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Former U.S. Senator to Present Thurgood Marshall Lecture at USD School of Law

Former U.S. Senator from North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp will present the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture on Oct. 7 at the USD School of Law courtroom.

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.


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