Linda Lea Viken Recognized as our 2014-2015 Zontian of the Year

May 19, 2015 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Linda Lea Viken joined Zonta Club of the Black Hills 35 years ago.  Throughout her tenure, she has served in many positions, including Club President. Linda Lea diligently maintains the Club Standing Rules and assists with legislation pertaining to all levels of Zonta.  She is a true advocate of the ideals of Zonta.

Linda Lea actively promotes and supports women and is a champion for the rights of women, not only in her community but across the country.  She has had a varied career, starting out as a classroom teacher and currently practicing as an attorney.  She has served in the South Dakota legislature (twice).  She served on the South Dakota Commission on the Status of Women.  She has served as a Magistrate Judge.  She is continually active in her Professional Associations, serving on a number of boards and in advisory capacities for organizations assisting women, children and families.

In September of 2014, she was recognized by the United States Senate, and to quote (in part) Senator Tim Johnson’s presentation to the President, he said…”she is a steadfast advocate for women, especially in the area of domestic violence and working to establish and maintain rights for women who need legal protection and services.  She has significantly increased the awareness and education of the general public and the media on legal issues affecting women.”   Senator Johnson congratulated this Zontian on her well-deserved recognition as South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2014-2015.

A great role model, mentor, leader, friend and Zontian, Linda Lea is very deserving of this prestigious recognition.                                 

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