BHSU professor continues work on historic SD Supreme Court website

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, January 29, 2016/Categories: 2016

Dr. John Glover

In 2015 Black Hills State University professor Dr. John Glover and a group of partners spearheaded The Judicial Voices Project, a collaborative effort to capture the history of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

In March, Glover, professor of American Indian studies at BHSU, along with others involved in the project, will unveil the work they have completed since The Judicial Voices Project's launch.

The Judicial Voices Project Premiere and Panel Discussion will be held Monday, March 28 at noon at the University of South Dakota School of Law. The luncheon and presentation will showcase the updated website and offer a panel discussion on the work completed so far.

Glover, along with South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Michael Benowitz, assistant director of MSLS and the Historical Society of the New York Courts, are slated to speak at the event, sharing their researching and encouraging discussion. Benowitz also will share the progress New York has made in recording the history of its state Supreme Court.

The Judicial Voices Project emerged when the South Dakota Supreme Court visited BHSU in 2013 to hold sessions. Glover was curious on the history of the state court system, but didn't find adequate historical records.

"The history of the courts is a forgotten history," Glover said. "We have much written on presidents, governors, other executives, but there has never been a comprehensive history on the South Dakota Supreme Court."

Since beginning the project, Glover has interviewed more than a dozen justices for the project. In addition to South Dakota, only about half a dozen states have recorded history of their Supreme Courts.

"In South Dakota we are on the cutting edge of completing this historical work," Glover added.

To learn more about The Judicial Voices Project, visit or email

The Judicial Voices Project is supported by BHSU, the South Dakota Supreme Court, the University of South Dakota School of Law, the Unified Judicial System, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and Woods, Full, Schultz & Smith P.C. in Sioux Falls. Several BHSU graduates participated in the project, as well, including Prairey Walking, Shane Arts and Annie Woodle.

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