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South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Zinter Passes

VERMILLION, S.D. — University of South Dakota School of Law Dean Thomas Geu released the following statement in regards to the passing of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice, Steven L. Zinter '69 B.S., '72 J.D.

“Justice Zinter was a thoughtful and courageous person. Most of us do not, cannot, appreciate the hard, careful work he performed researching and writing opinions alone in his chambers. Neither can we understand the emotional toll that is sometimes involved with making hard decisions. He was a people’s kind of judge and USD School of Law and I, personally, are proud of our association with Justice Zinter and his family.”

Justice Zinter was appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court in April of 2002.


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
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