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Sioux Falls law firm established and provided initial funding for Trial Advocacy Fellowship at the USD School of Law

Feb 22, 14

The law firm is honored to have established and provided the initial funding for the University of South Dakota School of Law Trial Advocacy Fellowship.  The firm provided funding for this Fellowship from 2012 - 2014.  The Fellowship provides salary support in the area of trial advocacy at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

"For us, this was a harmonic convergence," stated Steven M. Johnson (USD School of Law, '76) of Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP. "It's an opportunity to give something back to the school we love, where most of us first learned to love the law, while at the same time promote excellence in trial and appellate advocacy, which is the primary focus of our firm."

The first recipient of the Trial Advocacy Fellowship is Thomas J. Horton, who joined the USD Law School faculty in 2009. Prior to joining South Dakota's Law School faculty, Horton spent 28 years litigating and trying antitrust and complex civil cases in federal courts throughout the United States. His career includes governmental stints with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission, and private practice as a partner with several major international law firms in the District of Columbia, including Howrey & Simon, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Horton received a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University, a M.A.L.S. (American Studies) from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in biological sciences from Harvard University.

The law firm established and provided the initial funding for the fellowship to assist the USD School of Law in offering high quality teachers and scholars, as well as a show of support for the trial technique courses and competitive national trial teams.

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It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law