Hope Okerlund Matchan
Hope Okerlund Matchan

Hope Okerlund Matchan

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Biography

Hope Okerlund Matchan honed her skills as an attorney practicing law for over 25 years, of those Hope has spent 20 years in a courtroom. She has also served as Chief Criminal Deputy for the State's Attorney and was named prosecutor of the year in 2005.

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • Juris Doctor - 1992
  • University of South Dakota School of Business
    • Bachelor of Science - 1988

Classes & Seminars

  • Trainer, Midwest Children's Resource Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, Medical Evidence
  • Panel Participant, Fifth Annual Community Response, Child Abuse, April 2004
  • Training Team Member, S.D. Network against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Panel Participant, University of South Dakota Case Conference on Child Injuries
  • Panel Participant, A Community Response to Child Abuse
  • Instructor, Domestic Violence Law, Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Instructor, Criminal Law, Sioux Falls Police Department Recruits
  • Instructor, Criminal Law, Minnehaha County Reserve Law Enforcement Program

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Chair, St. John ALC Social Concerns Committee, 2014
  • Member, St. John ALC Nominating Committee, 2013 to 2014
  • Member, Family Selection Committee, Habitat for Humanity, 2009 to 2010
  • Member, Sanford Child Abuse & Neglect Team, 1998 to 2010
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Women in Law, 2005 to 2006

Published Works

  • Joint Author, Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Professional Associations

  • The State Bar of South Dakota, Member, 1992 to 2014
  • South Dakota States Attorneys Association, Director, 2005 to 2008

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1992

Honors

  • Graduate Leadership Sioux Falls, 2005
  • Prosecutor of the Year, 2005