Professor Simmons: “A Chinese Inheritance”


Tom Simmons

Associate Professor of Law Tom Simmons has had accepted for publication an article titled A Chinese Inheritance by the editors of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. The  publication is produced by the Quinnipiac University School of Law located in North Haven, Connecticut. While teaching USD law students in China the last two summers, Simmons became interested in Chinese inheritance laws and worked with a Chinese law student to translate several recently decided inheritance decisions from the Chinese courts. He notes: “The cultural values of a society are often discernible in its laws of succession and intestacy (that is, the laws which govern the distribution of a decedent’s estate when there is no valid will). The most startling characteristic of Chinese inheritance law is its willingness to invoke judicial review of an heir’s conduct in settling upon distribution shares. Chinese conduct-based intestacy is widespread and fluid.” His article contrasts American and Chinese approaches to intestacy and identifies competing policies and values.


South Dakota Law Review’s Juvenile Justice Symposium: Sept. 29-30

Location: Courtroom

The South Dakota Law Review and the University of South Dakota School of Law are presenting a two-day symposium and CLE on juvenile law. Expert panelists from around the country will highlight contemporary legal issues impacting juveniles in our justice system, including: interrogation and confessions, sentencing, Native American youth, sex offender registry for youth, and prison conditions.

Eighteen different presenters from around the nation will focus on the unique needs and vulnerabilities of juveniles and what can be done to ensure the rights of youth. A list of panelists can be found below:


Army JAG Presentation on Law of Armed Conflict: 9/15

army-jagThursday, September 15th –  10:00-11:00 a.m. – Room 102

U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Captain Robinson will present on the “Law of Armed Conflict” this Thursday, September 15th. Captain Robinson will also be available to answer questions of students interest in joining the U.S. Army JAG Corps.

For more information about the JAG Careers and internships, see

For more information about the event, contact Christina Schroeder (

Alaska Tax Practice and Skills Course Info Session: 9/7


Wednesday, September 7th – 12 p.m. – Room 103

The Alaska Tax Practice and Skills course is a unique, multi-faceted academic program that provides students the opportunity to engage in direct tax and legal assistance in the areas of individual and business tax law. students will be representing hard-to-reach, low income rural residents in communities throughout Alaska. Come enjoy lunch and learn more. For more information, contact