On October 28th, the South Dakota Law Review Editors for Volume 62 presented Steven W. Sanford with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Around 130 people came to Chef Dominique’s in Sioux Falls to celebrate Mr. Sanford’s numerous accomplishments in his legal career as well as the outstanding contributions that he has given and continues to give. Steve W. Sanford was an Editor for Volume 19 for the Review. He was published twice during law school, foreshadowing his future success and dedication. Dean Geu said, “The Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by Law School organizations.” Further, “[t]here is no more respected or humble a lawyer or citizen leader than Steve Sanford.”
Since graduating from the University of South Dakota School of Law, Sanford helped found what is now Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP in Sioux Falls, practicing primarily in civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in South Dakota’s state and federal courts, the federal district courts of Nebraska and Colorado, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the United States Supreme Court. He is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law, a section leader of the South Dakota Practice Course, on the faculty of the South Dakota Trial Academy, the author of numerous articles and a CLE instructor and speaker for the ABA Litigation Section, ABA Business Law Section, ABA National Institute on Agricultural & Agri-Business Financing, American Bankers Association, and the American Agricultural Law Association.
In the course of his career, Mr. Sanford has devoted substantial time as a board member and volunteer for numerous civic and charitable causes, including the Sioux Empire United Way, the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse, the Sioux Falls High School Foundation, South Dakota Children’s Home Society, the South Dakota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Washington Pavilion, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and Great Bear Recreational Park Inc. (the nonprofit operator of Great Bear Ski Valley). He is also a founder and director of Northern Prairies Land Trust and is Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota.
To congratulate Mr. Sanford in receiving the award, Dean Tom Geu, President James Abbott, Douglas Deibert, and William Garry all spoke at the event congratulating Mr. Sanford for receiving the award. Their speeches included reminiscences of why Mr. Sanford richly deserved this award as well as personal memories.
The South Dakota Law Review and the University of South Dakota School of Law are proud to have an alum as honorable and accomplished as Steven W. Sanford. He will forever be a Distinguished Alumni of the Review. The Editors of Volume 62 thank all who attended to celebrate Mr. Sanford in being so well-deserving of this award.