The Volunteer Service Award recognizes an individual who has provided time and expertiseto student organizations at the School of Law, including speaking engagements for courses and campus events, serving as judges for competitions, and assisting with pro bono opportunities.

Rusch, who has practiced law in Vermillion for more than two decades, received his B.S. in business administration from USD in 1968 and a juris doctor from the USD School of Law in 1971. In 1994, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, which includes 14 southeast South Dakota counties.

USD School of Law student Elizabeth Overmoe, 2009-2010 SBA President, announced Rusch as the award’s first recipient during the Law School’s annual Barristers’ Ball in Sioux Falls, S.D., last March. However, Rusch was unable to attend due to a prior commitment and he was presented with the award recently in Vermillion. Rusch was also publicly recognized at the annual meeting of the South Dakota State Bar Association in Rapid City last month.

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