Sep 9, 2011

Lecture highlights Constitution Day activities at USD School of Law

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will observe Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 14 with a keynote address at the School of Law courtroom by Chief Judge Ralph Erickson of the U.S. District Court of North Dakota.

Erickson will present the program, “There Ain’t No One in Washington Coming to Solve the Problem So Let’s Quit Burning the Woodwork to Heat the House: Envisioning a Traditionally Rooted Due Process Based Solution for Indian Country” at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Erickson assumed the role of Chief Judge for the District of North Dakota effective Nov. 1, 2009. As Chief Judge, a position that is a statutory appointment for seven years, Erickson provides the court with strategic leadership, court governance, court-management oversight and case-management oversight. The Chief Judge represents the District at the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council. Erickson was appointed to the federal bench in 2003 by President George W. Bush.

Presented at USD by the School of Law, Constitution Day was established by Congress in 2004 to recognize the ratification of the United States Constitution. All colleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to host an educational event about the Constitution. For more information about the Constitution Day program, please contact the USD School of Law at (605) 677-5443 or e-mail

About The University of South Dakota School of Law

The mission of the School of Law is to prepare the lawyers and judges who will administer the Federal, state and American Indian Tribal Justice systems in South Dakota and to provide a legal education to South Dakota residents, along with nonresidents who choose to attend the school, which will serve as a solid foundation for the practice of law or other professional careers anywhere in the world. For more information about the USD School of Law, please contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen ( by calling (605) 677-5393 or

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
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