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School of Law Agricultural Society Hosts Guest Lecture Sept. 26

USD School of Law Agricultural Law Society members. Agricultural Law Society members, Jenika Arnes, James Roemer, Kelcy Schaunaman, Clint Fischer, Tom Schartz and Shelby Webb (from left to right), promote educational opportunities for those interested in agriculture and law.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law Agricultural Law Society will host John Dillard for a guest lecture on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.

Dillard of OFW Law in Washington, D.C. will speak about his experience in agricultural law and his firm’s involvement in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case where Native American farmers and ranchers alleged the USDA’s Farm Service Agency engaged in discriminatory lending practices.

"We’re excited to have Mr. Dillard come all the way from Washington, D.C. to present on a topic that is so relevant to our state and our school,” said Kelcy Schaunaman, a third-year law student and president of the Agricultural Law Society.

The discussion will focus on challenges facing Native farmers and ranchers, and the mission of the Native American Agriculture Fund which was created as a result of the settlement.

The Agricultural Law Society is a student organization within the School of Law with the purpose of promoting educational opportunities for those interested in the nexus of agriculture and the law.


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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