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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


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News