School of Law Hires Law Library Director

Image Eric Young Eric Young, law library director of USD School of Law.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eric Young will join the University of South Dakota School of Law as its law library director in May. He also will serve as assistant dean of the law school and senior lecturer.

Young will lead the law library and its staff in its mission to provide services to law students, faculty and legal professionals. He will teach legal research and other courses.

Immediately prior to his appointment at USD, Young served for 5 ½ years as the assistant dean for law library and technology services and assistant professor of law at the Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also taught agency, civil rights litigation and employment discrimination as well as advanced legal research.

Young served for two years as a federal law clerk to the late Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Ohio, as an attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration and as an associate attorney for a mid-sized Dayton, Ohio, law firm and a small, rural Kentucky law firm.

He grew up in southwestern Ohio, earned his B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), his M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. When not working, Young enjoys spending time with his spouse of 15 years, Heath, and their three dogs.


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