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Lawrence Leroy Piersol
File:Lawrence Piersol.jpg
Born Lawrence Leroy Piersol
October 21, 1940(1940-10-21) (age 81)
Vermillion, South Dakota
Education University of South Dakota (BA, JD)
Political party Democratic

Lawrence Leroy Piersol (born October 21, 1940) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.

Early life and education[]

Born in Vermillion, South Dakota, Piersol received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 1962 and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1965.

Career[]

Piersol attended The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School at the University of Virginia and entered Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, where he served in from 1965 to 1968. He was in private practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1968 to 1993. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, serving as Minority Whip (1971 to 1972) and Majority Leader (1973 to 1974).[1]

Federal judicial service[]

On August 6, 1993, Piersol was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota vacated by Donald James Porter. Piersol was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 20, 1993, and received his commission on November 22, 1993. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2005 and assumed senior status on July 31, 2009.

References[]

External links[]

  • Lawrence L. Piersol at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Donald James Porter
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
1993–2009
Succeeded by
Jeffrey L. Viken
Preceded by
Richard Battey
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Karen Schreier

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