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USD School of Law Moot Court Team wins award advances to semifinals

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A team from the University of South Dakota School of Law won the award for the best respondent's brief and advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 John Marshall Law School International Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law. Third-year students Becky Fey and Sara Schroeder and second-year student Austin Hoffman comprised the team. The competition was Oct. 23-25 in Chicago, Ill.

In preliminary rounds, the USD team faced teams from the University of Kansas, New York Law School and Southern Methodist University. The USD team faced SMU again in the quarterfinals, advancing to compete in the semifinals against Chicago-Kent College of Law, the ultimate winner of the competition.

“Our Moot Court teams and other co-curricular teams successfully complete with some of the biggest brand name law schools in the country. This team’s hard work can be seen in their advancement in the tournament and it’s exciting to see their hard work and dedication recognized by this award,” said Tom Geu, dean of the law school.

The John Marshall Competition places greater weight on competitors’ written briefs than do most moot court tournaments, making the experience more similar to real-life appellate practice. This year’s competition involved a dispute between a company and its former CEO over their respective rights in a folder labelled “personal” on the CEO’s workplace computer and in two social media accounts used by the CEO for business and personal purposes.

Download a photo of Hoffman (left), Fey and Schroeder.

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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, Knudson 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