Lammers, faculty, donors honored at Legends and Legacy BanquetMadison attorney Jerome B. Lammers was inducted into the Dakota State University Innovators and Influencers Hall of Fame at the annual Legends and Legacy Banquet March 1.
Founded in 2010, the Innovators and Influencers Hall of Fame is dedicated to men and women who have made a difference by positively altering the course of event
s for Dakota State or the state of South Dakota. The inaugural inductees were former Gov. Bill Janklow and Jerry Prostrollo. Robert McCaughey was inducted in 2011. Lammers is a former state legislator, and was recognized for his service to the state of South Dakota, and to Dakota State in that body, especially during the 1984 Dakota State mission change.
As a Madison native, Lammers was familiar with Dakota State and the impact the university had on the community when he was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives for the first of eight terms in 1976. Lammers became an advocate for Dakota State in his roles as House Speaker Pro Tempore (1981-82), Speaker of the House (1983-84), House Assistant Majority Leader (1985-86), and House Majority Leader (1987-92). When Dakota State needed a strong voice in the state capitol, Lammers stood shoulder to shoulder with college and community leaders, shepherding the mission change through the legislative process, and ensuring the future of DSU. In his induction remarks, Lammers gave credit to the group of dedicated Madison community members and Dakota State faculty and staff who ensured the future success of Dakota State.
Lammers served on various legislative committees during his tenure in Pierre including State Affairs (Chr.), Judiciary (Chr.), Legislative Procedure (Chr.), Local Government, Health & Welfare, Retirement Laws, and Rules Review. He was on the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council (1979-84), served as chair in 1979, and served on the Law and Justice Committee (Vice-Chair). He was also on the State-Federal Assembly, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Reapportionment Committee, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Legislative Operations Committee, the Council of State Governments, and was chairperson of the Five-State Legislative Conference in 1981.
Along with his professional service, Lammers is active in civic organizations. He is a past president and current member of the Madison Kiwanis, was a member of the Madison Elks, and is past president of St. John Lutheran Church. He served on the Bethel Lutheran Home Board and was chair of the Lake County Crippled Children for 11 years. He was a board member for Children’s Care Hospital and School Foundation from 1982 – 2001.
Lammers graduated from Madison High School in 1955, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota in 1961. He was admitted to the South Dakota Bar in 1961, the same year he joined the J.H. Lammers law firm, now known as Lammers, Kleibacker & Brown, LLP. Lammers served as Deputy State’s Attorney, Lake County State’s Attorney, and was elected to the South Dakota Bar Commission. He is a past member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. His areas of practice include corporations, political subdivisions, domestic relations, personal injury, contracts, taxation, probate, and real estate.
The Legends and Legacy Banquet is an annual event, honoring donors to Dakota State including the philanthropists of the year.