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USD Law Alumnus Cord Appointed District Associate Judge in Iowa

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumnus Mark Cameron Cord III has been appointed to serve as a district associate judge in Iowa.

“USD Law is proud of Mark Cord and its role of supplying the region with lawyers, judges, leaders, and entrepreneurs. I have full confidence Mark will excel in his new role in justice and the rule of law,” said Tom Geu, dean of USD’s law school.

District associate judges handle serious and aggravated misdemeanor cases, small claims, hospitalization cases as well as juvenile cases and civil suits for judgment of up to $10,000.

Cord is a partner at Sioux City’s Moore Heffernan Moeller Johnson & Meis law firm. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1988, and from USD’s School of Law in 2005.

The USD School of Law was recently ranked 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 in 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