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Chris Hutton, professor of law at

the University of South Dakota School

of Law, has been named the recipient of

the 2015 Cutler Award for Excellence in

Legal Education and received a $5,000

prize through the USD Foundation. This

is the second year in a row she received

the honor that is affliated with the

prestigious Richard and Sharon Cutler

Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. Hutton

also won the 2015 McKusick award for

Outstanding South Dakota Lawyer.

Hutton has taught at USD since

1984, primarily in the areas of criminal

law, criminal procedure and evidence.

Among the products of her research is

her most recent co-authorship of

South

Dakota Evidence

2nd Edition, with John

Larson, published in 2013. In addition,

Hutton has been an active contributor to

the legal practice in the state, including

providing annual training to the judiciary,

chairing the evidence committee of the

state bar and being appointed by Gov.

Dennis Daugaard to the Criminal Justice

Advisory Council. The primary focus

of Hutton’s work, however, has been

teaching and mentoring generations of

law students, with particular emphasis

on supporting and expanding the role of

women in the law.

“It has been a joy to work with the

students and faculty here at the law school

for over 30 years. Faculty members strive

not only to foster students’ knowledge

of the law but also their commitment

to justice, dedication to public service,

strong work ethic and high ethical

standards,” Hutton said. “It is gratifying

to see my former students incorporate

these ideals into their work.”

Tom Geu, dean of the law school,

said the Cutler Law Firm in Sioux Falls

established the award for excellence in

teaching last year through a generous

endowed gift. It is presented annually to

a full-time USD Law School professor

whose research, service and mentorship

generally benefit the legal practice in

South Dakota.

“Professor Hutton continues to be

involved in numerous areas of service to

the South Dakota legal community and

has an unwavering dedication to our law

students,” he said. “She is a wonderful

choice to receive this award and continues

to be an integral part of the law school

and South Dakota legal communities.”

Hutton also received the McKusick

award from the Student Bar Association

of the University of South Dakota School

of Law, which recognizes an outstanding

member of the South Dakota Bar for

contributions to the legal profession. The

award is named in honor of Marshall

M. McKusick, who served the legal

profession and the law school for nearly

five decades.

Professor Chris Hutton

Receives

Cutler

and

McKusick Awards

1951 M.T. Woods

1952

Ambrose Beck

1953

Claude W. Schutter

1954

Joe R. Cash

1955

Alan L. Austin

1956

A.K. Gardner

1957

Vernon A. Vrooman

1958

Dwight E. Campbell

1959

Robert C. Bakewell

1960

M.Q. Sharpe

1961 George T. Mickelson

1962

Charles S. Hanson

1963

Karl Goldsmith

1964

Blaine Simons

1965

H.F. Fellows

1966

Holton Davenport

1967

James R. Bandy

1968

Roy D. Burns

1969

Alex Rentto

1970

Walter H. Seacat

1971 Wallace A. McCullen

1972 Ellsworth E. Evans

1973 William R. McCann

1974 Kelton Lynn & Ross Oviatt

1975 Samuel W. Masten

1976 Horace Jackson

1977 Stanley Siegel

1978 Fred J. Nichol

1979 Francis G. Dunn

1980 Robert Driscoll, Jr.

1981

Robert Riter, Sr.

1982

Gordon Gunderson

1983

Philo Hall

1984

Joseph H. Bottum

1985

Joseph M. Butler &

Joseph H. Barnett

1986

William G. Porter

1987 William K. Sahr

1988 William F. Day, Jr.

1989

Honorable James R. Adams

1990

Honorable E.W. Hertz

1991

Deming Smith

1992

Donald R. Shultz

1993

JohnW. Larson

1994

George S. Mickelson

1995

Francis M. Smith

1996

Honorable John B. Jones

1997

Honorable Robert C. Heege

1998

Honorable AndrewW. Bogue

1999

Carleton R.“Tex”Hoy

2000

Honorable Roger L. Wollman

2001

Robert E.“Mike”Driscoll III

2002 Marvin G. Amiotte

2003

Honorable Mildred Ramynke

2004

Gene Lebrun

2005

David V. Vrooman

2006

Fredric R. Cozad

2007

Robert Frieberg

2008

Honorable RichardW. Sabers

2009

Richard“Dick”Gregerson

2010

Honorable Lawrence L. Piersol

2011

Honorable Judith K Meierhenry &

Mark V. Meierhenry

2012

Honorable David R. Gienapp &

Charles M. Thompson

2013

Richard L. Ericsson

2014

John P. Guhin

Previous McKusick

Award Recipients