On June 23, 2016, Judge Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Judge for the District of South Dakota, was honored by the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association with the 2016 Fred J. Nichol Award for Outstanding Jurist.
The award is given to an outstanding trial or appellate judge who possesses unwavering personal integrity and maintains an exemplary standard of conduct that enhances the image of the judiciary and reinforces public confidence in the justice system. The judge receiving the award must also show respect and courtesy to the parties, witnesses, jurors, court personnel, and attorneys who appear in the judge’s courtroom and consistently make decisions that are well-reasoned and uphold the integrity and independence of the office.
Judge Schreier has a history of firsts. She was the first woman associate and partner at her law firm, Hagen, Wilka, Schreier and Archer. In 1993, she became the first woman to serve as United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. In 1999, she became the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in South Dakota, and she was the first woman to serve as Chief Judge in the district.
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