USD School of Law Trial Team Earned Honorable Mention

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota’s School of Law Trial Team earned honorable mention for their "impressive and outstanding performance" at the California Attorneys for Justice & Hastings College of Law National Criminal Trial Advocacy Invitational Competition Oct. 13-16.

Team members Briana Lear, Kayla Clark, Edward Edmonds and Andrew Magner competed in the elite competition in San Francisco. This was the second year USD has been invited to compete and the eighth year of the competition.

Twenty-two of the best trial advocacy programs in the nation are invited to compete. The team is coached by Professor and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow Tom Horton, Professor Ramon Ortiz, and Dean and Professor Emeritus Barry Vickrey. Overall, 18 USD School of Law 3Ls are competing this fall in five national invitational trial competitions.


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.