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SD Supreme Court Justice, USD alum Lori Wilbur to preside over 99th Dakota Days Parade

VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lori Wilbur, ’74, ’77, will serve as Parade Marshal for the 99th Dakota Days Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The 48th justice in the history of the South Dakota Supreme Court and the second female justice, Wilbur was appointed to the state’s highest court in 2011 by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. She graduated from USD with a bachelor’s degree in 1974 and earned her law degree from the USD School of Law in 1977.

Wilbur represents the Fourth Supreme Court District, which is comprised of Union, Clay, Yankton, Hutchinson, Hanson, Davison, Bon Homme, Douglas, Aurora, Brule, Charles Mix, Gregory, Tripp, Lyman, McCook, Turner counties and a portion of Lincoln County. She has held every judicial position in the South Dakota court system. She served first as a part-time, and then a full-time magistrate judge from 1992 to 1999. She took the bench as a circuit judge in 1999 after being elected in 1998, and was re-elected in 2006. Wilbur led the Sixth Circuit as presiding judge since 2007, and she served as a replacement justice on about 20 state Supreme Court cases. As a circuit judge, Wilbur led the Sixth Circuit’s DUI Court program, which is an alternative sentencing program that seeks to address defendants’ underlying addictions. A Madison, S.D. native, she and her late husband, Brent, have two grown daughters. A photo of Wilbur is available for download at

In addition to the parade, the USD Alumni Association has announced the calendar of events planned for the 99th Dakota Days celebration, “Pride on the Prowl,” Sept. 29-Oct. 5, including a pep rally and the Royalty Review on Tuesday, Oct. 1; the Vermtown Bash at Prentis Park on Wednesday, Oct. 2; and a “Yotes Got Talent” talent competition on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Aalfs Auditorium. Additional activities include the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner at 6 p.m. on Oct.4 at the Muenster University Center; and the USD football game vs. Missouri State at 2 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

For a complete list of Dakota Days events, including event and activity sponsors, please visit or


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