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USD School of Law Hosts South Dakota Supreme Court

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The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on nine cases during a three-day session in October at the University of South Dakota School of Law courtroom.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Justices Steven Zinter, Glen Severson, Lori Wilbur and Janine Kern will hear the appeals each morning, with afternoon sessions reserved for written appellate briefs.

“It’s always a pleasure and an exceptional opportunity to host the Supreme Court of South Dakota,” said Tom Geu, dean of the USD School of Law. “Our law school students and the campus community have this unique opportunity to observe our state’s highest court in action. These types of experiences are vital to a legal education.”

Case synopses will be available each morning for the audience. A complete schedule and summaries of the oral arguments to be heard are available online:

  • Monday, Oct. 5: 9 a.m., Nylen v. Nylen; 10 a.m., State v. Smith; 11 a.m., Zerfas v. AMCO;
  • Tuesay, Oct. 6: 9 a.m., State v. Pasltow; 10 a.m., O’Neill v. O’Neill; 11 a.m., Good Lance v. Black Hills Dialysis;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: 9 a.m., High Plains Resources v. Fall River County Board of Commissioners; 10 a.m., State v. Running Shield; 11 a.m., Smizer v. Drey.

The South Dakota Supreme Court employs security methods to ensure the well-being of all who attend its proceedings. All people attending the morning arguments will need to enter through the southeast door of the Law School. Book bags, backpacks, and other packages are subject to search. Attendees are encouraged to bring a minimal amount of outside items to keep the entrance process smooth and without delays. Individuals requiring assistance should contact the State Court Administrator’s Office at (605) 773-3474 at least 48 hours before the session to make any arrangements.


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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News