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Law Library Directory: (605) 677-5259

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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 taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music for 5 years before her employment as Library Technician in 1984 at USD’s I.D. Weeks Library.  In 2016, she transferred to the McKusick Law Library as Head of Technical and Collection Services.  Sue also worked as a professional saxophone and clarinet player from 1967-2002, traveling weekends with many area dance orchestras.  In her spare time, Sue enjoys time with her family, her Sheltie – Crackers, gardening and canning spaghetti sauce, going to the gym, playing electric bass on the church worship team and helping friends haul things in her 1995 G30 Chevy Cargo Van.


BFA, Music Education, University of South Dakota

MS, Educational Guidance and Counseling, Northern State University


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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, Netflix, listening to vinyl records, walking with her shiba inu (Maya), "yoga for beginners", and pursuing her life goal of winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest.


MA, Library Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

JD, Duke University

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 second-year law student at the University of South Dakota School of Law.  Brigid is from Rapid City, SD and received her BA and MA in Communication Studies from the University of South Dakota. Brigid is a member of the South Dakota Law Review and was recently selected as the Notes and Comments Editor for the upcoming volume.


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