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Eric Young - Law Library Director and Assistant Dean

Eric Young joined the University of South Dakota School of Law as its Law Library Director, Assistant Dean, and Senior Lecturer in May 2016.  Immediately prior to his appointment at USD, he served for 5 ½ years as the Assistant Dean for Law Library & Technology Services and Assistant Professor of Law at the Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Eric served for two years as a federal law clerk to the late, Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration, and as an associate attorney for a mid-sized Dayton, Ohio law firm and small, rural Kentucky law firm.  As Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor at the Shepard Broad College of Law, Eric taught Agency, Civil Rights Litigation, and Employment Discrimination as well as Advanced Legal Research.

Eric grew up in Southwestern Ohio, earning his B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), his M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University.

When not working, Eric enjoys spending time with his husband of fifteen years, Heath, and their dogs - Piper, a Pomeranian-Jack Russel Mix, and Ricky, a Yorkshire Terrier.  He also takes some pleasure in playing golf poorly, is an avid baseball fan and baseball card collector, and enjoys tootling around in his 1957 Ford Thunderbird.


Sue Benton - Head of Technical & Collection Services

Sue Benton transferred to the Law Library from USD's I.D. Weeks Library in 2016 to become the Head of Technical and Collection Services. At I.D. Weeks, Sue served in the ordering, cataloging and serials department for 32 years. 

Before her work in libraries, Sue was a K-12 instrumental and vocal teacher. She also enjoyed working part time as a professional sax and clarinet player in several Midwest dance orchestras. In her spare time, Sue enjoys time with her kids and grandkids, gardening and canning, going to the gym and playing electric bass. 


BFA, Music Education, University of South Dakota

MS, Educational Guidance and Counseling, Northern State University


Jun Park, Assistant Law Librarian

Jun graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in May 2017. Jun is from Seoul, South Korea. Before coming to USD Law, Jun worked as a research assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Korea. He researched asset management cases using Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance data, assisted in producing a report of Korean National Competency Standards (NCS), summarized financial experts’ explanations about fund management and alternative investments, and analyzed foreign exchange, risk management, and compliance data. While Jun studied at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) he worked as a Summer Intern at the Korea International Trade Association. He researched current trade between Latin America and South Korea, produced a report on the politics and economic relationship between China and South Korea, summarized news reports and articles about the European financial crisis and USA trade, and analyzed world trade statistics and international economic data using IMF data.


JD, University of South Dakota School of Law

BA, University of Buffalo, Political Science (concentration in International Politics)


Sarah Kammer - Head of Public, Faculty & Student Services

Sarah Kammer joined the staff as the Head of Public, Faculty and Student Services in July 2014.  Before becoming a law librarian, Sarah was employed as an intellectual property attorney in Cleveland, Ohio and as an attorney and office manager in a general practice firm in Lincoln, Nebraska. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, listening to vinyl records, and walking with her shiba inu, Maya.


MA, Library Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

JD, Duke University School of Law

BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Karyl Knodel - Serials Librarian

Karyl Knodel began work as a Library Technician at USD in the McKusick Law Library in June 1975 and became serials librarian in 1982.  In her over 40 years of service, she has been responsible for the receipt, processing and tracking of serials publications and preparing them for patron use. In 2014, Karyl transitioned to working part-time in this capacity.


BA, Library Science, Westmar College (LeMars, IA) & Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) 


Brigid Hoffman, Law Library Graduate Assistant

Brigid Hoffman is a third-year law student at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Brigid is from Rapid City, SD. She is a member of the South Dakota Law Review and is serving as the Notes and Comments Editor for the upcoming volume.


MA, Communication Studies, University of South Dakota

BA, Communication Studies, University of South Dakota


Justin Huston, Law Library Graduate Assistant

Justin Huston is a law student in his third year at the University of South Dakota School of Law. He is from central Iowa. He is interested in research, old books (law and fiction), music, Netflix, classic movies and ridding the world of the Oxford comma.


BS, Journalism and Mass Communication, minor in English, Iowa State University


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