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KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that we, Patricia Meyers, John Simko and Robert C. Riter, Jr., have associated ourselves together for the purpose of forming a non-profit body corporate in accordance with the provisions of the South Dakota Non-profit Corporation Act, and do hereby make, execute and acknowledge, in duplicate, this certificate in writing, all as follows:


          The corporate name of this association shall be: South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association.


          The purpose or purposes for which said association is formed are:

          a.  (1)  Educating attorneys, offering advice as appropriate to parties, including 
                     governmental bodies or agencies, and improving the defense of civil 

              (2)  Establish a high standard of ethics.

              (3)  Clarifying and simplifying trial procedures.

              (4)  Promote a program of continuing education in defense of civil actions.

              (5)  Establish rules and laws calculated to promote the ideals and purposes of 
                    the advocate system.

              (6)  Encourage and assist younger members of the Bar to become defense 

              (7)  To promote justice and efficiency in all matters pertaining to the defense 
                    of civil cases.

          b.  To hold, purchase, acquire, lease and covey real and personal estate; to 
and intangible property of said association as security therefore.

          c.  To do all things as provided in the South Dakota Non-Profit Corporation Act,
               SDCL Chapters 47-22 to 47-26, both inclusive.


          The principal place of the business shall be located at 310 S. 1st Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57102, and resident agent shall be John Simko.  The initial registered office is 310 S. 1st Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57102.


          The affairs of the association shall be under the control of the "Board of Governors", except in case of special directives made by members, and said Board of Governors shall be in number of 8, and those who shall, as members of the Board of Governors, manage the affairs of the association until their successors are duly elected and qualified are:

Ms. Patricia A. Meyers P.O. Box 290
Rapid City, SD 57709
Mr. Thomas J. Welk P.O. Box 5015
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Mr. R. Greg Bartron P.O. Box 227
Watertown, SD 57201
Mr. John Simko  310 S. 1st Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57102 
Mr. Ronald J. Wheeler  P.O. Box 1363
Huron, SD 57350 
Mr. Lon J. Kouri  P.O. Box 88738
Sioux Falls, SD 57105 
Mr. Craig Kennedy  P.O. Box 37
Yankton, SD 57078 
Mr. Robert C. Riter, Jr.  319 S. Coteau - P.O. Box 280
Pierre, SD 57501 

At the first annual meeting and at each annual meeting thereafter, a Board of Governors will be elected in accordance with the provisions of the By-Laws of the association and the laws of the State of south Dakota, in such cases made and provided.



          Section 1.  This association shall have no capital stock.  Membership in the association shall be evidenced by membership certificates issued to applicants qualifying for membership and paying the membership fee, as provided in these Articles of Incorporation and in the By-Laws of the association.

          Section 2.  Membership in this association shall represent the right to share and participate equally with all other members of the association.



          The By-Laws of the association for the management of its affairs shall be adopted by the Board of Governors of said association, and said Board of Governors and members shall be empowered to amend or repeal said By-Laws in accordance with the provisions thereof.



          Cumulative voting shall not be allowed.



          The term for which this association shall exist shall be perpetual.



          This corporation is one which does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit and is organized solely for non-profit purposes.  Upon the winding up and dissolution of the corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation or corporation which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(C)(3) or 501(C)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we, the incorporators, do hereby take, sign, seal and acknowledge this certificate in triplicate.

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