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USD School of Law to host 8th US 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 For more information about the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals visit at the University of South Dakota School of Law, please contact or call (605) 677-5443.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News