September/October 2009 issue
New District Judge for District of South Dakota: Jeffrey L. Viken
Jeffrey L. Viken was born
in Huron, South Dakota.
He received his
undergraduate degree in
1974 and his law degree
in 1977 from the University of South Dakota.
From 1977 to 1981, he served as an Assistant
U.S. Attorney in the District of South Dakota.
During his time there, he served as First
Assistant U.S. Attorney and later as Acting U.S.
He worked in private practice in Rapid City
from 1981 to 2003, specializing in criminal and
civil litigation in federal court. From 2003 to
present he served as the Federal Public Defender
for North and South Dakota.
He will serve in Rapid City, replacing U.S.
District Judge Piersol, who assumed senior
status in July. Welcome, Judge Viken!