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School of Law Moot Court Board's Fall Season Starts Off Strong

USD School of Law Moot Court fall 2019 members. The USD School of Law's Moot Court Board members have been successful at recent competitions across the nation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Moot Court Board started its fall season with strong elimination round finishes and brief submission awards.

“All of the hard work the board put in to prepare for this year is really starting to pay dividends. Our goal is to keep building on this year’s successes and show the rest of the country what USD Law is all about,” said Bijan Bewley, a third-year law student and Moot Court Board president.

The team of third-year law students Aidan Goetzinger and Drew Hurd, and second-year law student Abbey Farley, reached the quarter-final round of the Regent University Moot Court Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Additionally, third-year law students Kyle Beauchamp and Tanner Anderson, and second-year law student Michael Ewald, received the best brief award at the Elon Law National Moot Court Competition in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The South Dakota Moot Court Board practices appellate brief writing and oral advocacy by competing in tournaments all over the country. The rest of the Moot Court Board will compete later this semester in San Diego, California, at the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the regional qualifiers for the Annual National Moot Court Competition in New York City.


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