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USD School of Law Trial Team Competes in California

Photo of members of trial team in the USD School of Law Courtroom. USD's trial team competes at a competition in California Oct 18-22.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law trial team is attending the 2017 National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California, Oct. 18-22.

“The participants have spent many hours outside of their regular law school studies and extra circular activities to dive into the 200-plus page tournament program,” said Cody Raterman, a member of the trial team.

The trial team is led by USD law professor Thomas Horton. Last year the team received honorable mention, a high honor in the tournament. Raterman credits Horton for the team’s preparation and success.

"I'm confident my teammates will utilize every skill learned in Professor Horton's Trial Techniques class in representing USD School of Law at the tournament,” Raterman said.

The team consists of Raterman, Morgan Nelson, Brittni Summers and Kaleb Paulsen.


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