Each year, Swier Law Firm recruits a talented summer associate class for our Avon, Corsica, Sioux Falls, and Winner offices. Our program is designed to give law students an idea of what it is like to work at Swier Law Firm -- our attorneys and staff, work, values and culture.
Summer associates are chosen based on academic credentials, experience, and interviews. The process typically begins with an on-campus interview followed by interviews at the firm.
In 2014, the law firm is excited to host 3 summer associates.
Sara Hento graduated summa cum laude, University Scholar Graduate, from the University of South Dakota with her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting. Sara was an active member of USD’s Honors Program and wrote her senior thesis titled The Robinson-Patman Act: The Effect of Price Discrimination on Small Businesses in the Midwest. She also was awarded the Beacom School of Business Outstanding Senior Award, an award given to the top business student in the Beacom School of Business for the respective year.
Currently, Sara will be entering her third year at the University of South Dakota School of Law where she is pursuing her joint Juris Doctorate and Master of Professional Accountancy degree. At USD’s School of Law, Sara is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Women in Law, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, and USD Student Bar Association. In addition, Sara volunteers her time with the Unified Judicial System Form Helpline. This is Sara’s second year interning with Swier Law Firm at their Avon location.
Originally from West Point, Nebraska, Sara and her husband Tanner, an Avon native, recently moved back to Avon to farm. Her hobbies include fitness, cooking, and helping on the family farm.
Jake Tiede grew up on his family's farm near Parkston, South Dakota. In May 2013, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Jake recently finished his first year at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Jake is spending his summer internship in Swier Law Firm's office in Corsica.
In his spare time, Jake enjoys helping on the family farm, showing cattle, exercising, and watching sports. He has a particular affection for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits and the Denver Broncos.
Kelsey Krieg grew up on a farm in Kingsley, Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Morningside College. Kelsey will be a third year law student at the University of South Dakota School of Law in the Fall. Kelsey is spending her summer internship in Swier Law Firm's office in Sioux Falls.
Kelsey has a four-year-old daughter who keeps her very busy! Kelsey, her fiancee, and daughter recently moved to Sioux Falls.