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Johnson and Blare Compete in National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Tournament

Josey Johnson and Josey Blare at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Tournament in California. Josey Johnson (left) and Josey Blare (right), second-year School of Law students, competed in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Tournament. Johnson won the G. William Rice Best Oralist Award.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota School of Law students, Josey Johnson and Josey Blare, competed in the 28th annual National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Tournament hosted by the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.

Johnson and Blare, both second-year law students, submitted a brief and participated in oral arguments in front of three judge panels. Johnson was named best spoken advocate out of over 120 competitors, winning the G. William Rice Best Oralist Award.

“Students at the USD School of Law can compete with anyone in the country,” said Johnson. “Thank you to the professors and all the individuals who helped us prepare—not only to attend the tournament but also helping us develop the skills to compete at that level."

Johnson and Blare were assisted by students, faculty and alumni including former South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, B.S. ’98, who judged practice rounds in preparation for the tournament. Brendan Johnson’s firm, Robins Kaplan, sponsored the competitors.

“Thank you to everyone that helped us prepare for the competition and provided us the opportunity to represent USD School of Law,” said Blare. “It was an honor to be able to meet and compete against future leaders in Indian law."


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