Janklow appoints regent to fill judge vacancy

Janklow appoints regent to fill judge vacancy Gov. Bill Janklow said Tuesday he has appointed David Gienapp, a long-time lawyer from Madison, as a South Dakota circuit judge.

"He has a full career of public service. The Judicial Qualifications Commission in nominating him found him to be exceptionally qualified," Janklow said.

Gienapp, 60, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Eugene Martin of Huron, who's been on the Third Circuit bench since 1979.

Gienapp is a past president of the South Dakota State Bar Association, the professional organization for lawyers in the state, and for the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He is a partner in the Madison law firm of Arneson, Issenhuth and Gienapp, where he's worked since 1976.

He previously served from 1969 through 1976 as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Justice Department in South Dakota and from 1968 through 1969 as an assistant attorney general for the state Office Attorney General in South Dakota. He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1967 and his bachelor of arts degree from The University of South Dakota in 1964.

Gienapp is a past member of the Lake Central (Madison) school board, serving from 1979 through 1988, and of the state Board of Education that oversees K-12 and technical schools, from 1988 through 1994, including one year as chairman. Janklow appointed Gienapp in 1993 to also serve on the state Board of Regents that governs South Dakota's public universities. Gienapp will step down from the regents post in the near future.

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