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Former USD law school dean to present Farber Center lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Barry Vickrey, former dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law, will present the lecture, “The Changing Practice of Law and Law Schools: Why Should Anyone Go to Law School” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Farber Hall, Old Main.

Presented by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the USD Political Science League, Vickrey’s lecture is free and open to the public and will address changes in the practice of law and at law schools throughout the United States.

Vickrey, dean & professor emeritus at the USD School of Law, holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. From 1993 to 2011, he served as dean of the USD School of Law and then continued as a member of the full-time faculty until his retirement in 2014. Even though retired, Vickrey is teaching several courses in 2014-15. His teaching areas include lawyers’ professional responsibility, property law, mediation, and legislation. Before coming to USD, he was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law where he served as associate dean. Before pursuing a career in legal education, Vickrey held staff and management positions at the American Bar Association. He is admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee (inactive) and South Dakota. He has been involved throughout his career in bar association work, most notably in the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation process.

For more information about this event, please contact the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at (605) 677-5702 or e-mail


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