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USD School of Law Second-Year Students Chosen as Finalists for Best Paper

Samuel Briese, Thomas Horton and Michael Ewald stand together in the USD School of Law courtroom. Samuel Briese (left) and Michael Ewald (far right) were nominated by USD School of Law professor Thomas Horton (middle) for Best Student Antitrust Paper of 2019.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two students from the University of South Dakota School of Law were nominated and selected as finalists for awards for best student papers in the academic antitrust journal, Concurrence.

Second-year law students Samuel Briese and Michael Ewald wrote papers for an antitrust and consumer protection course taught by USD law professor and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow, Thomas Horton. Horton nominated the papers for the award.

“Michael and Sam’s incredibly impressive accomplishments show the nationally and internationally-recognized quality of our students’ research and writing,” said Horton. "For two of our 2L students to be chosen as finalists for the Best Student Antitrust Paper of 2019, it confirms that our students are capable of successfully competing with any students in the United States in a demanding and esoteric field such as antitrust law. 

Winners will be chosen later this spring. The public may view and vote for the papers at the following links:

Briese’s paper is entitled, “Hiding in Plain Sight: How Expedia Group, Booking Holdings, and Large Hotels are Controlling Hotel Prices."

Ewald’s paper is entitled "Don’t You Let That Deal Go Down: Reexamining the 2010 Ticketmaster/ Live Nation Merger and Justice Department Consent Decree Ten Years Later."

"Both papers took on current cutting-edge competition issues, and showed a remarkably high level of scholarship and creative recommendations. We could not be prouder of their work,” Horton said.


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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