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Law School Moot Court Teams Take Fifth and Sixth Place at National Tournament

USD School of Law Moot Court Team 2020 together posing for the photo. The USD moot court team consisting of (from left to right) Courtney Buck, Abbey Farley, Michael Ewald, Drew Hurd, Kyle Beauchamp and Professor Sean Kammer competed at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Moot Court Tournament.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law moot court team reached elimination rounds of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Moot Court Tournament this past weekend.

Third-year law students Kyle Beauchamp, Aidan Goetzinger and Drew Hurd received fifth place after earning an undefeated preliminary record. Second-year law students Courtney Buck, Michael Ewald and Abbey Farley earned sixth place. They were also undefeated in preliminary rounds.

“Moot Court is designed to test competitors in brief writing and oral advocacy,” said Sean Kammer, a professor of law and the advisor and coach of the board. “The success the board continues to achieve demonstrates the hard work they put into the activity and the talent we have at the USD School of Law.”

“Making the quarter-final rounds out of a field of more than 30 teams from around the nation and going undefeated in preliminary rounds shows how this board continues to raise the bar, competition after competition,” said Bijan Bewley, a third-year law student and president of the board. "They have represented the School of Law excellently and should be proud of the work they have done.”

The South Dakota Moot Court Board practices appellate brief writing and oral advocacy by competing in tournaments all over the country. Students will compete again later this spring at tournaments in Nevada, New York and West 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
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