The Honorable Lawrence L. Piersol, judge and former chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, will present the 29th Annual Gunderson Lecture at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the courtroom of The University of South Dakota School of Law in Vermillion.
Judge Piersol, a 1965 graduate of the USD School of Law,will speak on "The Role of the Judiciary in a Democratic Society." The event is free and open to the public. �
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.