Gov. names Rapid City attorney, former Oglala Sioux Supreme Court justice as 7th Circuit judge

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a new circuit court judge to fill the seat vacated by state Supreme Court Justice Janine Kern.

Daugaard says Jane Wipf Pfeifle (FY'-flee) of Rapid City will preside as a circuit court judge in South Dakota's Seventh Circuit Court. She fills the vacancy created last year when Daugaard appointed Kern to the state's high court.

The Seventh Circuit includes Custer, Fall River, Pennington and Shannon counties.

Pfeifle is a shareholder of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, a law firm she joined in 1986. She primarily focuses on employment law, education law and civil litigation.

Pfeifle served from 1998 to 2005 as an associate justice of the Oglala Sioux Nation Supreme Court.

She has been active in the South Dakota and Sicanju Oyate Bar Associations.

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