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20 Named to USD School of Law Dean's List

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Twenty University of South Dakota School of Law students were named to the Spring 2016 dean’s list.

To qualify, students must achieve either a GPA of 85.00 or greater for that semester or rate in the top 10 percent of their class for that semester, whichever group is smaller. The list is not based on cumulative grade point average, and first semester, first-year law students are not eligible.

The students and their hometowns:

  • Maggie K. Cockburn, Cherokee, Iowa
  • Sterling J. Nielsen, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Clifton J. Kephart, Billings, Montana
  • Terra Fisher, Miles City, Montana
  • Trinette LaFleur, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
  • Britni A. Summers, Flandreau, South Dakota
  • Carl F. Haberstick, Huron, South Dakota
  • Rachel E. Mairose, Kimball, South Dakota
  • Laura E. Hodson, Martin, South Dakota
  • Brigid C. Hoffman, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Elliot Bloom, Scenic, South Dakota
  • Ashley Blake, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Sarah Christopherson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Kelly M. Maxwell, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Ryan Redd, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Nicholas Koontz, Sturgis, South Dakota
  • Alexis Yackley, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jennifer M. Michlitsch, Webster, South Dakota
  • Lori K. Goad, Denton, Texas
  • Jarell Dillman, Eagle Mountain, Utah


USD’s Knudson 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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News