USD law student recipient of ABA’s 2013 Janet D. Steiger Fellowship

The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law has selected University of South Dakota School of Law student Shekar Jayaraman as a Steiger Fellow in the State of South Dakota Office of Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.

Out of more than 300 applications nationwide that were submitted, only 34 students were selected for Fellowships. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship. I enthusiastically look forward to spending my summer in Pierre and contributing to the work of the South Dakota attorney general,” said Jayaraman, a native of Cincinnati, OH, who is currently a second-year USD law student.

Last summer, he interned at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee under U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee. As a first-year law student, Jayaraman was president of his class. Prior to attending law school, he worked for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and represented her in five counties in southern Ohio. He also interned under U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington, D.C. and Gov. Ted Strickland in Columbus, OH.

Janet Dempsey Steiger served under Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush and was a leader in providing consumer protection during her tenure as chair of the Federal Trade Commission where she made consumer protection a national priority. The Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association established the Steiger Fellowship Project in her memory. Her full biography is available for download at

For more information about the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, visit the project’s Web site at


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