Brianna Cutright

Brianna Cutright

Deputy State's Attorney, Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office
Canton, SD
Law, 2017

"My advice is to not be afraid to speak up and present yourself, your ideas and your thoughts. There’s never going to be a right moment to speak, share or take a chance. Don't let thoughts of 'I can’t' or 'I’m going to fail' get in the way of your career. Don’t let your misconception of perfection get in the way of moving forward and conquering your dreams."

Q&A with Brianna:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I serve as a deputy state's attorney for Minnehaha County. In this role, I represent the interests of public safety and work closely with law enforcement agencies and victims to ensure that justice is served.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

My time at USD School of Law played a critical role in the success I have obtained to date and I foresee it continuing to be a backstop as I obtain new career milestones. Originally from out-of-state, I was unsure what the USD experience would be for me, but I quickly realized that my experience was much more than purely academic as I found a supportive home from the faculty, my peers and the town of Vermillion itself. USD prepared me with the proper tools to obtain success.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

Outside of passing the bar examination, my proudest achievement was my internship with the South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley. For me, this opportunity solidified my desire to serve the community as a member of the bar. Additionally, being named a World Champion showing my horse was also an achievement that is close to my heart.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

My USD School of Law experience was instrumental in developing the person I am today and was filled with opportunities to push myself as I learned. As a first-year student, I participated (and won) a mock negotiation competition. This opportunity provided confidence in myself and led me to become a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, serve as its vice president in my last year and be named a finalist in the regional competition.

Additionally, I represented the law school during several Trial Team competitions and received best vocalist and several honorable mentions. I also had the opportunity to serve the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the law school, which provides free federal tax preparation services to those who qualify. Lastly, I was fortunate to participate in a China comparative law summer program through the law school for credit. I spent the summer in Chongqing and Beijing completing a comparative analysis of the differences in the substantive and judicial procedure in China, focusing specifically on property law and environmental/renewable energy law.

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