The following is shared courtesy of the, Stu Whitney, and South Dakota News Watch

Eric Schulte and Camela Theeler, both of Sioux Falls, were officially nominated Wednesday as federal district judges by President Joe Biden’s administration, putting South Dakota’s U.S. District Court one step closer to having full representation for the first time in nearly two years.

The judicial candidacies and the process surrounding them were first reported by South Dakota News Watch.

The White House announced the names as part of a new round of judicial nominees Wednesday morning, calling the nominees “extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.” The announcement marked Biden’s 45th round of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees under his administration to 219. So far, 177 judges have been confirmed.

Schulte, a litigation lawyer with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP in Sioux Falls, is a former president of the State Bar of South Dakota whose legal work focuses on general civil litigation, insurance defense, and commercial and complex litigation.

Theeler is a state circuit court judge and former assistant U.S. attorney who also worked in private practice with Lynn, Jackson, Schultz & Lebrun in Sioux Falls before being named assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division of the U.S. attorney’s office in 2012. The Pierre native was appointed in 2018 by former Gov. Dennis Daugaard to South Dakota’s Second Judicial Circuit, which serves Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.

Both nominees are graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law.

The names are now sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where committee members can question the nominees in a public hearing before reporting them favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation to the full Senate for a floor vote for confirmation.

“These are good choices for South Dakota and the effective administration of justice,” said Sioux Falls lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, who served on a committee to identify candidates early in the process. “I applaud President Biden for these nominations.”  Read more…

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