Law school magazine features USD lecturer

Law school magazine features USD lecturer Dennis Archer, first African American to become president of the American Bar Association, former Detroit mayor, and Gunderson lecturer at The University of South Dakota School of Law, is featured in the cover story of the April edition of L, a national law school magazine published by The American Lawyer.

Archer is scheduled to visit USD's campus in Vermillion at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, to present the Clark Y. Gunderson Lecture in the Law School courtroom. The public is invited to attend.

"He will be a great president of the American Bar Association," said USD Law School Dean Barry R. Vickrey. "Dennis has much to say to our students, faculty, and staff, and we look forward to his remarks at the Gunderson Lecture."

L's cover story points out that Archer, president-elect, will take office as ABA president in August 2003, nearly 60 years after the organization first allowed membership by African Americans. The April feature article was written by Tony Mauro and illustrated by James Bennett.

Archer chairs the Detroit law firm of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, and is a former associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He served an eight-year term as mayor of Detroit, earning national and international respect for his success in changing Detroit's image and direction.

"The Law School is honored to have Dennis Archer as our Gunderson Lecturer this year," said Vickrey. "I have had the privilege of knowing and watching Dennis for a quarter of a century as he has served the legal profession and the organized bar.

"He has been an outstanding lawyer, a distinguished jurist, and a devoted and progressive public servant," Vickrey said.

The Gunderson Lecture is sponsored annually by the USD Law School Foundation in honor of Clark Y. Gunderson, a faculty member from 1934 to 1963 who devoted his life to public service and legal education.

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