September/October 2014
Retirement: Judge John E. Simko

Judge John E. Simko, U.S.Magistrate Judge for the District of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, retired in September, 2014. Born in Sioux Falls in 1939, he graduated from Washington High School in 1957 and from Augustana College in 1961. His outstanding achievements in tennis, football, track, and basketball during high school and college earned him a place in both South Dakotaís Tennis Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame.

He served as a reserve in South Dakotaís Air Nationall Guard, 1961-1969, and attended the University of South Dakota, where he earned his masterís degree in education in 1963. He taught at Vermillion High School and was a graduate assistant and coach at the University of South Dakota, where he obtained his law degree in 1968.

He then entered private practice with the firm Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith, where he worked primarily in civil litigation until his appointment to the federal bench.

Judge Simko was sworn in as the district’s first full-time magistrate judge on September 1, 2000, suc­ceeding part-time Magistrate Judge Mark Marshall.

Congratulations, Judge Simko.