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Jun 12, 19

Hall of Fame quarterback, Brett Favre, will headline the 38th Annual Law Enforcement
Appreciation Dinner and Children’s Charity Fundraiser on November13th in Sioux Falls. The former Green Bay Packer and Minnesota Viking played 20 seasons in the NFL, with 11 Pro Bowl selections.

This year’s event will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. The event was founded 38 years ago by Gene Abdallah as a way for local business and community leaders to come together and honor law enforcement officers throughout South Dakota. The event has alsoraised millions of dollars for children’s charities in the name of law enforcement. Each year, one law enforcement officer receives the William J. Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. Nearly 2,000 people attend the dinner every year, making it the largest of its kind in the United States. Limited tickets remain for $50 each. Anyone interested should call (605) 941-0054.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Brett Favre has accepted our invitation to speak to our men and women in law enforcement this year,” said Scott Abdallah – co-chair of the annual event. “This is a rare opportunity for law enforcement to meet a true football legend. Mr. Favre has agreed to a question and answer format, so it should be a really fun evening for our audience members.” Having established himself as one of the most distinguished legacies in NFL history, Favre entertains audiences with heartwarming stories and inspires them with lessons learned from adversities confronted both on and off the field. This will be the first time that Favre has ever spoken publicly in Sioux Falls.

Favre started at quarterback all four years at the University of Southern Mississippi before he wasdrafted in the 2nd round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991. He was traded to the Packers the followingseason. After an injury to the Packers starting quarterback in week 3, Favre took over andproceeded to start 297 consecutive NFL games – a record that will likely never be broken. Favre led the Packers to a Super Bowl Championship in 1997. He also guided his former rival, the Vikings, to the NFC Championship Game in 2009.

Known as “the Gunslinger,” Favre was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 500
touchdowns and pass for over 70,000 yards. Favre is also the only player to ever win the NFL MVP award three consecutive seasons (1995-1997), and he is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the NFL MVP award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. Favre has led teams to eight division championships, five NFC championships games and two Super Bowl appearances. Favre now lives on his ranch in Mississippi. In 2013, he helped coach Oak Grove High School to its first ever State Championship in Mississippi high school football.

Prior to the main event, Brett Favre will visit the Johnson Janklow Abdallah Law Firm on November 13th as part of the charity event.  This is the first time that Brett has ever publicly spoken in South Dakota.  

It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law