Honor roll members were selected for their exceptional work engaging in, expanding and supporting the USD law school community in providing pro bono legal services.

Trefz is the professor and supervising attorney that oversees the WORKS CLINIC, a free service to assist eligible self-represented litigants to achieve access to courts and efficiently conclude divorce and custody proceedings. The clinic’s services also improve the congestion of court calendars, allowing judges time to focus on cases and controversies that require judicial resolution.

“Receiving this award acknowledges the hard work of many individuals, including judges, South Dakota Unified Justice System staff, students, attorneys and faculty, who have contributed to the furtherance of the WORKS CLINIC,” said Trefz. “Along the way, so many people have offered their unique talents and strengths to create the program. I simply served as a support and cheerleader to help our bar and law school continue to provide these pro bono services to our community.”

Weyer served as the president of the RD Hurd Society during her third year at the USD Knudson School of Law. The RD Hurd Society performed over 380 hours of pro bono work for East River Legal Services during the 2021-22 school year, a record-setting total of pro bono hours. Law students worked directly with East River Legal Services attorneys and staff to complete legal research and draft pleadings and participate in court proceedings.

“The USD Knudson School of Law is proud to attract students and lecturers who are passionate about giving South Dakotans better access to justice,” said Neil Fulton, dean of the USD Knudson School of Law.

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