|Current Court Information:|
|South Dakota Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Bill Janklow|
|Active:||2002 - 2014|
|Past post:||South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit|
|Past term:||1986 - 1995|
|Undergraduate:||University of South Dakota, 1972|
|Law School:||University of South Dakota, 1975|
Steven L. Zinter is an associate justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. Republican Governor Bill Janklow appointed Justice Zinter to the state's highest court in 2002, representing the Third District. Zinter was retained in 2006, and his current term ends in 2014.
Zinter served as an attorney in private practice from 1978 to 1986, also serving as an assistant Attorney General for the State of South Dakota from 1975 to 1978 and as the state's attorney for Hughes County. In 1987, Zinter was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court. He became the presiding judge in 1997. In 2002, Zinter joined the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Awards and associations
- Former Trustee of the Harry S. Truman Foundation
- Past President, South Dakota Judges Association
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Zinter received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.23, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 1.05 that justices received in South Dakota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Members of the South Dakota Supreme Court, with biographies
- Project Vote Smart biography, Justice Steven L. Zinter (SD)
|Former||Richard Sabers • Judith Meierhenry • Roger Wollman •|