Samuel D. Kerr

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Rapid City, Spearfish, Sioux Falls

Sam Kerr concentrates his practice at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun on education law, labor and employment law, administrative law, and litigation.  He primarily represents public and private K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, and accrediting bodies, as well as employers from a variety of industries.  Sam is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in South Dakota.

Kerr, Samuel D.
Attorneys Samuel D. Kerr

Practices:

Sam is a native of Rapid City.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University, a Master’s of Education degree from South Dakota State University, a law degree from the University of Nebraska, and an Education Doctorate from the University of South Dakota.  Prior to joining Lynn Jackson, Sam was a high school teacher, and then was in private practice with another firm for over 9 years before re-entering the education sector where he served as provost, chief operating officer, general counsel, and faculty member.  Sam returned to private practice with Lynn Jackson in 2016.

In addition to an active legal practice, Sam teaches school law for the graduate school at the University of South Dakota.  He is an AV-rated lawyer and has been named to Best Lawyers in America® for education law.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the ASBSD Council of School Attorneys, serves as legal counsel for the School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD), and is a member of the National Association of College & University Attorneys.  Sam is also a member of the South Dakota, Pennington County, and American Bar Associations. 

In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as playing golf.  He and his wife have a daughter, who is also an attorney.

  • University of South Dakota, Ed.D., Education Administration, 2001
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, J.D., 1992
  • South Dakota State University, M.Ed., Education Administration, 1986
  • Black Hills State University, B.S.Ed., Secondary Education, 1982
  • Black Hills State University, B.S., English/History, 1982
  • Kerr, S., Morgen, M. An Overview of HLC’s Teach-Out Policy and Procedure. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2019)
  • Kerr, S., Sweeney, A., and Morgen, M. Change of Control, Structure or Organization: A Key HLC Policy in a Transforming Landscape. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2019)
  • Kerr, S. Selected HR Topics in SD Public Schools. Presented at SD COSA School Law Days, Rapid City, SD; Sioux Falls, SD. (November 2018)
  • Kerr, S., Wendler, D. Governance Structures in Higher Education and the Criteria for Accreditation. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2018)
  • Kerr, S., Wendler, D. A Critical Analysis of the Criteria for Accreditation and the Core Components. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2018)
  • Kerr, S., Martin, E. Change of Control, Structure or Organization: A Key HLC Policy in a Transforming Landscape. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2018)
  • Kerr, S., Sweeney, A. Teach-Out Policy and Procedure. Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 2018)
  • Kerr, S. Selected Conflict of Interest in SD Public Schools. Presented at SD COSA School Law Days, Rapid City, SD; Sioux Falls, SD. (October 2017)
  • Kerr, S., (May 2017). Dealing with the Trouble/Troubling Employee, National Business Institute, Employment Law: 2017 Comprehensive Guide Seminar, Rapid City, SD.
  • Kerr, S., and Martin E. (April 2017). Change of Control, Structure or Organization: What It Is and Why You Should Care, Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Kerr, S., Shape, R., and Zook, L. (April 2017). Planning a Successful Teach Out, Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Kerr, S., Murphy, S., and Wendler, D. (March 2017). Reaching Consensus During Team Deliberations, Presented at The Higher Learning Commission, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Kerr, S., Greene, T., and Shekleton, J. (February 2017). Title IX: Emerging Trends in Investigations, Speech, and Judicial Actions, Presented at South Dakota Higher Education Association, Annual Meeting, Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Kerr, S. (December 2016). South Dakota Occupational Growth Outlook. South Dakota Employment Law Letter, Vol. 21 (No. 11).
  • Kerr, S. (November 2016). Does Your Organization Suffer from Hiring Snooze? South Dakota Employment Law Letter, Vol. 21 (No. 10).
  • South Dakota Bar Association:  Chair, Education Law Committee (2015-Present); Committee member, Strategic Planning Committee (2017-present); Committee member,  SDBA Website Committee (2018-present); SDBA Member (1992-present).
  • American Bar Association: Member (1993-present); Member, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section (2015-Present).
  • Pennington County Bar Association.
  • South Dakota Council of School Attorneys (ASBSD): Member (2016-present); Board of Directors (2019-present); President (2018-2019).
  • School Administrators of South Dakota: serves as counsel to SASD.
  • Society of Human Resource Management: Member, (2002-present).
  • HLC Advanced Accreditation Certification in Peer Review (2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” Rated Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America®:
    • Education Law
  • Higher Learning Commission Advanced Accreditation Certificate in Peer Review (2015)
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Numerous presentations and training sessions for the Higher Learning Commission (2008-2016)
  • Richard Thompson Leadership Award (2007)
  • Captain, U.S. Army National Guard (1982-1993)
  • Adjunct faculty member, Division of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota
  • Graduate and undergraduate faculty member teaching Labor Law, Employment Law, and Human Resources Management
  • High School English/Journalism Teacher
  • Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce: Member of Governmental Affairs and Workforce Development Committees, (2016-present).

Contact

Main Office:

909 Saint Joseph Street - Suite 800
Rapid City, SD 57701
Directions 605-342-2592 - phone 605-342-5185 - fax

Support Team:

  • Jo Kortemeyer – Paralegal
    605-342-2592

Admissions:

  • State of South Dakota
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota

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