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

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.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News