VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumna and Magistrate Judge Dawn M. Elshere has been appointed to South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Brookings.
“I am very excited and honored to be given the opportunity by Gov. Daugaard to serve the Third Circuit as a Circuit Court Judge. I’ve enjoyed my work as the magistrate judge and the Beadle County Drug Court judge, and I look forward to serving in the capacity as circuit court judge,” Elshere said in the Brookings Register.
Judge Elshere previously served as a Codington County state’s attorney, deputy state’s attorney in Brown and Codington County and in private practice. She graduated from USD Law School in 1994 and was a law clerk for Judge Warren Johnson in the Eighth Circuit. She also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from USD, graduating in 1991.
“USD Law seeks to assure there are lawyers available to meet all the legal needs of South Dakota including the critical role of judge. We are very proud Judge Elshere is one of our graduates. Her appointment is a tribute to her qualifications and it demonstrates the Law School’s role in the infrastructure of the state,” said Tom Geu, dean of the USD School of Law.
The USD School of Law was recently ranked as a best value law school by the National Jurist for the seventh year in a row and continues to produce most of the state’s top lawyers serving private and public legal practice.