August 08, 2019

Patrick G. Goetzinger

Patrick Goetzinger
Tenth District (2022)
Partner with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore in Rapid City, South Dakota
University of South Dakota Law School, J.D. 1988

Patrick was the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division director and section council member (2001-2004). Past president of the State Bar of South Dakota (2011-2012) and South Dakota Bar Foundation (2016-2017). Member of the South Dakota Bar Foundation Board of Directors and founder of Project Rural Practice in 2011. Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Reason to serve: “It’s my rural state perspective and bringing the lessons I learned from launching Project Rural Practice, a successful program in a rural area on access to justice. Having that proven experience on access-to-justice issues in rural areas is a good story to tell and to keep in front of our ABA leaders as we talk about the future of the organization and how we serve our members.”

Plans for term: “Effective advocacy on behalf of our district and members of our district. I don’t have a specific program that I want to see passed or a specific issue that I have in my shortlist of things to do, but I want to deal with the issues brought before us and bring a rural state perspective to those issues.”

Positive experience with the ABA: “It is absolutely the interaction with the ABA leadership on Project Rural Practice. I remember it vividly: giving my three-minute report to the Jackrabbit Bar in Red Lodge, Montana, where we talked about launching Project Rural Practice, summarizing what the program is and what we were intending to accomplish. Fortunately, in the audience, I had Linda Klein, James Silkenat and Bob Carlson. They all marched up after my presentation and said, ‘You hit us right in the heart with this deal.’ They said, ‘You need to bring this to the House of Delegates, would you be willing to work with us on a resolution to be brought to the annual meeting in Chicago in the summer of 2012?’ I said absolutely, yes. That gave us a national audience for Project Rural Practice. Having the story to tell up to that point in time about the ABA’s support through their resolution, and it being an important issue to not only South Dakota lawyers but all lawyers, and tying it to access to justice themes that were being developed across the state and across the nation, it created a sense of urgency and additional credibility for why we need this kind of practice.”