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USD Law Alumna Theeler Appointed to Second Circuit

Photo of Camela Theeler. USD School of Law alumna Camela Theeler has been appointed a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumna Camela Theeler has been appointed a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit serving Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.

“Ms. Theeler is a remarkable lawyer and USD Law is confident she will be an excellent judge,” said Thomas Geu, dean of USD’s School of Law. “She is a wonderful example that USD Law continues to fulfill its role to provide lawyers and judges across South Dakota and we are proud of her.”

Theeler is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office, a position she has held since 2012, and serves as that office’s Deputy Civil Chief. Previously, she practiced for nine years with Lynn, Jackson, Schultz and Lebrun in Sioux Falls.

A Pierre native, Theeler graduated from USD in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English and from USD Law in 2000. She was a law clerk in South Dakota’s First Judicial Circuit from 2001-02. She was the 2009 South Dakota Young Lawyer of the Year.

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.


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