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Life Fellow and Fellows State Chair of South Dakota Thomas Earl Geu

May 20, 2013, Fellows in the news

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law announced today that Thomas Earl Geu has been named dean of the School of Law.

Appointed interim dean of the School of Law in 2011, Geu came to USD in 1989 as a visiting assistant professor of law and joined the faculty permanently the following year. As a professor, his teaching areas included organizational, transactional, and capital formation courses as well as business organization law. He is a two-time winner of the Law School’s John Wesley Jackson Award for teaching (1997 and 2010), and as an elected member of the American Law Institute, Geu has been active in the State Bar of South Dakota.

In addition to being a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Geu has served in the important role of national reporter for the Uniform Limited Cooperative Act and as South Dakota Commissioner for the Uniform Laws Commission. In 2003, he was named a Uniform Law Foundation Scholar. 

“Tom is a dedicated legal scholar, and his leadership and service to the law school is extensive,” said Chuck Staben, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at USD. “During his tenure as interim dean, he successfully managed the School of Law through its American Bar Association reaccreditation process and sustained a superb relationship between the School of Law and the state of South Dakota’s bench and bar.”

Geu grew up on a farm and ranch in western Nebraska and received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1983 and a B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980. He practiced law for five years and worked for judges with the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals 7th Circuit Court in Chicago before becoming an academic lawyer. His wife, Carol, also teaches at USD. A photo of Geu is available for download

About The School of Law

The University of South Dakota School of Law provides a high-quality legal education that prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota and for success in private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. For information about the USD School of Law, please contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen at or (605) 677-5393.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at 

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Phillip Carter
The University of South Dakota

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