VERMILLION, S.D. -- Lonnie Wright, a first-year student at The University of South Dakota School of Law, was elected to the board of the National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA) during the annual Indian Law Conference, April 1-4 in Santa Fe, N.M.
Wright will represent Area Eight during his one-year term on the national board.Area Eight includes Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. There are a total of eight different areas on the board, along with the executive officers. Wright, recently elected as president of the USD NALSA chapter, was elected by NALSA members from law schools across the United States. In February, representatives of the USD chapter participating in the NNALSA Moot Court competition in Boulder, Colo., won honors for best brief. The USD chapter is also a past national chapter of the year.
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Wright was raised in Ridgeview, S.D., on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation. He received bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in Rapid City, S.D. While an undergraduate, he served for four years as SDSM&T’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society president.