State Bar elects foundation directors

State Bar elects foundation directors At its annual convention this summer, the State Bar of South Dakota elected five new members to The University of South Dakota Law School Foundation Board of Directors. The Law School Foundation is the fund raising arm of South Dakota's only law school. The five new directors, practicing attorneys from around the state, were elected to two-year terms.

David J. Larson of Chamberlain was elected from the Fourth Circuit. Larson, who graduated from the USD School of Law in 1975, engages in a general practice in Chamberlain. He is a past State Bar Commissioner and is currently on a State Bar committee which is revising title standards.

Stephanie E. Pochop of Gregory and Charles P. Schroyer of Pierre will represent the Sixth Circuit. Pochop, who graduated from the USD School of Law in 1991, practices law with the firm of Johnson, Eklund, Nicholson, Peterson & Fox in Gregory. She has a general practice with emphasis on employment law and civil law litigation. Schroyer, a 1969 graduate of the USD School of Law, is a partner in the Pierre firm of Schmidt, Schroyer & Moreno. He has a general practice with an emphasis on legislative representation. He is also on the board of the South Dakota Community Foundation.

John K. Nooney of Rapid City was elected from the Seventh Circuit. Nooney is a partner in the firm of Morrill, Thomas Nooney & Braun LLP in Rapid City. He graduated from the USD School of Law in 1984 and is a past president of the Pennington County Bar Association. He has a general practice with an emphasis on real estate law and corporate law for public utilities.

Steven M. Christensen of Sturgis will represent the Eighth Circuit. Christensen is a partner in the firm of Christensen & Fredrickson, LLP, with offices in both Deadwood and Sturgis. He has a general practice. Christensen, a 1975 honor graduate of the USD School of Law, served as a governor of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association from 1991-94. Christensen was appointed to be a circuit judge in 1993 by Governor Walter Dale Miller, but declined the position to stay in private practice.

For more information, contact: Diane May, Associate Dean, USD School of Law, at (605) 677-6356.

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