South Dakota

55 ABA Journal South Dakota articles.

1881 Initiative aims to increase the number of female AGs
The Democratic Attorneys General Association has launched an initiative to elect more women to an underestimated position: state attorney general. DAGA’s 1881 Initiative is named for the first year two women ran for—and lost—state AG seats. The goal is to ensure that by 2022 at least half the Democratic attorneys general will be women.
When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Early last year, two suicidal patients showed up at a hospital emergency room in Pierre, South Dakota, seeking help. Although the incidents happened weeks apart, both patients ended up in…

Delaware loses long-held No. 1 ranking for business-friendly legal climate to South Dakota

A periodic survey of corporations by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal-reform arm found that Delaware has lost its No. 1 ranking for being business-friendly in legal matters, dropping to…

Inmates’ escape par for the course in private prison transport industry

The private prisoner transport company whose van was stolen by two inmates last week in Oklahoma — precipitating a national manhunt that remains underway — may be feeling a sense…

Police officer pleads guilty to federal charge in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Updated: A former police officer in South Carolina pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal civil rights charge for fatally shooting an unarmed man who ran away during a traffic stop…

Judge refuses to dismiss food-libel case against ABC News over its ‘pink slime’ coverage

A South Dakota judge has refused to dismiss a suit against ABC News brought under a state food-libel law that provides for triple the damages.

The suit by Beef Products…

May 8, 1973: American Indian Movement surrenders at Wounded Knee after 71-day standoff
By February 1973, unrest among Lakota residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was coming to a boil. Though in office barely a year, the tribe's elected chief,…
South Dakota bills defendants for PD representation; state bill collector would tack on 20% fee

South Dakota bills criminal defendants $92 an hour for representation by a public defender, even if they have no ability to pay.

Failure to pay for the legal representation is…

Transgender bathroom bill vetoed by South Dakota governor

South Dakota’s governor has vetoed a controversial transgender bathroom bill.

On Tuesday, the state’s Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard rejected the proposed bill, which would force transgender public school students to…

Ex-prosecutor takes plea in child-porn case involving client’s children

Already sentenced in September to 50 years in a state-court child-rape case, a former South Dakota county prosecutor pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a federal child-pornography case that involved abuse…

Fatal attack on black Bible-study group resonates on 150th anniversary of ‘Juneteenth’

The slayings of nine people attending a Bible-study group at a historic African-American church this week cast a heavy shadow over the annual Juneteenth celebration of black empowerment and freedom…

Which region had the best employment rate for 2014 law grads?

Law schools in the country’s West North Central region have bragging rights for the best employment statistics in the nation.

The Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System used…

Robins Kaplan to close Atlanta office; firm is ‘working on a transition plan’ for 12 lawyers

Robins Kaplan will soon be closing its Atlanta office, which at last report listed a dozen lawyers on the attorney roster, in order to focus the firm’s efforts elsewhere.

“As…

Desperately seeking med-mal attorneys; $500K damages cap deters South Dakota lawyers, some say

A South Dakota law enacted in 1976 that was supposed to limit excessive damages in medical malpractice trials may have solved the perceived problem by entirely eliminating many such cases.

Acclaimed film on ‘Dinosaur 13’ legal battle airs on CNN

An acclaimed documentary about a legal battle related to the ownership of a 67 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Sue aired on CNN on Thursday.

Eventually purchased…

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