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USD Knudson School of Law Alumna Receives Young Professionals Award

Tamara Nash USD Knudson School of Law alumna Tamara Nash is the recipient of the 2021 Rosner & Rosner Young Professionals Award.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Tamara Nash, ’13 J.D., is the recipient of the 2021 Rosner & Rosner Young Professionals Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility and ABA Young Lawyers Division.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the 2021 Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the South Dakota Bar and the ABA,” said Nash. “It is a privilege to invest in a profession and community that have enriched my life in so many ways. I am forever indebted to my USD law family, the State Bar of South Dakota and my mentors for their endless support, encouragement and these opportunities.”

Nash currently serves as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office in Sioux Falls.

Nash is involved in the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and Center for Professional Responsibility and has served on several committees and entities in each section. She is also a member of the South Dakota Bar Association.

In parallel to lawyer professionalism and development, Nash has been directly involved with sustained efforts towards legal ethics and professional regulation. In South Dakota, she is a member of the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, which helps lawyers who have experienced personal issues that adversely affected their professional careers. She is also a member of the South Dakota Supreme Court Commission on Sexual Harassment, which aims to study and make recommendations on how to address issues of sexual harassment in the legal profession.

“Tamara is a lawyer whose decisions consistently make the world a bit better. She is a model young lawyer and a model of professionalism,” said University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law Dean Neil Fulton.

Nash has served on the U.S. Attorney’s Office Diversity and Inclusion Committee for four years. She has worked on the U.S. Attorney’s Office Annual Conference Planning Committee, in partnership with Avera Hospital, for five years, which identifies a community issue and works with Avera Hospital to present programming that addresses issues focused on medical professionals and the law.

Nash will be virtually presented with the award during the 2021 National Conference on Professional Responsibility on June 3.


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