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Charles Kornmann

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Charles Kornmann
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   3/24/1995 - 7/31/2008
Senior:   7/31/2008 - Present
Preceded by:   John B. Jones
Succeeded by:   Roberto Lange
Personal History
Born:   1937
Hometown:   Watertown, SD
Undergraduate:   College of St. Thomas, B.A., 1959
Law School:   Georgetown U. Law Center, LL.B., 1962
Military service:   U.S. Army 1962 - 1963

Charles B. Kornmann is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Kornmann Graduated from the College of St. Thomas with his bachelor's degree in 1959 and later graduated from Georgetown University with his law degree in 1962. From 1962 to 1963, Kornmann served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict.[1]

Professional career

Kornmann started his legal career in the legislative fold first as a Legislative assistant for the former Senator George McGovern in 1963 and also served as the Executive secretary of the South Dakota Democratic Party from 1963-1965. In 1964, Kornmann entered into private practice and served 31 years in private practice, in addition to serving in private practice, Kornmann was the part-time Assistant city attorney for the City of Aberdeen, South Dakota from 1970 to 1986.[1]

Judicial career

District of South Dakota

On the recommendation of Senator Tom Daschle, Kornmann was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 23, 1995 to a seat vacated by Judge John B. Jones as Jones went on senior status. Kornmann was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 24, 1995 on a majority voice vote and received commission on March 24, 1995 before later assuming senior status on July 31, 2008.[1]

Notable cases

Cheyenne-Eagle School District dress codes

Judge Kornmann presided over a suit filed by parents of Cheyenne-Eagle school district students and the Cheyenne river Sioux Tribe against the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School district. The school district imposed a new dress code requiring students to wear dress shirts and pants or skirts; this was done because school administrators felt it would reduce violence in the schools. The plaintiffs asserted that the dress code was in violation of the students' constitutional rights to free expression, and federal regulations requiring the school to consult with tribes and parents of Indian children when they develop their programs and policies. Judge Kornmann scheduled a hearing but before it was held the tribe's lawyer informed him that the tribal council had withdrawn its support for the suit; Kornmann then granted the school district's request to dismiss the lawsuit and gave leave for parents to file a new legal challenge if they choose.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John B. Jones
District of South Dakota
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:
Roberto Lange