Former Clay County state’s attorney and current magistrate judge Tami A. Bern ‘90 B.S., ‘93 J.D., has been appointed as a circuit court judge in the First Circuit in South Dakota. The First Circuit includes Aurora, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union and Yankton counties. Bern currently oversees the Yankton County Drug Court.

Stephanie Forker Parry ‘95 B.A., ‘98 J.D., has been appointed the new associate judge in Iowa’s Judicial District 3B subdistrict. Originally from Sioux City, Forker Parry will preside over criminal misdemeanor cases, small claims cases, juvenile cases and civil suits for judgments up to $10,000. Forker Parry has been a part-time judicial magistrate since 2007.

Former assistant Cass County state's attorney Cherie Clark ‘96 B.S., ‘97 M.P.A., ‘00 J.D., has been named a judge in the Southeast Judicial District of North Dakota. Clark will be located in Jamestown, North Dakota, and is the first woman appointed to the position.

“USD School of Law is very proud of these alumni for achieving such great success in their chosen field and heartedly congratulate them,” said Thomas Geu, dean of the USD School of Law.

The University of South Dakota School of Law was recently ranked as a top law school for clerkship placements, and remains a best value law school, educating most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice.

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