Academic journal article South Dakota Law Review


Academic journal article South Dakota Law Review


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Volume 58 of the South Dakota Law Review is dedicated to a great man, teacher, and friend--Professor Randall J. Gingiss. Professor Gingiss teaches Trusts and Wills, Estate and Gift Tax, Estate Planning, Financial Analysis for Lawyers, and Property at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Unfortunately for USD law students, Professor Gingiss will be retiring in May of 2013. Recognizing his many contributions during his 17 years of teaching at the USD School of Law, the Editorial Board of the South Dakota Law Review is honored to dedicate this volume to Professor Gingiss.

Professor Gingiss graduated from Amherst College in 1966 and the University of Michigan School of Law in 1969. Following law school, Professor Gingiss served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Navy from 1969 to 1974. In 1980, Professor Gingiss received an LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University, and in 1991 received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Prior to coming to South Dakota, Professor Gingiss practiced estate planning in Chicago, Illinois for over 20 years. He is a former co-chair of the Marital Deduction Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association and is former chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Federal Taxation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Professor Gingiss is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Professor Gingiss has been a consistent advocate for the Estate Planning field in South Dakota. His influence has led many students to become successful practitioners in South Dakota, and beyond. In recognition of his teaching abilities, Professor Gingiss was awarded the John Wesley Jackson Award for outstanding law teacher in 2001. It is an honor and privilege to recognize Professor Gingiss again for his service and dedication to the law school and the legal community. The Editorial Board wishes Professor Gingiss the best, and extends a heartfelt "thank you" for the many lessons and laughs.

BARRY VICKREY ([dagger])

About once a year, for reasons I won't go into, I ask Randy Gingiss the same question: "What are the Yiddish words for my son's father-in-law and mother-in-law?" Each year, Randy reminds me that my son's father-inlaw is my "machuten" and his mother-in-law is my "makheteneste." In recent years, I have noticed that Randy adds the name of a standard Yiddish dictionary without saying, "You know, you could go look it up for yourself."

This annual ritual reminds me of some of the qualities that have made Professor Randy Gingiss such a valuable member of the USD Law School faculty.

First, Randy knows a lot about many interesting things. Yiddish is one of them. He also knows a lot, for example, about Civil War history and about coffee. More importantly for the Law School and our students, he knows a lot about the areas of law he teaches, most notably wills, trusts, and estate planning.

Randy's knowledge of the law includes both the theoretical and the practical. He understands the policies and principles that are the foundation of the law. But he also understands how the law is applied to real problems that clients encounter. He can teach not only why the law is what it is but also how to draft a document to accomplish a client's objectives. From talking with students, I know how much they appreciate his ability to translate theory into practice.

Second, our annual ritual reminds me how generous Randy is about sharing his knowledge. Just as he always has time for my trivial question, Randy always takes the time to assist people who have questions about the subjects within his expertise. When I am teaching future interests in Property law, I can always go to Randy to help me think about how to teach students this challenging area of the law. When students ask him questions, Randy is both patient and thorough. …

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