Thomas E. Geu named interim dean of USD School of Law

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has announced that Thomas E. Geu, J.D., professor of law, will serve as interim dean of the USD School of Law effective July 22.

Geu received his juris doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has been active in the State Bar of South Dakota. His areas of teaching at the USD School of Law include organizational, transactional and capital formation courses, and he also writes broadly on business organization law. Geu is a member of the board of directors of the South Dakota Bar’s Business Section and is an active member of USD’s Intellectual Property Committee.

Additionally, he has taught in Bialystok, Poland, and has reviewed a number of foreign laws such as a Model Partnership Law for Afghanistan; an Economic Development Ordinance for St. Petersburg, Russia; and the listing requirements for securities traded on the Zagreb Stock Exchange. Geu is currently heading a USD School of Law program in China with a scheduled return to campus later this month. He is succeeding Barry R. Vickrey, J.D., who will retire as dean effective July 21 to become a full-time member of the USD School of Law faculty.

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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 198 undergraduate and 79 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 more than 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.

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Hailie Warren
USD News