Shane was appointed the City Attorney for the City of Lemmon in 2008 and continues to serve in this capacity. Mr. Penfield was elected as Perkins County State's Attorney during the 2008 general election and took office in January 2009. He currently holds regular office hours at his Bison office, located in the Perkins County Courthouse, every Tuesday. This is a part time position and allows Shane to continue to serve his client and expand his private practice in Bison.
Shane C. Penfield, Attorney at Law, Prof. L.L.C. opened in Lemmon, SD on October 15, 2007. Shane was raised on a commercial cow/calf operation near Lemmon and continues to be active in the ranching enterprise. He now lives on the family ranch with his wife Kelli and one year-old son, Nathan. Shane enjoys the general practice of law and finds its challenges to be very rewarding. He looks forward to building his practice and raising his family in the community where he grew up.
Shane earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1999. During this time, Shane was active on campus, holding various leadership positions while simultaneously fulfilling the duties of operations manager for a small transportation company in Vermillion. Shane also served as an intern for Senator Larry Pressler in his Rapid City Constituency Service Office in 1996 and as a legislative intern for Representative Roger Hunt in the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1998.
Governor Bill Janklow appointed Shane to the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1998 and was subsequently reappointed in 2000 and 2002. During his tenure on the Board of Regents, Shane served on the budget and finance committee, committee on academic and student affairs, the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Handicapped Advisory Board and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Presidential Search Committee. During his time on the Board, Shane took special personal interest in agricultural issues concerning the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service and SDSU Agriculture Experiment Stations.
Shane received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Administration in 2003 from the University of South Dakota. During law school, he continued to serve on the Board of Regents and was also elected by his peers to serve as Student Bar Association President. While obtaining his Public Administration degree, Shane served as a research assistant and contributed to the publishing of two books, one regarding South Dakota Politics and the other regarding the history of Vermillion.
After law school, Shane served as the law clerk for the judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Deadwood, South Dakota, and as a Teen Court Judge for Lawrence County. Shane was an associate at the law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Goodsell & Nelson, LLP in Rapid City, South Dakota from 2004-2007.