GULFPORT, Florida — A four-person team of students from the University of South Dakota School of Law placed sixth out of 16 top trial programs invited to a prestigious national competition at Stetson University in Florida.
The National Pretrial Advocacy Competition, held earlier this month, sought to capture what attorneys do every day in offices and courtrooms nationwide. Texas Tech University School of Law won the 2015 competition.
USD team members included Allyson Crespo, of Bronx, New York; Becca Reiter, of Rochester, Minnesota; Trinette Lafleur, of Sioux City, Iowa; and Sam Krystosek, of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. They were coached by USD School of Law professor and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow Thomas Horton and Ramon Ortiz, visiting director of experiential learning and senior lecturer.
"Our overall placement is especially exciting given that this was the first year we were invited to this tournament, and it is the first time that a USD School of Law team has competed in a tournament focusing on pretrial procedures,” Horton said.
“Of course, we are proud of the team's accomplishments, but we are equally proud to have what we believe to be the highest percentage of each graduating class participating in such competitions,” added USD School of Law Dean Tom Geu.