Roger Leland Wollman
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
April 24, 1999 – February 1, 2002
|Preceded by||Pasco Bowman II|
|Succeeded by||David R. Hansen|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
Assumed office |
July 22, 1985
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 98 Stat. 333|
Roger Leland Wollman|
May 29, 1934
Frankfort, South Dakota
|Relations||Harvey L. Wollman (brother)|
Tabor College (B.A.)|
University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D.)
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
Roger Leland Wollman (born May 29, 1934) is a United States Circuit 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
Born in Frankfort, South Dakota, Roger's parents were Edwin J. Wollman (1907–1981) and Katherine (Kleinsasser) Wollman (1905–2002). His ancestors were ethnic Germans living in Russia and Wollman grew up Mennonite. He attended Doland High School. Wollman received a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 with a Juris Doctor. In 1964, he received a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
Wollman began his career as a judicial law clerk to Judge George Theodore 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 Brown County, South Dakota, (in Aberdeen) from 1967 to 1971. Wollman served for fifteen years on the Supreme Court of South Dakota, including as Chief Justice from 1978 to 1982.
Federal judicial service
Wollman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 25, 1985, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. South Dakota senior senator Larry Pressler worked with the White House to secure this nomination, and recommended Wollman as a conservative judge. He was the first South Dakotan on that court in 25 years. Wollman was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 19, 1985, and he received his commission on July 22, 1985. From 1999 to 2002, Wollman served as Chief Judge. Wollman maintains his chambers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On February 9, 2018, Roger Wollman notified President Donald Trump that he intends to step down as active judge no later than the end of 2018. He will instead be a senior circuit judge, continuing to hear some cases. Wollman is the longest-serving judge on the Eighth Circuit Court.
- Ellis, Jonathan (February 9, 2018). "Pillar of S.D. legal community stepping aside". Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
- "Doland Public School Quick Facts". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- "Wollman, Roger Leland - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Roger Leland Wollman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Pasco Bowman II
| Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
David R. Hansen