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USD School of Law to Host Free Speech Lecture Sept. 18

Gregory P. Magarian USD School of Law hosts Gregory P. Magarian Sept. 18 for a lecture on free speech.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law hosts Gregory P. Magarian, an expert in constitutional law, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at noon in the USD Law courtroom.

The lecture is titled “Free Speech and Modernity: One Hundred Years of the First Amendment."

Magarian, a former law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is a professor of law at Washington University of Law in St. Louis where he teaches and writes about U.S. constitutional law with an emphasis on freedom of expression.

His research and writing also examine church and state, firearms regulation, and regulations of the media and the political process, and has been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the George Washington Law Review and other leading law journals. His first book, "Managed Speech: The Roberts Court’s First Amendment," was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Magarian earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his J.D., and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. He practiced law at Jenner and Block in Washington, D.C. and taught at Villanova University before joining the Washington University faculty in 2008. 


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