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Gov. Daugaard Names Patricia DeVaney As Sixth Circuit Judge

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501

(605) 773-3212


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Joe Kafka at 605-773-3212


Gov. Daugaard Names Patricia DeVaney As Sixth Circuit Judge

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Patricia DeVaney as a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial Circuit.


DeVaney will fill the vacancy created last year when the Governor appointed Judge Lori S. Wilbur to the South Dakota Supreme Court.  The Sixth Circuit includes Bennett, Gregory, Haakon, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Todd, and Tripp counties.


“Patty DeVaney is a talented attorney who has distinguished herself during two decades of service as an assistant attorney general,” Gov. Daugaard said.  “Those who worked with her, and those who have worked opposite her, speak of Patty in the very highest terms.  I am very pleased that she has agreed to serve our state as a circuit judge.”


DeVaney is a native of Polo, S.D.


“I want to thank Gov. Daugaard for this opportunity,” DeVaney said.  “I have worked hard to represent the people of our state as an assistant attorney general, and I will work just as hard as a judge to administer justice fairly.”



About Patricia DeVaney     *(dih-VAN’-ee)


DeVaney is a graduate of Polo High School.  She attended the University of South Dakota, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1990.  DeVaney earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, and returned to South Dakota to join the Attorney General’s office in 1993.


In her two decades as an assistant attorney general, DeVaney has been involved in a number of complex and high-profile cases, including prosecutions of serial killer Robert Leroy Anderson, rapist Ted Klaudt, and Ethan Johns, who killed a Turner County sheriff’s deputy, as well as  defense of the state in civil cases involving abortion litigation and school funding.


DeVaney is a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the St. Joseph School Board in Pierre.  She and her husband, Fred, have three children.