Sep 24, 2012

Preeminent business lawyer Thomas E. Rutledge to present USD School of Law’s Gunderson Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Thomas E. Rutledge, a nationally-recognized attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden P.L.L.C. of Louisville, Ky., will present the Clark Y. Gunderson Lecture at the University of South Dakota School of Law at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, in the School of Law courtroom.

Rutledge will present “Transaction Cost Engineer as a Higher Calling: A ‘Corporate’ Attorney's Effort to Meld History and Law.” A member of the Business Entities and Transactions Practice Group, Rutledge has been recognized as among the best lawyers in America by peers, and a principal drafter of uniform partnership acts and limited liability law. His law practice focuses on business organization law and disputes among business organization owners. Rutledge received a B.A. degree at Saint Louis University, was a University of Notre Dame Graduate Fellow in medieval history, and received his J.D. degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was appointed by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law as an advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws for the Uniform Inter-Entity Transactions Act, the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, the Model Entity Transactions Act, the Uniform Statutory Trust Act, and the Omnibus Business Code. His written works are also widely published. A photo of Rutledge is available for download at

Held annually as a lecture or symposium with the support from the University of South Dakota Foundation, the Gunderson Lecture is the Law School’s preeminent lecture honoring Clark Y. Gunderson, a USD School of Law faculty member from 1934 to 1963. Gunderson devoted his life to public service and legal education. The lecture is provided through the Foundation trust fund established by the Gunderson family.

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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