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Cato Institute Fellow Debates Environmental Regulations at USD

Photo of Doug Bandow and Sean Kammer. Doug Bandow (left) and Sean Kammer (right) faced off for a debate about environmental protection.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law hosted Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, for a colloquium with USD associate law professor Sean Kammer about environmental protection strategies in a free market economy.

Sponsored by the Federalist Society and USD Law School Democrats, the event titled “Environmental Regulation: Topics in Protection & Free-Market Strategies,” allowed both speakers an opportunity to present information and debate the best practices of environmental protection strategies.

Branden Nethken, president of the USD Federalist Society, said the event was inspired by the increasingly negative tone dominating public discourse.

“As lawyers, professionalism is an implied task,” said Nethken. “But if you foster a professional conversation with events like this, you might come to an agreement.”


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