Law Students Help East River Legal Services Celebrate 40 Years

VERMILLION, S.D. – Students at the University of South Dakota School of Law will help East River Legal Services celebrate 40 years providing free legal services to low-income people in South Dakota’s 33 eastern counties.

“East River Legal Services displays to student attorneys the true value of providing services to someone who has a legal need, but cannot afford it. The ability to practice law is a privilege and East River Legal Services utilizes that privilege in an astounding manner,” said Kaleb Paulsen, a third-year law student at USD.

ERLS will host several events starting with a VIP reception at 4 p.m. at their headquarters at 335 North Main Avenue in Sioux Falls this Tuesday, Nov. 28. The VIP reception includes a tour of the many renovations to the ERLS building and a meal prepared by ERLS Board of Directors President, Steve Huff. The price is $40 and includes general admission to the main event at the ICON Lounge starting at 5 p.m. General admission to the ICON Lounge event is $30.

Paulsen encouraged students to attend the celebration.

“East River Legal Services has supported a number of law school functions. They attend various legal clinics in which attorneys work side-by-side with students in handling a client’s issue. They provide mentorship and leadership to student attorneys. This dinner is open to students to celebrate the difference that is made by East River Legal Services and to show them the impact they can make in the legal field,” said Paulsen.

For additional information on the ERLS event, contact executive director Brent Thompson.


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