Sep 4, 2012

‘Keeping the Constitution’ topic of Constitution Day lecture at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Judge Roger L. Wollman of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver the University of South Dakota Constitution Day address, “Keeping the Constitution,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the USD School of Law courtroom.

A 1962 graduate of the USD School of Law, Wollman was appointed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Ronald Reagan on July 22, 1985 and served as chief judge from Apr. 24, 1999 to Jan. 31, 2002. This year’s Constitution Day program at USD is free and open to the public, and is made possible with support from the School of Law’s Marion R. Smyser Jurist-In-Residence Program Endowed Fund.

From July 1964 to Jan. 1971, Wollman practiced law in Aberdeen, S.D. and served as Brown County State’s Attorney from 1967 to 1971. He was elected to the South Dakota Supreme Court in Nov. 1970, serving as chief justice from Sept. 1978 to Sept. 1982. A photo of Wollman is available at

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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