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Constitution Day at USD to feature U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Court oral arguments

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will observe Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the United States Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Court and three oral argument sessions: Hutterville Hutterian Brethren, et. al. v. Jeffrey Sveen, et al.; Hot Stuff Foods v. Houston Casualty Company; and Quam Construction v. City of Redfield.

The Constitution Day program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m. at the court room inside the School of Law. In addition to the three oral arguments, the Constitution Day includes a question and answer session, and Chief Judge William Jay Riley of Omaha, Neb., Judge James B. Loken of Minneapolis, Minn., and Judge Jane Kelly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Case briefs for all three arguments will be made available in the Law Library at the USD School of Law. Seating in the School of Law court room is limited and overflow seating will be made available in room 101.

Presented at USD by the School of Law, Constitution Day was established by Congress in 2004 to recognize the ratification of the United States Constitution. All colleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to host an educational event about the Constitution. For more information about the Constitution Day program, please contact the USD School of Law at (605) 677-5443 or e-mail


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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News