Chief Justice David Gilbertson
Chief Justice Gilbertson was appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court in April 1995 to represent the Fifth Supreme Court District. He was first elected as Chief Justice by the members of the Supreme Court in 2001, and has subsequently been re-elected as Chief Justice three times. Chief Justice Gilbertson received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota, School of Law, in 1975. He engaged in private practice from 1975 until his appointment to the circuit court bench in 1986. During this time he also served as a deputy state’s attorney and as an attorney for several municipalities and school districts. He is the past President of the South Dakota Judges Association, and he is a member of the Glacial Lakes Bar Association, the Brown County Bar Association, and the South Dakota Bar Association. He is the First Vice-President of the Conference of Chief Justices and chairs its Committees on Tribal/State Relations and the Task Force on Politics and Judicial Selection. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts for his defense of judicial independence. He serves on the Judicial-Bar Liaison Committee of the State Bar Association and has served as a Court Counselor at South Dakota Boys State since 1995. He and wife Deb have four children.
Reflections on the Rural Practice of Law in South Dakota - Keynote Address by Chief Justice Gilbertson
Chief Justice Gilbertson delivered the keynote address at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom. The Chief Justice discussed the past, present, and future of rural practice in South Dakota, with a focus on HB1096, which provides for financial incentives for attorneys practicing in rural areas of the state.