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Law School Student Honored at NY Fashion Week for Suicide Prevention

Image Lynae Tucker Lynae Tucker, USD law student honored for her work on suicide prevention.

NEW YORK -- A University of South Dakota School of Law student was crowned Ultimate Miss Worldwide Midwest ambassador for Live Out Loud Charity during New York Fashion Week. Lynae Tucker, originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, was awarded the pageant title in recognition of her work on suicide prevention.

In 2015, she conducted 13 suicide interventions and led suicide prevention presentations for more than 3,000 college-age students and college faculty. She also worked with staff at DePaul University to reevaluate its suicide prevention programs and address program gaps.

Tucker attended USD her first two years of undergraduate study and graduated with a bachelor’s in communications and media studies from DePaul University. She’s back at USD for her first year of law school. Tucker is a 2013 initiate of Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at USD and stayed active with Alpha Xi Delta at DePaul.

For the next year she will be doing suicide prevention work throughout the Midwest, including South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. Tucker is available for travel to all Midwestern states to give training to people of all ages on how to prevent suicide, recognize the signs and address depression and other mental illness. Her specialty is mental health awareness in the collegiate community. She is also available to give presentations over Skype. Contact her at

The mission of Live Out Loud Charity is to serve those at risk of committing suicide and to help stop this preventable cause of death. Since its founding in 2010, it has reached millions of people nationwide. “We are proud to say we are branching out, becoming a nationwide organization through the partnership with several institutions that share our mission of suicide awareness and prevention,” Tucker said.


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