South Dakotan Lawyer In Brief Spring/Summer 2013 - page 3

USD Law Noted for ‘Saving the
World’ with Grads in Government,
Public Interest
USD School of Law is one of the top law schools in the nation
in placing graduates in public interest and in government jobs. Ac-
cording to the National Law Journal, USD Law ranks fifth in the
United States for grads in public interest or government jobs, one
spot ahead of the Georgetown University Law Center and right
behind City University of New York School of Law. See the NLJ
list at
Business Insider also reported the news of USD #5 on the list
of “Law Schools Where Students Want to Save the World.” Access
that article at
Associate Professor Horton Receives
USD Belbas-Larson Award
Associate Professor Thomas Horton this
spring was awarded one of the two 2013
Belbas-Larson Awards for Excellence in
Teaching. Recipients are chosen by a
university-wide committee based upon
review of portfolios submitted in support of
the nominations.The Belbas-LarsonAwards
were presented at USD’s commencement
ceremony on May 4, where each recipient
received a framed certificate, a commemorative medal and a $5,000
award. “I am greatly honored to receive this prestigious award, and
would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of the wonderful
students whom I have had the pleasure of teaching, and the terrific
mentoring and support of so many fine colleagues, deans and staff
in my four years here at USD,” Horton said.
Welcome New Faculty Members!
USD Law welcomes two new faculty
members, Wendy N. Hess and Thomas E.
Simmons, to begin teaching this fall
as assistant professors.
Hess was a visiting assistant professor
during the 2012–2013 academic year,
directing the Fundamental Legal Skills and
LegalWriting Programand teaching a course
on client counseling. She will continue her
work in those capacities this fall as an assistant professor.
Simmons was most recently a partner
with the Rapid City Law firm of
Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore,
LLP, where he worked as a trusts and estates
lawyer, becoming a partner in 2006. His
fall law courses include trusts and wills and
estate and trust administration. His wide
law practice expertise includes wills, trusts,
durable powers of attorney, pre-nuptial
agreements and other estate-planning documents. He has also been
very active in various capacities with the State Bar of South Dakota.
Simmons earned a J.D. degree at USD School of Law. Prior to his
legal career, Simmons was a public school teacher. He is married
and has one son and one daughter.
Fall 2012 USD Constitution Day:
‘Keeping The Constitution’
The University of South Dakota
observed Constitution Day on
Sept. 10 with a keynote address in
the School of Law courtroom by
the Honorable Roger L. Wollman,
a judge on the United States Court
of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Pictured are SBA President Kristi
Jones and Hon. Roger Wollman.
Meierhenry Sargent and SD Young
Lawyers Sponsor D-Days Tailgate
A tailgating get-together open to everyone in the legal
community was held prior to the 2012 Dakota Day football game
in the DakotaDome parking lot. The fun and food event was
sponsored by Meierhenry Sargent LLP, the South Dakota Young
Lawyers Section, and the USD School of Law. Dakota Days 2013
are October 4–5, with campus tours and alumni dinner on Friday,
and Saturday’s parade and Coyote football vs. Missouri State.
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