Legal Clinics Honors Ten Graduating Students & Faculty Milestones at Grad Awards Event

On Friday, May 13th the USD Legal Clinics held its annual Grad Awards Event. Each of the ten clinics selected one graduating student to be recognized for outstanding work accomplished in the clinic. USD Law School’s Dean Stephen Ferruolo attended in addition to Supervising Attorneys from each of the ten clinics, who presented the students with their awards.

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Dean Ferruolo opening the awards festivities with a speech.

The clinics also honored Professor Laura Berend, Professor Theresa Player, and Professor Margaret Dalton for their respective contributions to the USD Legal Clinics. Margaret Dalton was the Legal Clinic Director for twelve years, and assumed her new role as Associate Dean of the School of Law on July 1st.

New Legal Clinics Academic Director Bob Muth, with Margaret Dalton, Associate Dean of the School of Law, and Dean Ferruolo.

New Legal Clinics Academic Director Bob Muth, with Margaret Dalton, Associate Dean of the School of Law, and Dean Ferruolo.

“Playing a part in the growth of our Legal Clinics over the past twelve years has been an incredible experience, in no small part due to the dedication of our staff, professors and student interns,” comments Professor Dalton. “Without them, I could not have accomplished what I set out to do, and we would not have been able to make such a great difference in so very many clients’ lives. As I move into a new role as Associate Dean for the School of Law, I know I will miss the clinic experience, but I feel confident the new leadership will take it to the next level.”

Professor Theresa Player and Professor Laura Berend also received recognition at the event, as both retired after many years with the USD Legal Clinics and School of Law. Professor Player joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1980 and was a Supervising Attorney for the Legal Clinics Civil Clinic. Professor Player also served as the Legal Clinic Director in the 1980’s. Professor Berend joined the School of Law faculty in 1982, and was a Supervising Attorney of the Legal Clinics Criminal Clinic.

Professor Theresa Player receiving an award for her years of service.

Professor Theresa Player being presented an award for her years of service by Margaret Dalton.

“My first exposure to the Legal Clinic was as a law student at USD in 1974, when Professors Charlie Lynch and Rod Jones were in charge,” reflects Professor Laura Berend. “It was a meaningful experience to be able to help people needing legal help and solidified my desire to do criminal defense work for the indigent. When I came back to USD in 1982 as an adjunct for a year teaching Trial Techniques after supervising an office for Defenders, Inc., and training some of the new lawyers, I realized that teaching in the clinic was what I enjoyed most. The most important thing to me was watching students develop their skills as competent, passionate, and compassionate advocates with integrity with guidance from an amazing group of clinical teachers. Equally important to me personally was collaborating with fellow clinicians to offer a highly developed clinical program. Teaching and working on our book, Criminal Litigation in Action, with Jean Ramirez was particularly satisfying. Those were wonderful years.”

Professor Laura Berend receiving an award for her years of service.

Professor Laura Berend being presented with an award for her years of service by Margaret Dalton.

Student Awardees and Presenting Faculty

Legal intern Samuel Leff receiving the Appellate Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney David Schlesinger.

Legal Intern Samuel Leff receiving the Appellate Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney David Schlesinger.

Legal intern Caitlin Macher receiving the Civil Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Allen Gruber.

Legal Intern Caitlin Macker receiving the Civil Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Allen Gruber.

Legal intern Jennifer (J.J.) Moore receiving the Education & Disability Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Margaret.

Legal Intern Jennifer (J.J.) Moore receiving the Education & Disability Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Margaret Dalton.

Legal intern Tyler McQuillan receiving the Entrepreneurship Award with Supervising Attorney Sebastian Lucier.

Legal Intern Tyler McQuillan receiving the Entrepreneurship Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Sebastian Lucier.

Legal intern David Romberger receiving the Federal Tax Award.  Eric Austin presented the award on behalf of Supervising Attorney Richard Carpenter.

Legal Intern David Romberger receiving the Federal Tax Clinic Award.  Eric Austin presented the award on behalf of Supervising Attorney Richard Carpenter.

Legal intern Sarah Farnsworth receiving the Immigration Award with Supervising Attorney Sandra Wagner.

Legal Intern Sarah Farnsworth receiving the Immigration Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Sandra Wagner.

Legal intern Eric Zeiger receiving the Small Claims Award with Supervising Attorney Franco Simone.

Legal Intern Eric Zeiger receiving the Small Claims Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Franco Simone.

Legal intern Amanda Elmgren receiving the State Income Tax Award with Supervising Attorney Craig Shaltes.

Legal Intern Amanda Elmgren receiving the State Income Tax Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Craig Shaltes.

Legal intern Denise Martinez receiving the States Sales & Use Tax Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Michael Larkin.

Legal Intern Denise Martinez receiving the States Sales & Use Tax Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Michael Larkin.

Legal intern Ryan Mackintosh receiving Veterans Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Robert Muth.

Legal Intern Ryan Mackintosh receiving the Veterans Clinic Award with Supervising Attorney Robert Muth.

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