Samantha Merrill attends the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law and will graduate in May 2022. Samantha is a graduate assistant for the Legal Writing and Analysis (LAW) professors where she helps to teach citation to first year students. This past academic semester, Samantha externed for the Honorable Mark Salter on the South Dakota Supreme Court. Samantha is also the Editor-in-Chief of the South Dakota Law Review Volume 67. Samantha’s article The Chronic Effect of “Kill the Indian Save the Man”: An Analysis of Dreaming Bear v. Fleming, will be published in the upcoming second issue of Volume 66 of the South Dakota Law Review. She also served as the president of the Pursuit of Happiness, which focuses on providing mental health resources for lawyers and law students in South Dakota and continues to serve as a student representative on the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee of the state bar. For her undergraduate degree, Samantha attended Chadron State College where she graduated summa cum laude. While at Chadron, Samantha won the Platinum Eagle Award, which is considered the highest honor a CSC student can receive, recognizing distinguished leadership and service. Samantha is originally from Hot Springs, SD, but graduated from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, SD. In her spare time Samantha enjoys photography, baking, and traveling with her friends and family. This is Samantha’s second year at GPNA, and joins us in the Rapid City office this year. She is honored to have been asked to return and, as a first-generation attorney, is excited to continue to gain experience under the mentorship of highly regarded lawyers.