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for August, 2014

Christopher Ortega ('16) Named Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship Recipient

August 20, 2014

The law firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason has named Christopher Ortega ('16) the recipient of the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship for 2014. Ortega will receive a scholarship to be applied toward his law school tuition, fees, and textbooks. He will also be assigned a mentor at the firm for his remaining law school career.

Thomas H. Frieberg ('88) Takes Office as President of State Bar of South Dakota

August 8, 2014

Thomas H. Frieberg ('88) has been installed as president of the State Bar of South Dakota. He had previously served four 3-year terms on the group’s Board of Bar Commissioners, and became president-elect last year.

John Matthew Schwietz's ('14) Article, "Once and for All," Published in Exempt Organization Tax Review

August 7, 2014

John Matthew Schwietz's ('14) article, "Once and for All: Why Congress, not the IRS, Must Finally Clarify the Section 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Exemption," was published in the August issue of the Exempt Organization Tax Review. The article shines new light on the challenges the IRS faces in distinguishing "social welfare" from "political" activity for purposes of section 501(c)(4). Schwietz argues that the only way to truly resolve the political firestorms surrounding the 501(c)(4) exemption is for Congress to finally clarify the 100-year-old law, and he offers four options for doing so.

Robina Executive Director, Kelly Lyn Mitchell, Elected President of NASC

August 5, 2014

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice announced that Robina Executive Director, Kelly Lyn Mitchell, has been elected as President of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC). The NASC is a non-profit organization that was created to facilitate the exchange and sharing of information, ideas, data, expertise, and experiences and to educate on issues related to sentencing policies, guidelines and commissions.

Professor Richard Frase Honored at NASC

August 4, 2014

Robina Institute Co-Director, Professor Richard S. Frase, was recognized on Monday, August 4, by the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) as the 2014 Rick P. Kern Memorial Keynote Speaker. In 2012, NASC established the Rick P. Kern Memorial Award and Keynote Address to recognize an individual who has contributed greatly to the development of sentencing policy and research.