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Roger Leland Wollman

Roger Wollman
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
July 22, 1985
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
April 24, 1999 – February 1, 2002
Preceded by Pasco Bowman
Succeeded by David Hansen
Personal details
Born (1934-05-29) May 29, 1934
Frankfort, South Dakota, U.S.
Alma mater Tabor College, Kansas
University of South Dakota School of Law
Harvard University

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 1
  • Early career 2
  • Nomination to the Eighth Circuit 3
  • Cases 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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.[1] 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 near the top of his class. In 1964, he received an LL.M from Harvard Law School.

Early career

Wollman began his career as a 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.



  1. ^ Doland Public School Quick Facts at the Wayback Machine (archived December 12, 2013)

External links

Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Preceded by
Pasco Bowman
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Succeeded by
David Hansen

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