USD School of Law names 2011 Masten Moot Court winner

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Patrick Weber of Montrose, S.D. defeated Anthony Lamb of Lacona, Iowa in the championship round of The University of South Dakota School of Law’s annual Sam Masten Intramural Moot Court Competition at the School of Law courtroom on Wednesday, March 23.

The two USD first-year law students were judged in the Law School Courtroom by the Supreme Court of South Dakota, which was at USD for its annual March Term. All five members of the South Dakota Supreme Court are graduates of the USD School of Law: Chief Justice David Gilbertson (’75) and Justices John Konenkamp (’74), Steven Zinter (’75), Judith Meierhenry (’77) and Glen Severson (’75).

Weber was selected the winner in the final round of the competition that began with 72 first-year students participating. Tournament judges in preliminary rounds included federal and state judges, practicing attorneys, law faculty, deans and additional alumni, and other volunteers, including upper-level law students.

Following the competition, Anthony Franken of Watertown, S.D. was awarded the R.D. Hurd Best Brief Award and James Wiederrich (’80), of the Sioux Falls law firm Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith, presented Dean Barry Vickrey with a $5,000 check to the Law School Foundation in support of the USD Law School’s Moot Court program.   

The Sam Masten Moot Court Tournament is named for a long-time South Dakota trial lawyer who practiced in the Canton area, was a leader of many organizations in the legal profession, and served as an adjunct professor at the School of Law. Masten served as president of the State Bar of South Dakota, was instrumental in the creation of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and was the State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for a number of years.