School of Law to host symposium at the university

School of Law to host symposium at the university
The School of Law at The University of South Dakota will host a South Dakota Law Review symposium addressing the lasting impact of South Dakota v. Dole Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. in the courtroom. The symposium includes a panel discussion among several prominent South Dakota lawyers, followed by remarks from two professors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Titled "The 20-Year Legacy of South Dakota v. Dole," the symposium will provide a historical perspective on the landmark Dole case, examine Congress' willingness to use the spending power and evaluate this expansive authority and its use. Twenty years ago, South Dakota v. Dole established the test for the congressional spending power – a substantial power upon which Congress has increasingly relied in recent decades, according to Carla Kock, editor-in-chief of the South Dakota Law Review. The morning session features South Dakota attorneys Mark Meierhenry of Sioux Falls and Craig Eichstadt of Pierre, who worked on the case.

The "Dole Dialogue" features Professor Lynn Baker and Professor Sanford Levinson from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Baker is one of the leading scholars on federalism and states' rights and has written extensively on the congressional spending power. She is co-director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media, and received B.A. degrees from Yale University and Oxford University as well as a J.D. degree from Yale. Levinson has published many books and articles on a variety of constitutional law topics, most recently, "Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)." He received his A.B. degree from Duke University, Ph.D. from Harvard University and J.D. degree from Stanford University.


A reception with a book signing by Professor Levinson is scheduled following the afternoon session in the Davenport Student Commons of the U's School of Law.

For more information, please contact Tom Sorenson, associate dean of The University of South Dakota School of Law at tom.sorensen@usd.edu. �

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