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.

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