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Esteemed law professor to address voting rights issues at USDs annual Thurgood Marshall Program and

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law is hosting a DiscoverLaw Open House and a special guest speaker for its Thurgood Marshall Program on Wednesday, March 14.

Reginald L. Robinson, director of the Center for Law and Government at Washburn University, will present the keynote address “Our Work Here Is Done? Considering Changed Circumstances and the Continuing Need for Special Rules under the Voting Rights Act of 1965” at noon in the School of Law courtroom. The law school program is an annual activity honoring Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court (1967-1991).

Robinson, former president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents from 2002 to 2010, served as Chief of Staff to the University of Kansas (KU) Chancellor and as a Visiting Associate Professor in the KU School of Law. Prior to KU, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1993 as a White House Fellow serving as a special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno. In 1995, Robinson was appointed Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States. His work on a proposed victims’ rights amendment to the Constitution led to an appointment as acting director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Prior to attending law school, Robinson served four years as a field artillery officer in the United States Army. Following graduation from law school, Robinson was a law clerk to Judge Deanell R. Tacha, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and, in 1999, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Additionally, a mock law class on professional ethics will be presented at 10 a.m. After the class, members of the USD Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) will host a panel discussion at 10:50 a.m. in the courtroom for prospective law students, high school or college. The panel discussion is also open to organizations, clubs or pre-law advisers. Persons interested in attending are asked to RSVP no later than March 12 to the dean’s office at or (605) 677-5443. Individual students are also encouraged to visit to register for useful information about the law school admission process.

The annual Thurgood Marshall Program at USD is free and open to the public, and is presented by BLSA and NALSA along with support from the Law School Admission Council’s Month program. For more information about USD School of Law visit


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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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News