Interview with Lawrence Piersol, December 6, 2018

Project: John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Lawrence L. Piersol is a Senior Judge on the District Court for the District of South Dakota.

In this interview, Judge Piersol talks about how he came to join the federal courts and his judicial service once he was on the bench. He describes how he grew up in Clay County, South Dakota, and chose law as his career. Piersol shares memories of his military service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and then of entering politics when he returned to South Dakota. He also talks about his career as a litigator in Sioux Falls, his nomination process for his federal judgeship, and his approach to judicial decision-making. Piersol then describes his judicial service outside the courthouse, particularly on the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council, the Judicial Conference of the United States, and the United States Sentencing Commission. He shares his experiences with federal sentencing, obtaining funding for Judicial Branch operations, and addressing judicial misconduct when needed. Piersol also describes his close friendship with Judge John G. Heyburn II, who he came to know while they both worked on the Judicial Conference’s budget committee.

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2018oh780_hey031

Interviewee Name

Lawrence Piersol

Interviewer Name

Anu Kasarabada

Interview Date

2018-12-06

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Piersol, Lawrence Interview by Anu Kasarabada. 06 Dec. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Piersol, L. (2018, December 06). Interview by A. Kasarabada. John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Piersol, Lawrence, interview by Anu Kasarabada. December 06, 2018, John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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