Press Release: James A. Power Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge Position G

James A. Power Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge Position G 

Sioux Falls SD – James A. Power announced today that he is seeking the position of Circuit Court Judge Position G.  Power has been a dedicated and successful attorney and pastor for over 20 years.

Power’s campaign will emphasize his commitment to getting cases right. “I will treat all individuals with respect, and give all cases the attention they deserve.  My decisions will be based on the law and evidence, not preconceived notions or stereotypes.  I appreciate the importance of keeping Sioux Falls safe.  Criminal sentences should reflect the seriousness and level of danger associated with the crime.”

Power’s career has taken him many places, but his desire to serve others has stayed the same.  Power got his start as a law clerk for a federal judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. There he learned the inner workings of the court system by drafting opinions and attending appellate court arguments.  He then moved on to a position with the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi, L.L.P.  as a trial lawyer in 1993.  His experience at this national law firm diversified Power’s knowledge of the law and included multi-million dollar disputes concerning carpet factories.  In 1998, Power had a different calling; he enrolled at the Dallas Theological Seminary.  He worked his way through seminary as a part time associate at a local law firm in Dallas.  After graduating from seminary with honors, Power and his newly wed wife Lara moved to the Midwest.  There he was a pastor at a local church in Andover, Minnesota.  The church consisted of 550 families and for five years Power lead adult ministries.  In 2006, Power moved to Sioux Falls so his growing family could be closer to Lara’s family.  He then began practicing law again at Woods, Fuller, Shultz, & Smith, P.C, one of South Dakota’s largest law firms.  Power has put his roots into the community of Sioux Falls by teaching Sunday school at his church, serving on the advisory board for The Banquet, and serving as President of the Second Circuit Bar Association.

Power’s career has uniquely equipped him to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.  “My training as a lawyer and a pastor has provided me with the integrity, patience, and dedication to decide cases carefully and fairly.  I am incredibly blessed to live in Sioux Falls and would love to serve a community that has given so much to my family and me.  My promise is to use every ounce of my ability to decide each case correctly.”

Power attended George Washington Law School, where he was a managing editor of the Law Review and graduated with high honors in 1992.  He has an undergraduate business degree with honors from the Wharton School of Business.  He lives with his wife and three children in Sioux Falls.

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