South Dakotan Lawyer In Brief Spring/Summer 2013 - page 4

May AdamWriting and Research
Competition Results Released
The Hagemann Center for Legal & Public Policy Research at
USD Law announced the results of the 2013 May, Adam, Gerdes
& Thompson LLP Writing and Research Competition. Andrew
Twinamatsiko received first place for his paper on the Government
Speech Doctrine. Aaron Pilcher, who examined the solar power
industry, won second place. Recipient of the third-place award was
Kelsea Kenzy Sutton, whose paper focused on antitrust issues in the
meat packing industry.
The Hagemann Center studies the ways in which law
actually affects individuals and society, particularly the people
and institutions of South Dakota. This writing competition is
sponsored and supported by May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson
LLP. The May Adam law firm not only provides financial support
for the competition, but also oversees judging of the papers.
Special acknowledgment is given to David Gerdes, who chaired the
judging committee.
Business Lawyer Rutledge Delivers
Fall Gunderson Lecture
The 35th annual Gunderson Lecture
featured nationally-recognized business
attorney Thomas E. Rutledge, of Stoll
Keenon Ogden PLLC of Louisville in
October in the courtroom. Rutledge’s
presentation was entitled “Transaction
Cost Engineer as a Higher Calling: A
‘Corporate’ Attorney’s Effort to Meld
History and Law.” Pictured are SBA President Kristi Jones, Thomas
E. Rutledge and Dean Thomas Geu.
Knight Receives Air Guard Award
First-year student Melissa Knight received the Air National
Guard Outstanding NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) of the
Year Award for 2013. Before winning the NCO of the Year Award
for the entire Air National Guard, she won 2012 NCO of the
Year for the 185th Air Refueling Wing, then 2012 Outstanding
NCO of the Year for State of Iowa. Presentation of her award is in
Washington, D.C., later this year.
Jim Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air
National Guard, said, “This is a significant accomplishment for
these Airmen that have been selected for this honor. Their personal
characters, devotion to duty, and execution of excellence have led
them to be highlighted as the Air National Guard’s best of the
best. This accomplishment speaks to the recognized excellence and
distinction of our great Airmen from the 54 states, territories and
the district.”
Jayaraman Named For
Janet D. Steiger Fellowship
The American Bar Association Section
of Antitrust Law selected Shekar Jayaraman
as a Steiger Fellow in the State of South
Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer
Protection Division. The section provides
a summer paid fellowship opportunity for
law students to work in the public sector
of consumer protection. Jayaraman said he
applied because he wanted to explore a new area of law. “I feel
very honored to have been chosen for the Steiger Fellowship. I
enthusiastically look forward to spending my summer in Pierre
and contributing to the work of the Office of the South Dakota
Attorney General.” This spring Jayaraman was also elected SBA
president for the next school year.
National Trial Competition
Held in Sioux Falls
The National Trial Competition, presented by the Texas Young
Lawyers Association (TYLA) and co-sponsored by the American
College of Trial Lawyers, held a regional competition in Sioux Falls in
February at the Minnehaha County Courthouse. The competition
included more than 20 law school teams from across the country.
TYLA thanks the many area law students, attorneys and judges who
volunteered their time to help with the competition. For more on
the TYLA competition, read the Trial Team update below.
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