South Dakota State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson.
South Dakota State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson will discuss the state bar association’s push to attract young lawyers to practice in South Dakota’s rural communities during an open forum at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room inside the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The public forum is part of the Supreme Court’s September/October 2013 Term of Court at BHSU Sept. 30–Oct. 2. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases each morning with the cases starting each day at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The sessions will be held in the BHSU Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Gilbertson extended a special invitation to the residents of Spearfish and area communities to attend any of the Court’s sessions.

The Supreme Court rotates its October term among the state’s university campuses. The high court’s last visit to BHSU was in 2007.

“We are delighted to have this esteemed body on our campus again. The Supreme Court’s visit provides a great opportunity for our students, local high schools students and community members around the region to see history made by observing firsthand the workings of a vital branch of government,” said BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp.

In addition to the nine cases scheduled for oral argument during the September/October Term of Court, the Court will consider several non‑oral cases. People attending the sessions will receive a short synopsis of each case, as well as biographical information on the Justices and a short summary of appellate procedure. Details on the cases can be found at BHSU.edu/SupremeCourt.

During the open forum Oct. 1, Gilbertson will speak about Project Rural Practice, an initiative started in September 2011 to address the decline of attorneys practicing in rural communities. Gilbertson drew attention to the endangered status of main street attorneys in rural South Dakota during his 2011 State of the Judiciary address. The mission of Project Rural Practice is to identify the scope of the decline, assess its impact and develop recommendations.