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
||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.