The McKusick Award is presented annually by The University of South Dakota Student Bar Association (SBA) to an outstanding member of the South Dakota Bar for contributions to the legal profession. Frieberg, a Beresford native, is a graduate of USD receiving his B.A. in 1957 and a J.D. in 1961. After two years in the Army, Frieberg has practiced law as a third-generation lawyer in his family firm since 1963. He currently serves as the South Dakota state delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, is past chair of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations and is past chancellor of the Jack Rabbit Bar Association. He has served as president of the South Dakota State Bar; was president of the Young Lawyers Section; was chair of the Committee on Continuing Legal Education; and is currently general counsel to the State Bar Disciplinary Board.
Frieberg is presently counsel to The University of South Dakota and the USD Foundation. He is also past president of the USD Alumni Association and of the USD Foundation. As a past president of the South Dakota Board of Education, Frieberg also has served as an adjunct professor at the USD School of Law. An active member of the United Church of Christ, in which he holds responsibilities in local, state and national settings, Frieberg and his wife, Evonne, have three children, 11 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and a great grandson.
McKusick Award recipients are chosen by the SBA from nominations by members of the South Dakota Bar. Marshall M. McKusick (1879-1950) was a professor at the USD Law School beginning in 1902. In 1911, he became the law school's second dean, and served the University and the legal profession for nearly five decades.
USD law student Justin Johns, president of the SBA, will present Frieberg with the 56th Marshall McKusick Award at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22, during the state bar association's annual meeting in Aberdeen.