VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law will host former U.S. Senator from North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp for the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the USD Law courtroom.
"We are honored to welcome Senator Heitkamp to USD School of Law,” said Neil Fulton, dean of the law school. "Her record of excellence, service and leadership in state and federal government and the private sector is a great example for our students. I hope many people can join us that day for her remarks."
Throughout her time in public service, Heitkamp focused on issues affecting Native American children, human trafficking and addressing the impact of trauma on children.
"She will discuss her work on Savanna’s Act which targets more effective law enforcement efforts to identify and respond to violence in Indian Communities and against Indian women in particular,” said Fulton.
Heitkamp was elected the first woman senator from North Dakota serving from 2013 – 2019. She previously served as North Dakota’s attorney general, and prior to that as the state’s tax commissioner. Currently, she serves on numerous boards including the McCain Institute and the Howard Buffett Foundation. She is the founder and chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America, and she is a contributor to CNBC and ABC News.
The annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture is free and open to the public.