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USD Law Students Place 2nd in Competition

Image LawMeet Competitors USD School of Law students Abby Leach and Anna Limoges with professor Ramon Ortiz.

DENVER -- One of two University of South Dakota Law School teams placed second in regional competitions that were part of a national contest intended to test their basics skills.

Abby Leach and Anna Limoges placed second in negotiation and fourth in drafting in the LawMeets Western Regional Meet hosted by the University of Denver. They took overall second place and were the semifinalists in the regional competition.
Another team comprised of Anthony Sutton and Elliot Bloom took part in the Southwestern Regional Meet hosted by Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
In this year’s competition, the 84 teams negotiated a merger of two emerging technology companies. The drafting stage took place over two months, with students drafting term sheets, interviewing their clients and marking up opposing teams’ drafts. The regional portion of the competition culminated with live negotiations between the teams. Team members were graded on their professional persona, understanding of the issues and effectiveness in the negotiation.
“We applaud our teams’ efforts and commitment in tackling such a challenging problem, drafting and marking up the term sheets, and competing against the best teams in the Western and Southwestern conferences,” said Ramon Ortiz, who coached the teams with fellow USD law professors Allen Madison, Mike Mckey and Tom Horton.


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