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School of Law Hosts 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Smith for Thurgood Marshall Lecture

Photo of Judge Smith. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lavenski R. Smith will speak at USD April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law will host 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lavenski R. Smith for the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom.

Chief Judge Smith holds a bachelor and law degree from the University of Arkansas. He was nominated to the 8th Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2002. The 8th Circuit is the federal intermediate appellate court overseeing the U.S. district courts in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Hosted by USD’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture is free and open to the public.


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
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