Lecture to highlight sentencing and punishment

Lecture to highlight sentencing and punishment The University of South Dakota School of Law will host the 27th annual Gunderson Lecture and Symposium Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The symposium and lecture will explore the effects of sentencing and punishment throughout the judicial system. The symposium features South Dakota's chief federal judge, the Honorable Lawrence Piersol; U.S. Attorney James McMahon; South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long; and Professor Peter Rutledge, an expert on the Apprendi Doctrine dealing with sentencing considerations. The event will take place in the USD School of Law courtroom and is free and open to the public.

The Gunderson lecturer is Professor Rutledge, a Harvard graduate who earned his juris doctor degree with high honors at the University of Chicago Law School. Rutledge has served as judicial law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States.

He spent two years in Vienna, Austria, with the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 2001, he returned to the United States to join the Washington, DC, office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. In his first year as a faculty member at Columbus School of Law, Rutledge was awarded Professor of the Year by the student body. He is an expert on the Apprendi Doctrine, which involves jury consideration of facts necessary to support a higher level of sentencing than otherwise would be authorized. Rutledge was also a featured presenter at the 2004 Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. �

The lecture memorializes Clark Y. Gunderson who devoted his life to legal education and public service. He became a professor at The University of South Dakota School of Law in 1934. He left the law school temporarily for military duty in 1941 and was instrumental in establishing the Judge Advocate General's School at National University, Washington, DC. In 1946, Colonel Gunderson returned to the law school and was a teacher until his death in 1964.

The annual event this year is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Law Review, one of two major journals published by law school co-curricular organizations.

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