May 22, 2024

Past Employees / Externs / Volunteers





Summer Externship 2009  Peter Fischer - Extern Summer 2009

Peter FischerUSD School of Law (2010)Hometown:Sturgis, SDEducation:B.B.A., Business Management, University of South Dakota, summa cum laude with University Scholar Distinction

School of Law Activities:

Pursuing joint degree, Masters in Business Administration;   VITA volunteer; Delta Theta Phi; Corporate and Business Law Association; Client Counseling   Competition; Negotiation Competition


Extern, Union County State’s Attorney’s Office, Summer 2009;   Intern, Daktronics, Summer 2008

 Peter M. FischerPete joined the firm in 2010.Pete is a native of Sturgis, South Dakota.He attended the University of South Dakota and receivedhis Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management in 2007, graduating summa cum laude with University Scholar distinction.Pete continuedhis education at the University of South Dakota, receiving both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees in May of 2010.While at the University of South Dakota, Pete was active in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Corporate and Business Law Association, and Student Government.Pete’s practice areas emphasize creditor rights, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, collections, loan documentation, and general banking law.In 2012, Pete called to inform us that he was moving to work for a firm in the Rapid City area.  When we know more we will update this information.
Summer Volunteer 2007Lindsey Quasney - Summer Extern Lindsey QuasneyUSD School of Law 2010Hometown:Rapid City, SDEducation:B.A., Justice Studies, Chadron State College

School of Law Activities: Trial Team;

Christian Legal Society


Union County State’s Attorney’s   Office

 Lindsey Quasney graduated from law school in 2010.  She was first hired as a clerk for the first judicial circuit.  Lindsey Quasney then took a positions as a Deputy Attorney General prosecutor in the Rapid City office. 
Legal Assistant 2007Jenny Winterfeld - Extern - legal assistant Jenny WinterfeldUSD School of Law (2010)Hometown:Rockwell City, IAEducation:B.A., Sociology/Criminal Justice, Northwestern College

School of Law Activities:

Client Counseling & Negotiation Board;

President, Christian Legal Society

Awards and Academic Scholarships:

Mary W. Hanson Scholarship;

Michael F. Pieplow Memorial Scholarship;

Kenneth E. Raschke Scholarship


Rawlings and Nieland Law Office;

Union County State’s Attorney’s Office;

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, PC;

Iowa Department of Corrections

 Jenny Winterfeld joined the Klay Law firm in 2012 as an associate and practices out of the Orange City office.  The Klay Law Firm is a general practice firm handling a variety of legal matters, including both litigation and transactional cases, with an emphasis in the areas of real estate, business organization, corporate law, municipal law, estate planning, agricultural law, elder law, general and commercial litigation, Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, domestic relations, juvenile law and adoptions. The firm’s mission is to offer high quality, affordable legal services to its clients throughout the Northwest Iowa region.
Summer Externship 2011Cassie J. Bennett - Extern Summer 2011 Cassie J. BennettUSD School of Law (2012)Hometown: Philip, SDEducation: Associates in Applied Science   in Paralegal Studies and Legal Assistance, Western Dakota Technical   Institute; Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Colorado Technical University

School of Law Activities:

Trial Team, Member, UJS of   South Dakota & USD Law Legal Form Helpline; RD Hurd Pro Bono Society; Sam   Masten Moot Court Competition; Client Counseling Competition; Client   Negotiations Competition

Awards and Academic   Scholarships: Dean’s Certificate of   Excellence for High Grade in Patent Law; School of Law Leadership and Service   Award; Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Services to the R.D. Hurd Volunteer Law   School Society

Past Employment:

Extern   Union County State’s Attorney’s Office; legal Intern Sanford Health—Patient   Relations

Cassie Bennet graduated in 2012 and quickly found a position as the Deputy State’s Attorney in Butte County, Belle Fourche, SD. 
 Summer Volunteer 2010Courtney De La Rosa - Volunteer Summer of 2010 Courtney De La RosaUSD School of Law (2012)Hometown: Webster, SDEducation: B.A., Government, New Mexico   State University

School of Law Activities:

3L Class President; Phi Alpha   Delta President; Veteran’s Legal Assistance Group; Law School Democrats Vice   President


New Mexico Governor’s Office, Las   Cruces, NM; Union County State’s Attorney, Elk Point, SD; Chapman &   Cutler, Chicago, IL

  Summer Extern 2007George Hawkins - Summer Extern 2007 web pic  George Hawkins USD School of Law (2008)Hometown: Watertown, SD


USD School of Law – 2008; Augustana College – 2004 with a  Major in Government & International Affairs and Secondary Education

School of Law Activities:

3L Class Treasurer;


Internship with Hildebrand Strategies 2006; Externship with Union County State’s Attorney’s Office – 2007

Since Law School, George Hawkins found a home at the Green, Roby, Oviatt, Cummings & Linngren LLP Firm in Watertown SD.  He left that firm and he and his wife moved to Sioux Falls, SD when last I heard he splits his time as a part-time teacher and with the Piersol & Billion, LLP law firm.
Summer Extern 2005;   Hired as a Legal Assistant 2006;    Deputy State’s Attorney after passing the bar 2006; Carole James - Summer Extern - Legal Assistant - Deputy State's Attorney  Carole Kampfee James  Carole Kampfee who is now married and goes by Carole James worked at Union County as a part-time Deputy State’s Attorney immediately upon passing the SD Bar exam.  The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office quickly picked Carole James as a Deputy State’s Attorney working in their Juvinel Court Division.  Carole James is now a Senior Deputy State’s Attorney with that office.