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Johnson Abdallah Becomes Official Sponsor of Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls

Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP has reached an agreement with the City of Sioux Falls to become an official sponsor and marketing partner for the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.  This brand now facility is a state of the art events center with seating of up to 13,000 that will host concerts, sporting events, and conventions of national caliber.

DENNY SANFORD PREMIER CENTERJohnson Abdallah will join other sponsors and partners including First Premier Bank, Sanford Health, POET, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, KELOLAND Television, Lewis Drug, and Wellmark South Dakota.  The agreement includes a significant presence for Johnson Abdallah in the form of permanent signage in the main concourse of the event center.

“We are proud to partner with this tremendous facility that will bring so much to the City of Sioux Falls and our surrounding community for years to come,” said Scott Abdallah, managing partner of the firm.

http://www.siouxfalls.org/news/2014/04/14/3-ec-sponsors.aspx

Former First Lady Laura Bush Visits Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP in Connection with Charity Event

Laura BushFormer First Lady, Laura Bush, attended a reception at Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP on November 16, 2011 to help raise money for children's charities. The reception was part of the annual South Dakota Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Children's Charity Fundraiser which is organized each year by the Abdallah family. Following her initial reception at Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP, Mrs. Bush addressed approximately 1,600 people at the main event in the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. United States Attorney Brendan Johnson, a former partner at Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP, was on hand to welcome Mrs. Bush at the main event. To date, the South Dakota Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Children's Charity Fundraiser has raised well over $1,500,000 for needy children throughout South Dakota.

Former First Lady Laura Bush Visits Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP in Connection with Charity Event.

Sioux Falls law firm established and provided initial funding for Trial Advocacy Fellowship at the USD School of Law

The law firm is honored to have established and provided the initial funding for the University of South Dakota School of Law Trial Advocacy Fellowship.  The firm provided funding for this Fellowship from 2012 - 2014.  The Fellowship provides salary support in the area of trial advocacy at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

"For us, this was a harmonic convergence," stated Steven M. Johnson (USD School of Law, '76) of Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP. "It's an opportunity to give something back to the school we love, where most of us first learned to love the law, while at the same time promote excellence in trial and appellate advocacy, which is the primary focus of our firm."

The first recipient of the Trial Advocacy Fellowship is Thomas J. Horton, who joined the USD Law School faculty in 2009. Prior to joining South Dakota's Law School faculty, Horton spent 28 years litigating and trying antitrust and complex civil cases in federal courts throughout the United States. His career includes governmental stints with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission, and private practice as a partner with several major international law firms in the District of Columbia, including Howrey & Simon, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Horton received a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University, a M.A.L.S. (American Studies) from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in biological sciences from Harvard University.

The law firm established and provided the initial funding for the fellowship to assist the USD School of Law in offering high quality teachers and scholars, as well as a show of support for the trial technique courses and competitive national trial teams.

For more information about Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP, please visit the firm's website at www.johnsonabdallah.com. More information about the USD School of Law is also available on the web at www.usd.edu/law.

Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP Attorneys Discuss U.S. Supreme Court Experience at USD School of Law Symposium

Vermillion, S.D.   –   On March 1, 2012, Attorney Ron Parsons of Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP was invited by the University of South Dakota School of Law to discuss his experience in handling a case from the federal district court level all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

The case was Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association, commonly referred to as the “Beef Checkoff” case.  It presented a First Amendment challenge to compelled subsidies that all United States cattle producers are required by law to pay in order to support the promotion of domestic and foreign beef as a single, generic commodity.  Johnson Abdallah clients were South Dakota cattle producers who objected to being forced to pay for this generic promotion, rather than advertisements specifically promoting the sale of “U.S. Beef” as they wanted the program to do.  The government defended the program upon the basis that the marketing supported by the “Beef Checkoff” was “government speech” that was not susceptible to a First Amendment challenge.

Parsons successfully tried the case before U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Aberdeen.  At the Supreme Court level on appeal, they joined forces with Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe, who argued the case before the Justices, with Parsons also in attendance at counsel’s table in Washington D.C.  In an opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, a divided Supreme Court ultimately upheld the program.  Because it involved a new and somewhat controversial doctrine of First Amendment jurisprudence, the case has been the subject of much academic debate and scholarship since that time.

At the USD Law School Symposium, entitled “Debating the Doctrine: Government Speech,” Parsons discussed his involvement and the implications of this seminal case with constitutional scholars from across the country.  The Symposium was sponsored and underwritten by the South Dakota Law Review and the University of South Dakota.

More information on the Supreme Court case is available at http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2004/2004_03_1164/ .

Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP Attorneys Discuss US Supreme Court Experience at USD School of Law Symposium