Jim Nelson served as a Justice on the Montana Supreme Court from May 1993 to January 2013. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Idaho in 1966 and his law degree, cum laude, from George Washington University in 1974. Jim engaged in the general practice of law in Cut Bank for nearly 20 years representing individuals, small businesses, ranchers and farmers in domestic relations, real estate, litigation, contract, wills, probate, estate, and oil and gas matters. He served as the Glacier County Attorney for 14 of those years. He was active in community affairs and organizations and he served the state in various capacities including as a member and as chairman of the State Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and as a member of the State Gaming Advisory Council and the Governor's Advisory Council on Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy. As a member of the Supreme Court, Jim served on a number of Court commissions and as a member of the State Bar of Montana CLE Institute. He is a former Commissioner on the Uniform Laws Commission, and in 2000, he taught Criminal Law and Procedure II, as an adjunct professor, at the University of Montana School of Law. Jim is a veteran, having served as an officer in the United States Army.