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USD School of Law Alumnus Nominated to SD Supreme Court

Photo of SD Supreme Court nominee Steven Jensen. University of South Dakota School of Law alumnus, the Hon. Steven Jensen, has been nominated to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumnus and Presiding Judge in the First Circuit, the Hon. Steven Jensen, has been nominated to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

“I’ve known Judge Jensen for many years and think highly of his judicial demeanor and professionalism,” said Tom Geu, dean of the USD School of Law. “He has been one of the Law School’s most ardent supporters and we are proud that he is one of our graduates.”

A former South Dakota Supreme Court law clerk, Jensen will replace fellow USD law graduate Justice Lori Wilbur who retired earlier this year. He was appointed to the First Circuit in 2003 by Gov. Mike Rounds after 14 years of private practice in the Dakota Dunes area.

Jensen is a member of the South Dakota and Iowa bar associations. He received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College and graduated from the USD School of Law in 1988.


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