June 2017

Memorial: Judge Richard H. Battey

U.S. District Judge Richard H. Battey of the District of South Dakota passed away on May 6, 2017.
Richard Battey was born on October 16, 1929, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He served as a member of the South Dakota National Guard from 1947 to 1950 and graduated with his Bachelorís degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1950. Having joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve in 1951.
He graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1953 and entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch. He served in several roles, including Assistant Regimental Adjutant, beginning his career as a prosecutor.
Following his discharge from the Army in 1955, he entered private practice in Redfield, South Dakota, with the firm Norbeck & Gallagher, where he worked until 1985, becoming partner in 1956. He also served as Redfield City Attorney (1956-1963) and Stateís Attorney of Spink County, South Dakota (1959-1965 and 1981-1985).
During his years as a trial lawyer, he served on the South Dakota Board of Regents (1967-1973) and the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles (1976- 1981). He also was a lecturer at the University of South Dakotaís Criminal Justice Studies (1974-1977) and the State Bar Continuing Legal Education (1980).
In 1985, he was appointed U.S. District Judge for South Dakota, succeeding Judge Andrew Bogue. He served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 1998, assumed senior status on January 1, 1999, and retired on September 30, 2012.
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