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Leroy LaPlante, Jr.

  • Hosted by Access to Justice, Inc.
  • Service location Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Law school University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Family Law, Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2009
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Leroy’s project had three objectives: recruitment of pro bono attorneys, coordination of pro bono projects at the University of South Dakota School of Law and provision of direct legal services. As of 2009, there were 10 projects at the law school covering the following areas of law; human rights, family law, Indian law, tax, public defense, veterans rights, elder law, environmental law, and domestic violence. Leroy’s¬†caseload throughout this Fellowship consisted primarily of family law cases.

Next Steps

In 2023, LaPlante was named associate vice president for the Wokini Initiative at South Dakota State University, SDSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


J.R. Laplante Named Associate VP for Wokini Initiative at South Dakota State University

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