Janine Kern ('85) has been appointed a justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, replacing retiring justice John K. Konenkamp. She had previously served for 18 years as a judge in the state's 7th Judicial Circuit. In announcing Kern's appointment to the five-justice panel, Gov. Dennis Daugaard praised her "rigorous legal mind, her conscientious work ethic, and her commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law." Kern will be the 49th justice in the history of South Dakota's high court, and the third female justice.