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USD Hosts Alumnus for Lavender Lecture

Photo of Eric Marzluf. Eric S. Marzluf will deliver the 2018 Lavender Lecture at the USD School of Law on March 28 at 4 p.m.

VERMILLION, SD – Eric S. Marzluf, senior counsel at Caesar Rivise in Philadelphia, will deliver the 2018 Lavender Lecture at the University of South Dakota School of Law March 28 at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the School of Law and OUTlaw student group, the annual Lavender Lecture began in 2013. The series is in its 6th year recognizing LGBTQ issues that intersect the law and legal practice. This year’s lecture is titled “A Gay Lawyer from South Dakota: A Journey in Diversity.”

Marzluf, a 1974 USD School of Law graduate, has practiced intellectual property law for more than 40 years. His practice is devoted to matters involving intellectual property litigation, particularly patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, infringement and unfair trade practices. He serves as the board president of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms and is a board member and secretary of the Philadelphia Center City Proprietors Association.

The lecture, located in the School of Law Courtroom, 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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