United States Attorney Ron Parsons attended the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15-17, 2018. The conference is a gathering of federal judges and attorneys in the Eighth Circuit, which consists of South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas.
The conference featured an address from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as an appearance by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Additional speakers included two native Iowans: Internationally renowned opera star Simon Estes and Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta. The conference was presided over by the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Of special note, Randy Seiler, former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service. Judge Richard S. Arnold (1936-2004) of Texarkana, Arkansas, served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1980 until his death in 2004. Recipients are honored for their professional excellence, leadership in the legal community, significant contributions of volunteer legal services in underserved communities, and service as a mentor to less-experienced lawyers or law students, all characteristics of Judge Arnold. Mr. Seiler is only the fourth South Dakotan to receive this coveted award.