17, 2011

USD School of Law to host 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Three judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the courtroom of the University of South Dakota School of Law. The panel will consist of the Chief Judge William Jay Riley of Omaha, Neb., federal Judge Roger L. Wollman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and senior Judge C. Arlen Beam of Lincoln, Neb.

“Hosting the Court provides our students a remarkable opportunity to learn issues in federal law, see law in action and observe excellent appellate advocacy skills,” said USD School of Law Dean Thomas E. Geu. “We are honored that the Court is able to come to USD School of Law.”

Riley has been an active judge on the Court since 2001 and was named chief judge in 2010. Beam was appointed in 1987 and became a senior judge in 2001. Wollman, a 1962 graduate of USD School of Law, was appointed to the Court in 1985 and served as chief judge from 1999 to 2002.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the U.S. District Courts in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. It is based on St. Louis and is among 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, just below the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Cases scheduled for oral argument are Christiansen v. West Branch Community School District, U.S. v. Thomas and State of South Dakota v. United States Department of the Interior. A summary of the cases is available at www.usd.edu/law/upload/Case-Synopses.pdf. For more information about the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals visit at the University of South Dakota School of Law, please contact law@usd.edu or call (605) 677-5443.

About The University of South Dakota School of Law

The mission of the School of Law is to prepare the lawyers and judges who will administer the Federal, state and American Indian Tribal Justice systems in South Dakota and to provide a legal education to South Dakota residents, along with nonresidents who choose to attend the school, which will serve as a solid foundation for the practice of law or other professional careers anywhere in the world. For more information about the USD School of Law, please contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen (Tom.Sorensen@usd.edu) by calling (605) 677-5393 or www.usd.edu/law.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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