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Karen Schreier

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Karen Schreier
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   7/7/1999 - Present
Chief:   2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Battey
Personal History
Born:   1956
Hometown:   Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate:   St. Louis U., A.B., 1978
Law School:   Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1981

Karen E. Schreier is an Article III Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. She joined the Court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Schreier has been the Chief Judge of Court since 2006.

Early life and education

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Schreier graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor's degree in 1978 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1981.[1]

Professional career

Schreier was a law clerk for South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Francis Dunn from 1981 to 1982 before entering private practice in South Dakota until 1993.[1] President Bill Clinton nominated Schreier to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota from 1993 to 1999, which was approved by Senate vote.[2]

Judicial career

District of South Dakota

On the recommendation of Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnnson, Schreier was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota by President Bill Clinton on March 8, 1999 to a seat vacated by Richard Battey. Schreier was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 1999 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 7, 1999.[3]

Notable cases

Planned Parenthood challenges South Dakota 2011 abortion law (2012)

     United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD v. Daugaard, et al., No. CIV. 11-4071-KES)

In June 2012, Judge Karen Schreier, of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, permitted portions of the State of South Dakota's July 2011 abortion law to go into effect, including mandatory on-sight counseling to determine that a woman is not being coerced into having an abortion. Schreier blocked the entire law when the suit was first filed and continued to prevent the laws three-day waiting period and mandatory visits to a pregnancy crisis center from going into effect.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Battey
District of South Dakota
Seat #2
Succeeded by: