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USD School of Law Moot Court Prepares for 2019-2020 Season

The members of the USD School of Law Moot Court Board The members of the USD School of Law Moot Court Board

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Moot Court Board started its 2019-2020 season with a writing retreat in Dallas, South Dakota.

The Moot Court Board has been working hard to prepare for our upcoming competitions,” said Bijan Bewley, a third-year law student and moot court president. "The writing retreat really gave us a boost in the critical skills we need to not only compete but to excel against teams from around the nation. This next year is going to be really exciting.”

Fourteen students comprise the USD Law Moot Court Board. Writing retreat sessions included team building exercises, writing exercises and discussions with Professor Sean Kammer, who serves as adviser to the board, and lectures from former South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Judith Meierhenry and former South Dakota Attorney General Mark Meierhenry.

“We are beyond grateful for the Meierhenrys’ generosity in sharing their experiences, their unparalleled wisdom, and their home with us,” said Kammer. "It was truly an invaluable experience for the students as well as for me. We look forward to an outstanding year.”

The Moot Court team’s first tournament is the Leroy R. Hassell, Jr. Tournament hosted by Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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