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USD School of Law welcomes South Dakota Supreme Court for March 2014 Term of Court

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota Supreme Court will be in session for three days at the University of South Dakota School of Law, March 24-26.

The justices – all graduates of the USD School of Law – will hear nine oral arguments during the three-day March Term of Court at the law school courtroom. Oral arguments on Monday, March 24 include: State of South Dakota vs. Sean Whistler, 9 a.m., Deborah Isack, individually, and as Guardian and Conservator for Terry D. Isack vs. Acuity, 10 a.m., and Roger Hamilton vs. Richard A. Sommers, Melissa E. Neville and Bantz, Gosch & Cremer, Prof, LLC, 11 a.m.

Oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 are Megan Ruschenberg, Jessica Cornelius and Heather Rensch vs. David Eliason and Annabelle’s Adult Super Center of South Dakota, LLC and Olivia’s of South Dakota, LLC d/b/a Olivia’s Adult Super Store, 9 a.m.; Donovan Craig Siers vs. Douglas Weber, Warden of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, 10 a.m.; and Paul Nelson Farm vs. South Dakota Department of Revenue, 11 a.m. Oral arguments for Wednesday, March 20 include: State of South Dakota vs. Derek Boe, at 9 a.m.; Stern Oil Company and State of South Dakota Ex rel Stern Oil Company vs. Border States Paving, Inc., and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, as its surety at 10 a.m.; State of South Dakota vs. Donald Leon Nekolite,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 oral arguments 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 four non-oral arguments during the March session. A complete schedule and summaries of the cases are available at

“It’s always a pleasure and an exceptional opportunity to host the Supreme Court’s March Term of Court,” noted Tom Geu, dean of the USD School of Law. “Our law school students and the campus community have this unique opportunity to witness the state’s judicial process at its highest level.” stated Thomas Geu, dean of the 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.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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