USD law school alumnus, Mark E. Salter has been appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Salter, adjunct professor and current Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge was appointed Thursday afternoon to the highest court in South Dakota.
According to a press release given from the university, Dean of the law school, Tom Geu said he had the “pleasure” of working with Salter in class and as an adjunct professor.
“He has been successful at everything he has tried to the benefit of justice and the public,” Geu said. “We are proud that Judge Salter is one of our own and we are confident in his legal knowledge and solid judgment.”
Salter was appointed to the Second Judicial Circuit Court in 2012 as a circuit judge and took office in 2013.
He has also sat as a temporary judge with the Supreme Court, presides for the Minnehaha County Veteran’s Treatment Court, and taught classes such as advanced criminal procedure and advanced appellate advocacy.
Governor Dennis Daugaard said Salter has a “brilliant legal mind.”
“Judge Salter is a brilliant legal mind, and he will be an outstanding addition to our state’s highest court,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “I also appreciate Judge Salter’s leadership of the veteran’s treatment court, and his commitment to new approaches to addressing the problems of addiction.”
Salter is a Thomas Sterling Honor Graduate of the USD School of Law for academic excellence. He also earned his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University.
Salter will succeed Justice Glen A. Severson, USD law school graduate.
Salter will become the 51st justice in the history of the South Dakota Supreme Court.