‘Advancing the Cause’ focus of Law School’s Marshall program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law’s annual program honoring Thurgood Marshall will feature an address by Rapid City attorney Courtney Clayborne on “Advancing the Cause.” The 2008 Thurgood Marshall program is Thursday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. in the law school courtroom on the USD campus. Following the speech and in conjunction with the Law School Admission Council National Minority Law School Recruitment Month, the USD School of Law and Black Law Students Association (BALSA) will host a pre-law informational session for high school upperclassmen and undergraduate college students interested in pursuing a legal education.

A South Dakota native and a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School, Clayborne received a B.S. degree in English, psychology and criminal justice from the University of South Dakota, and a juris doctor degree from the USD School of Law. In 2005, he was inducted into The University of South Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame.

Clayborne began his professional career in Rapid City with the law firm of Banks, Johnson, Johnson, Colbath and Huffman. The firm, with offices in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Gillette, Wyo., reorganized over the years, ultimately becoming the Johnson Eiesland Law Firm.  In 2005, Clayborne started his own law firm in association with Michael Loos. The firm, located in Rapid City, added two additional partners in 2006 and another in 2007 to become Clayborne, Loos, Strommen & Sabers, LLP.

“Advancing the Cause” is free and open to the public. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend. A photograph of Clayborne is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Courtney_Clayborne.jpg.