PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Patricia DeVaney has been sworn in as South Dakota’s newest Supreme Court justice.
DeVaney took her oath of office in the state’s Capitol Rotunda in Pierre Thursday, steps away from the Attorney General’s Office where she spent much of her career.
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem highlighted DeVaney’s work as an assistant attorney general prosecuting one of South Dakota’s serial killers, Robert Leroy Anderson. Noem also highlighted DeVaney’s work defending the constitutionality of South Dakota’s laws requiring “informed consent” prior to an abortion.
DeVaney remained with the Attorney General’s Office until 2012, when former-Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed her to South Dakota’s 6th Judicial Circuit. She fills the seat vacated by Justice Steven Zinter, who died unexpectedly last October.