Mar 13, 2013

Oral arguments on the docket for South Dakota Supreme Court annual March visit to USD School of Law

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

“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.

About The School of Law

The University of South Dakota School of Law provides a high-quality legal education that prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota and for success in private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. For information about the USD School of Law, please contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen at or (605) 677-5393.

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

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Peter Carrels
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