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USD law student recipient of ABAs 2013 Janet D Steiger Fellowship

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law has selected University of South Dakota School of Law student Shekar Jayaraman as a Steiger Fellow in the State of South Dakota Office of Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.

Out of more than 300 applications nationwide that were submitted, only 34 students were selected for Fellowships. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen for the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship. I enthusiastically look forward to spending my summer in Pierre and contributing to the work of the South Dakota Attorney General,” said Jayaraman, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is currently a second year USD law student.

Last summer, he interned at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee under U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee. As a first year law student, Jayaraman was president of his class. Prior to attending law school, he worked for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and represented her in five counties in southern Ohio. He also interned under U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington, D.C. and Gov. Ted Strickland in Columbus, Ohio. A photograph of Jayaraman is available at

Janet Dempsey Steiger served under four U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush and was a leader in providing consumer protection during her tenure as chair of the Federal Trade Commission where she made consumer protection a national priority. The Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association established the Steiger Fellowship Project in her memory. Her full biography is available for download at

For more information about the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, please visit the project’s website at


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