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Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. 


“Sandra Hanson is a conscientious, respected attorney,” said Governor Daugaard.  “She will make an excellent judge, and I thank her for serving the public in this way.”


Hanson is a native of Langford.  She is a partner with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, where she has practiced since 1993.  From 1992 to 1993, Hanson clerked for Hon. Donald J. Porter, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.  Hanson earned her undergraduate degree from Northern State University and her law degree from the University of South Dakota, where she was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review.


“I am humbled and grateful to accept this appointment,” said Hanson.  “I will do my best to honor that trust in serving the people of South Dakota in the Second Circuit.”


Hanson is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and the Society for Human Resources Management.  She is the chair of the Civil Service Board for the City of Sioux Falls, a member of the state leadership board for the American Cancer Society, and a past director of Volunteers of America of the Dakotas. 


Hanson will succeed Mark Salter, who the Governor appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court earlier this year.  The Second Circuit includes Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.