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School of Law Hosts Gunderson Lecture Jan. 29

Dennis Daugaard head shot Former South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will present at the annual Clark Y. Gunderson Lecture Jan. 29 at noon.

Vermillion, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law will host the Honorable Dennis Daugaard for the annual Clark Y. Gunderson Lecture on Jan. 29 at noon.

“We are excited to welcome Governor Daugaard back home to USD," said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. "His life and career serves an example for all our students.”

Daugaard served as South Dakota’s 32nd governor from 2011-2019, and lieutenant governor from 2003-2011. He earned his bachelor's degree from USD in 1975 and juris doctorate from Northwestern University in 1978.

The Gunderson Lecture is the Law School’s pre-eminent annual lecture and honors the memory of Clark Y. Gunderson, who devoted his life to legal education and public service. In 1934, he began his 30-year tenure as a professor at the USD School of Law, his alma mater. Gunderson taught at USD until his death in 1964. The annual lecture, which is open to USD students and the public, is provided through the LSF Trust Fund established by the Gunderson family.

“The Gunderson lecture is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about leadership and the political and legislative process," Gestring said.


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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