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About The Judicial Voices Project...


The Judicial Voices Project is a collaborative attempt at capturing a historic snapshot of the South Dakota Supreme Court on its 125th Anniversary. Partners in this effort include...

History & Overview


The South Dakota Supreme Court has had a long and storied past since its inception 125 years ago. The Court has made great strides from its roots in the Territorial Supreme Court...

What is Oral History?


With the advent of writing came “history” – an author’s written account of past events. As these “histories” emerged, so too developed the rules, methods, and conventions commonly accepted for producing such work...


by Frank Pommersheim

This poem written for South Dakota's Quasquicentennial Celebration for the 125th Anniversary of the South Dakota Judiciary. 



Frank Pommersheim is serving on several Tribal Appellate Courts & serves as the Chief Justice for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals & the Rosebud Sioux Supreme Court...

Even though life

is a life sentence


All should be eligible

for the parole

of justice


Across the prairie

on both sides

of the River

School of Law

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