Robert Mandel '77 has just been appointed to the 7th Judicial Circuit by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. Mandel has spent almost 30 years working on complex criminal and civil cases in the U.S. Attorney's office, retiring at the end of this week as supervisory assistant U.S. Attorney in Rapid City, SD.
Mandel has prior judicial experience having served as a country judge in Mercer County, N.D., from 1979 to 1982. He was also a tribal judge in Fort Berthold Tribal Court from 1980 to 1982. Mandel presided over approximately 50 trials as a judge and prosecuted more than 100 trials.
"I don’t know that there’s ever been a more consummate expert of rules of evidence ever elevated to the bench than Bob Mandel,” said Rapid City attorney Patrick Duffy.
Mandel's experiences as a judge, and later as a prosecutor, have given him a broad background not only in criminal law but family law.
"I’ve done it all. There’s nothing I haven’t been exposed to over my years in practice,” Mandel said. "The best quality that I bring to this is that I listen.”
A Chicago native, Mandel graduated from Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Ill., and Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. Mandel and his wife, Kim, have one daughter.