July/August 2006 issue

New Judge for District of South Dakota: Charles L. Nail


On August 2, 2006, Judge Charles L. Nail, Jr., was sworn in as Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Dakota. The oath was administered by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Irvin N. Hoyt.

Charles L. Nail received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 1979. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He began his bankruptcy career in 1984 when he joined the Minneapolis law firm of Arnold & McDowell. His focus was Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases.

In 1988 he was appointed a Chapter 7 trustee for the District of Minnesota. Shortly after that he returned to South Dakota to become the first Assistant U.S. Trustee for the District of South Dakota. In addition, he was appointed to the Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee for the District of South Dakota.

In 1995 he was appointed the Bankruptcy Clerk for the District of South Dakota, and he served in that capacity until this appointment to the federal bench. In 1997 he initiated the move to electronic format. In 1999 the clerk’s office began making their documents available on-line, and in 2001 they went live with Case Management/Electronic Case Filing ("CM/ECF").

Judge Nail had his investiture ceremony on August 14. Welcome, Judge Nail!