NALSA Panel on”Water Protectors” and Dakota Access Pipeline

The USD School of Law Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and Environmental Law Society (ELS) will host a panel discussion on water rights of indigenous peoples, and information regarding the highly controversial Dakota Access  Pipeline. The event will take place Feb. 22nd at 12pm in the Law School Court Room. The event is open to the public and all students are encouraged to attend.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Frank Pommersheim, USD Professor of Law
  • Myanna Dellinger, USD Associate Professor of Law
  • Sean Kammer, USD Associate Professor of Law
  • Harold Frazier, Chairman of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Dion Kills Back, Senior Attorney at Rosette, LLP

A meet and greet with refreshments will take place after the event.

If you a person with a disability and and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389.





Morgan Nelson (2L) Receives National ABA Student Award

Five outstanding individuals were recently recognized by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for hard work, dedication, passion and enthusiasm displayed on the Law Student Division board. The awards given were the


Morgan Nelson, Silver Key Award Recipient

Star of the Division awards, the Silver Key award and the Gold Key award. These highly sought awards were bestowed upon individual’s who have dedicated a year of service towards the betterment of the ABA and the law profession as a whole.

The USD School of Law is pleased to announce and congratulate Morgan Nelson (2L) in receiving the Silver Key Award for her high degree of service, dedication, and leadership to the Law Student Division of the ABA. 

Nelson completed her term as 8th Circuit Governor this past semester, and was recently appointed to Chairwoman of the Caucus Governance Committee. Of her many accomplishments as Governor, her favorite was the passing of the governance restructuring, of which she was active in lobbying other members to pass the act at the National Assembly.

USD Hosts Regional Client Counseling Tournament

The University of South Dakota School of Law was chosen as a host school for an ABA regional Client Counseling Tournament for neighboring law schools. During the tournament, competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs. These participants are judged on various aspects of client counseling: building attorney-client relationship, building rapport, determining client goals, and considering applicable law and options that may be available to the client.

Competing at the USD School of Law American Bar Association Regional ADR Tournament include:

  • Drake University Law School

  • University of Nebraska College of Law

  • Washburn University School of Law

Regional volunteer judges with past ADR experience will advance only one team to Nationals. Each team is provided with a consultation memorandum that includes information that a secretary would likely receive from a client in preparation for a meeting. The teams then have 45 minutes to conduct their interview.

The winning team will advance to the National Client Counseling Competition to be held on March 17th in Norman, Oklahoma, at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.