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About Scott

Scott Swier is the Founder and Managing Member of Swier Law Firm. He also leads the law firm's Business Litigation Practice Group and Education Law Practice Group. Scott is a recognized authority in state and federal legal matters. While serving in private legal practice and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Dakota, he has represented individuals, businesses, and government entities before state and federal trial courts, state and federal appellate courts, and state and federal regulatory agencies. As Assistant Attorney General, Scott served as counsel for the State of South Dakota in many high-profile cases and his clients included the Governor's Office, the Attorney General's Office, the Secretary of State's Office, the Department of Education, the Department of Revenue and Regulation, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Scott is also well-versed in the South Dakota legislative process, having coordinated legislative initiatives on behalf of the Attorney General's Office. Scott is a highly sought-after author and speaker on legal and legislative topics for state agencies, constitutional offices, and professional organizations, including the South Dakota State Medical Association, the South Dakota Pharmacists Association, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, the South Dakota Association of County Officials, theSouth Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota State's Attorney's Association, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, and the School Administrators of South Dakota. Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law where he teaches the popular "Education and the Law" course. He is also the author of numerous legal publications on the topics of estate planning, automobile and motorcycle accidents, school law, scientific evidence, and business law. In January 2015, Scott was featured on the cover ofSioux Falls BizNOW Magazine. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Mount Marty College in Yankton. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Lawwhere he served on the Board of Editors for the South Dakota Law Review.

work Experience

Founder and Managing Member
Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
Jan. 1, 2010 - Current
None

Assistant Attorney General/Director of Legislative Affairs
South Dakota Attorney General's Office
Jan. 1, 2008 - Jan. 1, 2010
None

Attorney
Private Practice
Jan. 1, 1998 - Jan. 1, 2008
None

Law Clerk
South Dakota - Seventh Judicial Circuit
Jan. 1, 1997 - Jan. 1, 1998
None

school Education

University of South Dakota School of Law
JD - Juris Doctor
- 1997

Mount Marty College
BA - Bachelor of Arts
- 1994

bookmark Awards

Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans
South Dakota Jaycees
2005
South Dakota Young Lawyer of the Year
South Dakota Bar Association
2002
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Mount Marty College
1998

group Associations

Adjunct Professor
University of South Dakota School of Law
2010 - Current

Member
South Dakota State Bar Association
1998 - Current

Member
Mount Marty College Board of Trustees
2011 - 2015

Member
South Dakota Attorney General's Open Government Task Force
2007 - 2008

Graduate
South Dakota Trial Academy
2005 - 2005

Chairperson
South Dakota Voices for Children
2005 - 2007

Adjunct Professor
Mount Marty College
2003 - 2004

Member
Nebraska State Bar Association
2001 - 2015

Board of Editors
South Dakota Law Review
1996 - 1997

import_contacts Published Works

The Tenuous Tale of the Terrible Termites: The Federal Arbitration Act and the Court's Decision to Interpret Section Two in the Broadest Possible Manner: Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies, Inc. v. Dobson
South Dakota Law Review
The Employee/Independent Contractor Dichotomy in South Dakota for Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Purposes: An Examination and Suggested Analytical Framework
South Dakota Law Review
Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: "Gatekeeping" or Industry "Safekeeping"? (with Honorable Janine M. Kern)
South Dakota Law Review
United States Supreme Court Extends Daubert Ruling in Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael
Newsletter of the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
Daubert, Kumho and the South Dakota Supreme Court's Most Recent Rulings Regarding "Reliability" and "Relevancy"
North Dakota Trial Association Pleader
The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in South Dakota After Daubert, Kumho, Hofer, and Guthrie
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Barrister
Daubert, Kumho, and Its Impact on South Dakota Jurisprudence (with Honorable Janine M. Kern)
South Dakota Law Review
The South Dakota Public Dispute Resolution Procedure and Public Records Act: A Fundamental Change in South Dakota Law
South Dakota Law Review
Estate Planning in South Dakota
Book
Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers in South Dakota
Book
South Dakota Public School Leaders And Title IX
Report
The South Dakota School Law Deskbook
Book
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