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School of Law ADR Board Wins First and Third Place in National Mediator Competition

Alternative Dispute Resolution Board students with their awards. USD Law students from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board took home first and third place in the University of Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Law students from the University of South Dakota School of Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board took first and third place at a national mediation competition in Houston, Texas.

Third-year law student Cody Miller, and second-year law student, Erica Reber, placed first and third respectively at the University of Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition.

"This has been a truly rewarding experience to be a part of the ADR Board. We have a great group future lawyers who are very supportive and will be very successful in their careers,” said Miller. “This competition is truly unique because we are the mediators and the people who are the attorneys and clients being mediated are law students of UHLC participating in a separate competition."

The students helped mediate disputes involving contracts, leases, bullying, non-competition clauses and other collateral issues. It was judged by licensed mediators from Texas. The competitors prepared for several weeks in advance of the competition practicing with other students and attorneys.

"This competition has given me invaluable real world experience and skills that will translate well into my career as an attorney,” said Reber. “Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare for the competition by volunteering as clients and attorneys for practices. It made such an impact."

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board’s next tournament is in November at Creighton University.


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
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