Jeffrey Viken

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Jeffrey Viken
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   09/30/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Lawrence Piersol
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Huron, SD
Undergraduate:   University of South Dakota, 1974
Law School:   University of South Dakota School of Law, 1977

Jeffery Lynn Viken is a Article III judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. He was nominated by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on September 29, 2009.[1]

Early life and education

Viken earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1974, and his Juris Doctor in 1977.[2]

Professional career

From 1977 to 1981, Viken worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of South Dakota. While there, Viken served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and then acting U.S. Attorney. From 1981 to 2003, Viken worked as an attorney in private practice in South Dakota, with an emphasis on criminal and civil litigation in the federal courts. Viken then served as Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota from 2003-2009.[2][3]

Judicial career

District of South Dakota

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Jeffrey Viken
 Court:District of South Dakota
 Progress:Confirmed 96 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:June 25, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:July 29, 2009
ApprovedAReported:September 10, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:September 29, 2009
 Vote: 99-0

On the recommendation of South Dakota U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, Viken was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 25, 2009, to a seat vacated by Lawrence Piersol.[2][4] Viken was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2009.[3]

Viken received a Well Qualified rating on a substantial majority from the American Bar Association.[5]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Viken's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Viken had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 29, 2009. The Committee voted to forward his nomination to the full Senate on September 10, 2009, and his nomination was confirmed on September 29, 2009.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lawrence Piersol
District of South Dakota
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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