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Documentary on Only Woman in 1940s Law Class Premiering on SDPB

Image Grace Day Grace Day, a USD School of Law graduate whose story is told in the documentary "Amazing Grace," which will air on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air a television documentary about a University of South Dakota School of Law graduate who was the only woman in her class in the 1940s.

The 30-minute “Amazing Grace” explores the life, challenges and success of Missouri attorney Grace (Steinberg) Day, who graduated from USD in 1949. She was the daughter of Polish immigrants who grew up working in her father’s shoe store in Onawa, Iowa, and dreamed of something more. When she enrolled in USD School of Law, she was the only female student in an industry that did not welcome women.

“Amazing Grace” premieres on SDPB1 at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 16, and will be replayed at 1:30 p.m. CDT Sunday, June 19.

The documentary was screened on the USD campus in April and Day was featured in the most recent South Dakota Lawyer magazine.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News