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USD Law Professors Hutton Garry honored with 2013 Jackson Award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Chris Hutton and Patrick Garry were named co-recipients of the John Wesley Jackson Memorial Award for Outstanding Professor of Law at the University of South Dakota School of Law. It’s the first time in the award’s history that two professors have been honored in the same year. The award was announced during the Barristers’ Ball, an annual event of the School of Law, and at the 126th Spring Commencement ceremony earlier this month.

Hutton, who has taught at the USD Law School since 1984, also received the award in 1986 and 1999. Garry has taught at USD Law since 2004 and is a first-time recipient of the Jackson Award. Their names were among nominations made by students and colleagues at the School of Law. Both are also widely published scholars often quoted in various media in relation to their areas of law expertise and interest.

“Professor Hutton and Professor Garry are outstanding teachers and scholars of the law,” Dean Tom Geu said. “Their contributions to the School of Law extend beyond the classroom with their service as advisers to law organizations and as teachers who will go above and beyond expectations to do what’s best and what’s right for their students.”

Hutton teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and advanced criminal procedure. She serves as faculty advisor to USD Law School’s Women in Law student organization and has maintained her interest in providing legal services for low income people, including by serving as a board member for Access to Justice (State Bar) and Dakota Plains Legal Service. Hutton received an A.B in History at St. Joseph’s University, J.D. degree at Washburn University, and an LL.M, degree at Harvard Law School. A photo of Hutton is available at

Garry’s teaching interests include media and First Amendment law, administrative law, advanced torts, and employment law. He received M.A., Ph.D, and J.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota. A photo of Garry is available for download at

The Jackson Award was established in 1981 through a gift by Horace and Dorothy Jackson of Rapid City, S.D., in honor of members of the Jackson family. Their selection was made by a committee and based on criteria demonstrating excellence in the teaching of law. These include effectiveness in the classroom; efforts to improve legal education in ways that serve the needs of the profession and of South Dakota; research and writing; contributions to the profession through public service; and contributions to the academic environment of the USD School of Law.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News