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| 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.

Sonya Miller

Ramon Ortiz

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