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School of Law to Host Marsy's Law Symposium

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law Criminal Justice Education Project and Women in Law student organizations will host an informational panel on the recently passed initiated Constitutional Amendment S known as Marsy’s Law.

“We have been working hard to get a panel put together which will be able to give the law school some beneficial information on Marsy’s law,” said Samantha Berglin, president of the Criminal Justice Club.

The panel will consist of four professionals from around the Siouxland area including Alexis Traci, Ryan Kolbeck, Jon Arneson and Traci Smith.

The symposium will occur Feb. 27 in the School of Law Court Room from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a short reception to follow.


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.