2009 Gunderson Seminar at USD School of Law to feature South Dakota lawyer-legislators

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law has invited South Dakota lawyer-legislators to participate in the 2009 Clark Y. Gunderson Seminar, the USD School of Law’s preeminent annual speaking event, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The seminar, held in the Law School courtroom, will feature two panels of state representatives and senators who have law degrees discussing “The Role of Lawyers in the Legislature” and “Balancing Your Personal Life, Professional Practice, and Your Public Service as a Lawyer-Legislator.” The Gunderson Seminar is free and open to the public. Advanced tickets can be obtained by contacting the dean’s office at (605) 677-5443 or by e-mailing Gloria.Kribell@usd.edu. Courtroom seating is limited. Overflow seating will be provided.  

Panelists scheduled for “The Role of Lawyers in the Legislature” include Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, Watertown, District 5, representing Codington County; Rep. Roger Hunt, Brandon, District 10, representing Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties; Rep. Eldon Nygaard, Vermillion, District 17, representing Clay and Turner Counties; and Rep. Brian Gosch, Rapid City, District 32, representing Pennington County. “Balancing Your Personal Life, Professional Practice, and Your Public Service as a Lawyer-Legislator” will feature Sen. Margaret Gillespie, Hudson, District 16, representing Lincoln and Union Counties; Rep. Richard Engels, Hartford, District 9, representing Minnehaha County; Rep. Marc Feinstein, Sioux Falls, District 14, representing Minnehaha County; and Rep. Thomas Deadrick, Platte, District 21, representing Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Jones, and Lyman Counties.

“This promises to be an interesting and educational program and all of us at the School of Law are delighted to host these lawyer-legislators who devote so much to serving the public,” said Barry R. Vickrey, dean of the USD School of Law. “This seminar will again be a wonderful way of honoring Professor Gunderson.”

The Gunderson Seminar honors the memory of Clark Y. Gunderson, who devoted his life to legal education and public service. In 1934, he began his 30-year tenure as a professor at the USD School of Law, his alma mater. Gunderson taught at USD until his death in 1964. The annual program, which is open to USD students and the public, is provided through the Law School Foundation Trust Fund established by the Gunderson family.