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About Barry Vickrey

Barry R. Vickrey is a tenured professor of the University of South Dakota School of Law. He served as dean of the Law School from 1993 to 2011. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University; as an undergraduate, he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the practice of law in South Dakota (active) and Tennessee (inactive). Before becoming dean at USD, he was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law for eleven years. At USD, he teaches the required first-year course on property law and the required upper-level course on the legal profession, as well as upper-level elective courses on mediation and legislation. He is also in charge of the South Dakota Drafting & Legal Practice course, which he helped create while dean. Professor Vickrey represents the Law School in the University Senate. Prior to entering legal education, he was director of the Division of Professional Education at the American Bar Association and served as staff aide in the Policy Planning Office of the governor of Tennessee. He has held numerous positions in state and national professional associations, including membership on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence for nine years. He is active in the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, for which he regularly chairs accreditation inspections at other law schools. He also chaired the ABA Section’s Questionnaire Committee, which develops the questionnaires submitted by law schools as part of the accreditation process. Professor Vickrey is a board member of the Consensus Council, Inc., Bismarck, ND; the Vermillion United Way; and the Vermillion Center for Children and Families. He is active in the Vermillion United Church of Christ-Congregational, where he teaches an adult Bible study class and serves as stewardship coordinator and moderator-elect. He has been married since 1971 to Mary Green Vickrey, a musician and music educator; they have two sons and two grandchildren.


Present Professor of Law Emeritus, University of South Dakota School of Law



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Honors and Awards

  • Am Jur Award, Administrative Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Editor, Legislative Research Bureau, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • John R. Williams Award, Native American Recruitment and Retention Committee, University of South Dakota
  • Dream Catcher Award, Martin Luther King Committee, University of South Dakota