| SOUTH DAKOTAN LAWYER
Ramon Ortiz was welcomed
into the Law School as both the
new visiting director of experiential
learning and a senior lecturer in
August. He came to USD poised to
support the students and their legal
education, as well as reinforce the
school’s public service outreach in
local underrepresented populations.
“It is a profound honor to be part of our university
community and contribute to the growth of the academic
and professional development experience,” he said.
Although this is his first time on campus, Ortiz has
six years of experience with teaching in a university
environment. He started as an instructor of business law,
ethics and mediation courses at the University of Phoenix.
Then, he added graduate-level tax law courses, as well as
bankruptcy, tax and immigration law for legal technicians
at the University of Washington. In all positions he
Sonya C. Miller joined the
faculty at the USD School of Law
in July 2015 as both the director
of the Federal Tax Clinic and as a
lecturer. Her position encompasses
the supervision of student
attorneys who represent taxpayers
in their disputes with the Internal
Revenue Service. In addition, she is in charge of daily
clinic operations and teaches the tax clinic seminar. Her
experience handling tax controversy matters makes her a
valuable asset to the Law School’s new tax clinic.
Coming to campus from a judicial clerkship with the
Honorable Mary S. Brennan in the Tax Court of New
has simultaneously acted as a mentor for students. He
founded his own firm and practiced in the areas of tax
controversy, business planning and immigration law.
Ortiz now anticipates expanding his previous work in
a new environment. Through his position with USD, he
will develop students’ practical learning opportunities by
teaching experiential learning-oriented courses, supporting
new hands-on academic initiatives and assisting in
organizing the Law School’s co-curricular activities. All of
this is aimed toward mentoring and supporting students’
professional growth – his top work priority.
Originally from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Ortiz
comes to USD with a bachelor’s degree in biology from
the Interamerican University of PR; a master’s degree in
public administration from Troy State University; a J.D.
from Seattle University School of Law; and an LL.M.
in Tax from the University of Washington. He enjoys
spending his off-campus hours with his wife and daughter,
and by frequenting the gym.
Jersey, Miller brings with her an LL.M. in Taxation from
Villanova University School of Law; a J.D. from William
S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las
Vegas; and a B.A. in criminal justice obtained at the
University of Nevada Reno.
Asked how she feels about being part of the
University, Miller stated, “I feel very honored to be a
part of the University and a member of the Law School;
it’s an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to
becoming an integral part of USD.” Miller’s favorite part
of her work at USD so far is her one-on-one interaction
with students. As a student she received valuable guidance
from several mentors and is therefore excited to “pay it
forward” now that she is in a position of mentorship.
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