Roger Leland Wollman
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
July 22, 1985
|Nominated by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
April 24, 1999 – February 1, 2002
|Preceded by||Pasco Bowman|
|Succeeded by||David Hansen|
May 29, 1934 |
Frankfort, South Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tabor College, Kansas
University of South Dakota School of Law
Roger L. Wollman (born May 29, 1934, in Frankfort, South Dakota) is an American jurist, federal judge, and former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is the older brother of Harvey L. Wollman, former Governor of South Dakota.
Early life and education
Roger's parents were Edwin J. Wollman (1907–1981) and Katherine (Kleinsasser) Wollman (1905–2002). His ancestors were ethnic Germans living in Russia. He attended Doland High School. Wollman received a B.A. from Tabor College in 1957. He was in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. He then attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 1962. In 1964, he received an LL.M from Harvard Law School.
Wollman began his career as a law clerk to George T. Mickelson of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota from 1962 to 1963. He was in private practice of law in Aberdeen, South Dakota, from 1964 to 1971, and served as a State's attorney of Aberdeen from 1967 to 1971.
Prior to his nomination to the Eighth Circuit, Wollman served for fourteen years on the Supreme Court of South Dakota. From 1978 to 1982, he served as Chief Justice on that Court.
Nomination to the Eighth Circuit
Wollman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 25, 1985, to a new seat created by statute. Wollman was confirmed by the Senate on July 19, 1985, and he received his commission on July 22, 1985. From 1999 to 2002, Wollman served as chief judge for the Eighth Circuit.
Judge Wollman maintains his chambers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
- Roger Leland Wollman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|New seat||Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit