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USD Law Graduate Named Circuit Judge in Montana

VERMILLION, S.D. – Olivia Rieger, a 2014 University of South Dakota School of Law graduate, has been appointed to serve as a judge in the 7th Judicial District Court in Montana.

Rieger was the Dawson County Attorney, elected twice in 2010 and 2014. She previously served as a public defender and was named Public Defender of the Year in 2009.

Rieger is a graduate of Belle Fourche High School in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

The post will be up for election in November 2018.

The University of South Dakota School of Law was recently ranked as a top law school for clerkship placements, and remains a best value law school, educating most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News