Barry Vickrey Retiring from USD School of Law

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota School of Law students, faculty, staff, alumni and people from the regional law community will honor Barry Vickrey, professor emeritus and former law school dean, on Sunday at a retirement party.

Vickrey, who was dean from 1993 to 2011, received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is admitted to the practice of law in South Dakota (active) and Tennessee (inactive). He was previously was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law for 11 years. At USD, he teaches the required first-year course on property law and the required upper-level course on the legal profession, as well as upper-level elective courses on mediation and legislation. He is also in charge of the South Dakota drafting and legal practice course, which he helped create while dean.

His retirement party will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at Howler's, 916 N. Dakota St., Vermillion. RSVP by calling 605-677-5361 or emailing


USD’s School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News