USD law teams show strengths in competition Moot court and negotiation teams from The University of South Dakota School of Law, in the span of a single weekend, showed their strength in three separate competitions that featured dozens of teams from other U.S. law schools.
The team of Ryan Snell, a third-year law student from LeMars, IA, and Sherri Swanstrom, a second-year student from Yankton, earned honors for best petitioner's brief as well as the second-place team overall out of 24 teams in the 2002 National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition held Nov. 7-9 at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.
The team's appellate brief editor was Eric Pickar, a third-year student from Sturgis. Another USD team of Amy Schuldt, third-year student from Yankton, and Andy Hoffman, second-year student from Viborg, won third place petitioner brief honors, assisted by brief editor Katherine DeKam, a third-year student from Vermillion.
Outstanding oralists chosen among 60 contestants in the national competition included Schuldt winning fourth place overall. Snell was seventh place overall, and Swanstrom placed
as 18th overall oralist.
The USD School of Law was the only school entered in the national competition which received two brief awards and advanced a team to the championship round.
The same weekend, in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held Nov. 8-9 at Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, the USD team of Dan Brendtro of Sioux Falls, and Marie Ruettgers of Sioux City, IA, both second-year students, captured second-place overall and third-place brief. Their brief editor was Ryan Snell. The team of Michelle Carter and Erin McIntyre, both second-year students of Vermillion, won 17th place brief honors. Their editor was Daneta Wollmann. The USD Law students competed with 39 teams from 27 law schools.
Advisors and coaches for USD Law's moot court teams are professors Jonathan Van Patten and Robert Ulrich.
Part-three of USD Law's successful weekend featured two teams of second-year students sent by the USD Client Counseling and Negotiation Board to the American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 7-8 at the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, NE. USD Law's Jason Doele, Clay Center, NE, and Sabrina Lafluer-Sayler, Jefferson, won second-place honors among the 24 teams competing. Katie Hansen, Irene, and Matt Fonder, Sioux Falls, took fifth place in the competition.
Professor Randall Gingiss advises and coaches for the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board activities.
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