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Linda Lea Margaret Viken, American lawyer. Bar: South Dakota 1978, United States District Court South Dakota 1978, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1981, United States Supreme Court 2005; certified family law trial advocate National Board Trial Advocacy, 1999, certified matrimonial law arbitrator American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006.


Viken, Linda Lea Margaret was born on October 27, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. Daughter of Carl Thomas and Eleanor Bertha (Zehnpfennig) Crampton.


Bachelor of Science in Business Education, University South Dakota, 1967. Juris Doctor, University South Dakota School Law, 1977.


Teacher, Yankton (South Dakot) High School, 1967-1969;teacher, Edison Junior High School, Sioux Falls, 1969-1975;private practice law, Sioux Falls, 1978;partner, Finch, Viken, Viken, & Pechota, Rapid City, South Dakot, 1978-1992;partner, Viken, Viken, Pechota, Leach & Dewell, Rapid City, since 1992. Part-time instructor National College, Rapid City, 1978-1980. Magistrate judge Seventh Judicial Circuit, Rapid City, 1983-1984.

Chair South Dakot Commision on Child Support, 1985, 88, 96. Member South Dakot Board of Bar Examiners, 1987-1988.


Member South Dakota Constitutional Revision Commission, 1973—1976, South Dakota Commission Status of Women, 1978, secretary, 1980. Member South Dakota Commission Child Support, 1996, 2004, 2008, chair, 1985, 1988, vice chair, 2000. Member advisory board Children's Inn Sioux Falls, 1978, Rapid City Women's Center, 1978—1980.

Member Unified Judicial Systems Visitation Task Force, since 1997, South Dakota Board Elections, since 1999. Member District 27 South Dakota House of Representatives, 1972—1976, member District 33, 1988—1992. Board directors Family Services Sioux Falls, 1978, Rapid City Red Cross, 1980—1983.

Fellow: American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers (secretary 2003-2004, vice president 2004-2008, first vice president 2009, president-elect 2010, president 2011, Fellow of Year 2008). Member: American Association of University Women, American Bar Association, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Pennington County Bar Association (secretary 2004, vice chair 2005, president 2006), State Bar South Dakota, Zonta Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: poetry, skiing.


Married Jerry Lee Miller, June 10, 1967 (divorced 1975). Married Jeffrey Lynn Viken, February 2, 1980.