Student Bar Association Honors USD Law Professors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The USD Student Bar Association honored two University of South Dakota School of Law professors at its annual event Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Barrister's Ball.

Professor Thomas Horton received the 2016 John Wesley Jackson Memorial Award for Professor of the Year and adjunct professor Kevin Stoos received the Adjunct of the Year Award.

Horton teaches trial techniques and antitrust & consumer protection at USD Law. He also coaches the law school’s trial teams. His nomination cites his encouraging attitude and dedication to helping students achieve their very best. As recipient of the Jackson Award, Horton will have the honor of assisting the dean of the Law School with hooding the graduates at the annual Hooding Ceremony to be held 3-5 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Aalfs Auditorium on the USD campus in Vermillion. The John Wesley Jackson Memorial Award for Outstanding Professor of Law recognizes USD law professors for their hard work and dedication to excellence at USD Law.  

Stoos currently teaches insurance as an adjunct and is serving as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board advisor and coach. He is cited as being one of the key factors in their success this year. His tireless enthusiasm for teaching and coaching a key factor in his recognition. The Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, inaugurated in 2015, goes to an adjunct who goes above and beyond expectations to help provide an outstanding academic learning environment for law students as well as the amount of time volunteered outside the classroom.


USD’s School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News