- Education Law
- Employment Law
- Business Law
Samuel D. Kerr
About Sam's Practice
Samuel D. Kerr has been practicing law for over 24 years. His legal practice began as an associate attorney at Wallahan & Eicher in Rapid City. That firm merged with Banks, Johnson, Colbath & Kerr, Prof. LLC, in 1995 where Sam served as a litigation attorney and managing partner. While at the Banks, Johnson law firm, Sam concentrated his practice on employment and labor law, education law, administrative law, business law, insurance defense, and litigation. He served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota Department of Transportation for several years. In addition, he represented several higher education institutions in various matters, including U.S. Department of Education Title IV and Title IX Issues, Title VII, contracts, trademark, and employment practices matters.
Sam left private practice in 2001 to serve as General Counsel and Vice President for Human Resources at National American University (NAU) in Rapid City. He then served as General Counsel and System Vice President for Administration at NAU until 2008 when he was promoted to Provost and General Counsel.
As General Counsel, Sam handled a wide variety of legal matters, including employment practices issues, business transactions, compliance issues, governmental and regulatory affairs, real property, contracts, and accreditation.
Sam has worked with elected public officials and their staffs on legislative matters, including drafting and introducing legislation. He has a keen understanding of how legal and regulatory issues translate into the practical functioning of a company. For example, when the U.S. Department of Education enacted regulations that established new requirements for postsecondary institutions to be eligible for federal student financial aid programs, Sam initiated the creation of, and successfully led, a coalition of diverse South Dakota colleges and universities to effectuate a change in the state’s postsecondary education laws to conform to the new federal mandate.
He was promoted to NAU’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013 with executive leadership responsibility for day-to-day university academic and operational matters. In this role, he also provided leadership for all strategic and operational planning activities for the university. In addition, Sam was the secretary to the university’s Board of Directors and Board of Governors.
Sam also later became the COO, General Counsel, and Secretary of the publically traded parent company for NAU in 2009. In that regard, he has experience with a wide range of corporate matters, including state, SEC, and NASDAQ issues.
During his years of service at NAU, he served as a member of the university faculty teaching labor law, employment law, and human resources management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also taught high school English and journalism for six years.
For number of years, Sam has provided consulting services to education institutions across the country focusing on matters relating to accreditation, compliance, governance, curriculum development, employment practices, academic program review, assessment of student learning, and strategic and operational planning. He previously served as a private school board president for six years.
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