Vermillion law firm hires local attorney

Vermillion law firm hires local attorney The long-established Vermillion law firm that is now Bogue, Weeks & Collier has announced that Tom Sorensen, Vermillion, has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Sorensen, 48, has been employed at the firm for more than a year while finishing school at The University of South Dakota School of Law. He graduated from USD Law in May 1999, and was admitted to practice in South Dakota Sept. 27, and admitted to practice in the US District Court, District of South Dakota, Oct. 18.

"I feel very fortunate to be an attorney with this old, respected law firm," said Sorensen, "and look forward to continued involvement in my home community and serving people in this area."

Sorensen was born, raised, schooled and married in Vermillion. He and Mary Johnson Sorensen have been married for 28 years and have three grown daughters, Sarah, Rachel and Jessica, as well as a granddaughter, Mattea.

While at USD law school, Sorensen was president of the first Class of 1999 and was named to the dean's list by the time he graduated in May.

Sorensen graduated from USD in 1996, receiving a bachelor of liberal studies degree, with a minor emphasis in Indian studies, including Lakota language. During the time Sorensen finished his undergraduate studies, he was employed full time as the initial talk show host of South Dakota Forum and as news director for the South Dakota Public Radio Network, headquartered in Vermillion.

The Sorensen family returned to Vermillion in 1986. Prior to that, Sorensen was a newsman for the Associated Press in Bismarck, ND, and was news director at WDAY Radio in Fargo, ND. He was director of news and public affairs for KSOO Radio in Sioux Falls from 1973 to 1983, and during that time was also a teaching assistant in the journalism department of South Dakota State University in Brookings.

His start in radio was at KVRA/KVRF-FM in Vermillion, predecessor to KVHT/KOSZ. Sorensen limited himself to two terms on the Vermillion City Council, serving as alderman for the northeast ward from 1990 to 1994.

He remains an active member of the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad and is a state-certified instructor for the fire service. Sorensen remains active in community and is a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Bogue, Weeks & Collier also currently employs Stacy Dummer of the Bonesteel area. Dummer came to the firm in 1991. She is a 1999 graduate of National American University with an AAS in paralegal studies. The firm also employs Sherri Bousquet (Taylor until very recently) of Elk Point, who has been with the firm for about a year.

Bogue, Weeks & Collier is located at 9 East Main Street in the heart of downtown Vermillion.

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