USD School of Law hosts South Dakota Supreme Court

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The state’s highest court will be in session for three days on the campus of The University of South Dakota as the South Dakota Supreme Court will hold its March 2008 Term of Court at the USD School of Law courtroom, March 26-28.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases each day. A total of nine oral arguments will be heard throughout the course of the three-day schedule with the afternoon sessions reserved for written appellate briefs – non-oral arguments. Booklets with schedules and synopses of each case, along with biographical information on the Justices and a short summary of the appellate procedure, will be available for persons attending any of the Court’s sessions.

The schedule of oral arguments includes Progressive Halcyon v. Philippe from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Kostel v. Schwartz from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., and Mousseau v. Schwartz from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26; Carpenter v. Rapid City Red Dogs, Inc., from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., State v. Quartier at 10 a.m., and State v. Hayen at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 27. On Friday, March 27, the Supreme Court will hear Estate of Smid from 9 a.m. until 9:50 a.m.; Gruhlke v. CU Mortgage Direct, LLC, Sioux Empire Federal Credit Union, Inc., and David Bednar at 10 a.m.; and FIN-AG v. Pipestone Livestock Auction FIN-AG, Inc. v. SD Livestock Sales of Watertown, Inc., from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. More information about each argument, including briefs about each appellant and appellee, can be found at

"The Supreme Court’s annual visit to our campus is definitely a highlight for us at the School of Law," noted Barry Vickrey, dean of the School of Law. "Not only is it a great educational experience for our students to see the appellate process in action, but it’s an extraordinary opportunity for our university to ‘welcome home’ five alumni leaders of the School of Law."

All five members of the South Dakota Supreme Court, Chief Justice David Gilbertson (’75) and Justices Richard Sabers (’66), John Konenkamp (’74), Steven Zinter (’75) and Judith Meierhenry (’77), are graduates of the USD School of Law.

The justices have extended an invitation to the public to attend any of the Court’s sessions. To assist with the Supreme Court visit, persons in attendance must abide by proper courtroom etiquette: no hats worn in the courtroom; no food, drink or smoking in the courtroom; no cameras of any type are allowed in the courtroom; and anyone making noise or disrupting the Court will be asked to leave.

For more information about the South Dakota Supreme Court visit, including a list of oral arguments, please go to, or contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen at or (605) 677-5393.