Davenport Evans partner Sandra Hoglund Hanson has been appointed a judge in the Second Judicial Circuit Court, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office announced Wednesday. Sandra was born in Langford, SD, and is a partner at Davenport Evans, having practiced with the firm since 1993.
“Sandra Hanson is a conscientious, respected attorney,” Daugaard said in a statement. “She will make an excellent judge, and I thank her for serving the public in this way.” Hanson is taking over for Mark Salter, whom Daugaard appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court this year. The circuit covers Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. “I am humbled and grateful to accept this appointment,” Hanson said in a statement. “I will do my best to honor that trust in serving the people of South Dakota in the Second Circuit.”
Keith Gauer, a member of the Davenport Evans Management Committee, stated, “While we will miss our partner, we are very proud that she has been chosen. The Governor made an excellent choice.”
Prior to her practice at Davenport Evans, Hanson clerked for Donald J. Porter, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, in 1992 and 1993. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern State University and a law degree from the University of South Dakota. At USD, she was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review.
Hanson is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and the Society for Human Resources Management. She is chair of the City of Sioux Falls Civil Service Board, serves on the state leadership board for the American Cancer Society, and also on the Human Resources Committee for Volunteers of America, Dakotas.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the State’s largest law firms. The firm’s attorneys provide business and litigation counsel to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas. For more information about Davenport Evans, visit www.dehs.com.