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USD Law Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Surrounding Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Law Review and the University of South Dakota School of Law will present a one-day symposium on Sept. 27 exploring the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and legal issues that arise in communities with major events and entertainment venues that result in substantial tourism.

Each year, more than 500,000 cyclists travel to Sturgis, South Dakota, a town with a population of around 6,800, to participate in rally festivities. Speakers from around the country and South Dakota will highlight the legal issues impacting Sturgis and communities where motorcycle rallies are held.

Presenters include:

  • Andy Bain - Director of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Mount Union, Ohio
  • Jason M. Sneed - Sneed Intellectual Property Legal Services - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Brendan Johnson - Robins Kaplan LLP, former United States Attorney - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Travis N. Barrick - Gallian Welker & Beckstrom, L.C. - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Lara Roetzel - Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney - Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Hollie Strand - Computer Forensic Examiner ICAC - Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Tifanie Petro - Forensic Interviewer/ Education Awareness Specialist - Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Peter Jerzak, Lt. Col., Director of Military Support, U.S. Army National Guard - Rapid City, South Dakota

The event will be hosted at the USD School of Law. The symposium satisfies CLE requirements in certain states. Iowa and Minnesota have been approved for five CLE credits. Nebraska has been approved for six CLE credits. A $10 CLE registration fee is required upon arrival at the symposium. For more information, please contact the Law Review.


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