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South Dakota Federal Prosecutor Honored with Top American Bar Association Award for Young Lawyers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, SD – United States Attorney Ron Parsons is pleased to announce that Tamara Nash, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Sioux Falls Office, has just been named as one of the American Bar Association’s Top 40 young lawyers as recognized by the ABA On The Rise Award.

The On The Rise Award program provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.

“Tamara Nash’s strength of character and dedication to the rule of law bring honor to the Department of Justice,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons.

Tamara attended Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska), where she graduated magna cum laude in 2009. Immediately following college Tamara perused her life-long dream of becoming an attorney and attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, graduating with honors in 2013.

Upon completing her education, Tamara clerked for one year with the Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls. While clerking, Tamara had a diverse experience in the law and had the opportunity to be mentored by several members of the judiciary.

Following clerking, Tamara achieved her career goal of becoming a prosecutor when she was hired in 2014 to serve as Deputy State’s Attorney for Union County, South Dakota.  In that capacity, Tamara prosecuted misdemeanor and juvenile offenses in rural South Dakota.

In spring 2016, Tamara transitioned into her current position as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the State of South Dakota.  She represents both the federal and state arms of prosecution.  Tamara works with both the Attorney General’s Office as well as the United States Attorney Office to prosecute firearm and high intensity drug cases.

Tamara maintains her commitment to public service by remaining active in the legal community.  In the South Dakota State Bar, Tamara serves as President of the South Dakota State Bar Young Lawyers Section.  She also serves on the State Bar Law School Committee and Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.  Tamara also is active within the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.  This year, Tamara serves as the Chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee and a Liaison to the Women in the Profession Committee.

Updated July 3, 2019