Skip to main content

Law School Relocation Task Force Releases Agenda

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Law School Relocation Task Force released the agenda for its Aug. 7 meeting at the Al Neuharth Media Center conference room on the University of South Dakota campus.

Members of the task force will start the day by touring the law school building and the Vermillion community.

The task force meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with an introduction by USD President James W. Abbott followed by informational presentations, discussion and public testimony.

Full agenda:

11 a.m. – Introduction, President Abbott

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – History of the School of Law, review of current conditions. Dean Thomas Geu and USD Chief Financial Officer Sheila Gestring.

12:30-1 p.m. – Media availability

1-2 p.m. – National law school trends

2-3 p.m. – Public testimony

3-3:30 p.m. – Committee discussion

3:30-3:45 p.m. – Importance of the Law School, State Bar

3:45-4 p.m. – Schedule next meeting and set agenda

4 p.m. – Adjourn

The task force was formed to consider whether relocating the state’s only law school would be in the best interest of the students, the university, and the state of South Dakota. Rep. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, will chair the Law School Task Force.

The task force encourages those interested in testifying to email their questions and testimony in advance of the meeting to

For updates, meeting times and information on the task force visit the USD Law School Task Force page at USD plans to livestream the task force meeting on Aug. 7 from a link on the web page.


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