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School of Law lecture to feature former Iowa Supreme Court Justice

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law will host a lecture from former Iowa State Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Law School Courtroom.

The 2013 Lavender Lecture will address judicial independence as well as Varnum v. Brien, a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision that struck down a statutory same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. Following the lecture, which is free and open to the public, the ACLU of South Dakota will host a reception for Streit in the Law School Commons.

Appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2001, Streit served the state of Iowa as a trial court and appellate judge for more than 27 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where he edited the school law journal. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Counselors of Drake Law School, chair of the New Judge Training and Mentor Program, STOP Violence Against Woman Coordinating Council, Iowa Supreme Court Select Committee on Child Welfare, and the Judicial Evaluation and Performance Committee. Streit was also chair of the Supreme Court Education Advisory Committee and began the Iowa Judicial Institute in 1992. Streit and two fellow justices recently received the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award for their role in the Iowa Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality. A photo of Streit is available for download at


USD’s Knudson 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, Knudson 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