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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley to address USD School of Law graduates

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will honor graduates from the USD School of Law with a Hooding Ceremony at 3 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium on Friday, May 3.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will provide the keynote address, “Life After Law School,” to more than 70 graduates of the School of Law. This private ceremony is a USD Law School tradition that gives graduates and their families an opportunity for fellowship apart from the usual spring commencement, which is Saturday, May 4.

Jackley was sworn in as the 30th Attorney General for South Dakota, serving as the chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor for the State. Raised in Sturgis, S.D., he graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992 with his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors. He received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995. Jackley became a partner in the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore, where he specialized in criminal, civil and business litigation. In 2006, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota. He and his wife, Angela, live in Pierre with their two children, Michael and Isabella


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