members of the State Bar of South Dakota in good
standing, whether their practices involve the
prosecution or defense of civil or criminal trials, are
welcome to become regular voting members of the SDTLA.
University of South Dakota Law School faculty members in
good standing are also welcome to join as regular voting
University of South Dakota Law School student body
members in good standing are welcome to join as
non-voting student members. All others may join as
subscribing members, not entitled to vote.
on key topics in civil and criminal trial practice.
Expert practitioners present programs each year
promoting excellence in advocacy, simplification of
trial practice, and understanding of special
published six times a year, including reports of
jury verdicts, case settlements, and court opinions.
Articles focus on practical skills and useful
information for the trial practitioner, along with
opportunities to identify lawyers willing to share
knowledge and ideas.
Effective voice in
Pierre for trial lawyers and their clients.
SDTLA works hard to maintain and improve the civil
and criminal justice systems in South Dakota.
SDTLA also expresses the concerns of its member sand
their clients to our U.S. Congressional delegation.
Popular efforts to
promote public understanding of law and good will
toward the profession, including People's Law
Schools in many communities. Trial By
Jury at the State Fair, and mock trials and
career exploration for young people.
camaraderie with fellow trial lawyers, access to
SDTLA data-base on verdicts and settlements, and