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Law Professor to Testify Before Congress About China

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- A University of South Dakota law professor will testify next week in Washington before a U.S. House of Representatives panel concerning China’s enforcement of its anti-monopoly laws against U.S. companies.

Thomas Horton, a former lead trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and now a professor and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow at the USD School of Law, is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 7, before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.

“Based on my extensive prior scholarship and teaching in China, I plan to present a balanced view of the myriad complex issues arising from China’s ongoing enforcement of its anti-monopoly laws against American companies, which emphasizes China’s historical perspectives and Confucian values,” Horton said.

Others slated to appear with him include Maureen Ohlhausen, commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission; Mark Cohen, senior counsel with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Sean Heather, vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation.

Horton will prepare a written statement and also have five minutes to give verbal testimony during the hearing. He’ll also answer questions from the panel.


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