Committees

There are two types of committees that students serve on. Those committees are either internal to the SBA (SBA Committees) or are within the administrative system of the School of Law (Faculty Committees). Both elected positions and appointments are made in accordance with the SBA By-laws and in keeping with the Student Handbook



SBA Committees

Student Curriculum Committee

Charges:  Solicit student feedback concerning curriculum-related issues, including (but not limited to): scheduling; certificate programs; dual degree enrollment; and course offerings. Meet monthly to discuss student-raised issues in coordination with the Faculty Curriculum Committee. 
Craig McCormack (3L), Chair* 
Brittney Mada (2L)
Reema Najjar (1L) 
Zac Hixson, (ABA Representative) Ex-Officio SBA Executive Board Member
*Chair of Student Curriculum Committee sits as student-appointee on Faculty Curriculum Committee (voting member).

 

SBA Executive Board Strategic Planning Committee

Charges:  Draft strategic plan action items utilizing data collected from Independent Student Organizations, student surveys, and other law school student body input. Construct short-term goals and long-term objectives for the law school community and extended community at large to create substantial and meaningful impact. Review and update SBA By-Laws in accordance with existing provisions. Organize and draft an SBA Constitution to enshrine guiding principles
Angie Pancost (2L Representative), Ex-Officio SBA Executive Board Member, Chair
Summer Carmack (SBA President), SBA Executive Board Member
Zac Hixson, (ABA Representative), SBA Executive Board Member
Aaron P. Barker (3L Representative), Constitutional Convention Director 
Zac Hixson, (ABA Representative), SBA Executive Board Member
Ryan Hickey (3L)*
*Student-appointee to the Faculty Curriculum Committee serves ex-officio on the Student Curriculum Committee. 

 

Faculty Committees

 

ELECTED COMMITTEES

 

Faculty Appointments

(5 faculty members, at least 3 tenured, at least one tenure-track, elected prior to October in even-numbered years, and elected prior to the Tenure and Promotions Committee.)
Charge: Create an orientation package for adjunct faculty that includes information on law school systems and processes as well as best practices for teaching and assessment.
Prof. Jon Byington, Chair
Prof. Eduardo Capulong
Prof. Elaine Gagliardi
Prof. Andrew King-Ries
Prof. Cathay Smith
Dylan Jaicks, student non-voting member

 

Faculty Perquisites & Merit Pay Review

Charge: Review and rank applications for research leaves, merit pay, and Mason Stipend.
Prof. Elaine Gagliardi, Chair
Prof. Pippa Browde
Prof. Craig Cowie
Prof. Sam Panarella

 

Strategic Planning

(Elected to staggered 3-year terms, with one member elected annually.)
Charge:  Map progress on Strategic Plan action items and report back to faculty with recommendations for areas of emphasis or de-emphasis.
Prof. Andrew King-Ries (term ending 2019), Chair
Prof. Sandi Zellmer (term ending 2021)
Prof. Monte Mills (term ending 2020)
Dean Paul Kirgis, ex officio
Ryan Hickey, student non-voting member

 

Tenure and Promotion

(5 tenured faculty members elected prior to October in even-numbered years.)
Charge:  Attend to all processes set out in the Faculty Handbook for applicants for tenure and promotion.  Prepare a written report regarding each candidate’s application for promotion or tenure making recommendation to the faculty for approval or disapproval. 
Prof. Michelle Bryan, Chair
Prof. Larry Howell
Prof. Sam Panarella
Prof. Stacey Sterling
Prof. Hillary Wandler

 

APPOINTED COMMITTEES

 

Admissions & Scholarships

(6 appointed faculty members and 1 student non-voting member.)
Charge: Address admissions, scholarship awards, and recruitment. Work with Director of Admissions to improve diversity in admissions.
Prof. Pippa Browde, Chair
Prof. Jon Byington
Prof. Cynthia Ford
Prof. Andrew King-Ries
Prof. Sam Panarella
Prof. Stacey Sterling
Sarah Pepe, ex officio
Becky Garner, ex officio (scholarships)
Erin Lunde Keenan, ex officio (scholarships)
Molly Kelly, student non-voting member

 

Dean's Advisory Committee

 

Charge: Advise the Dean on all matters of law school governance. 
Prof. Eduardo Capulong
Prof. Larry Howell
Prof. Anthony Johnstone
Prof. Stacey Sterling
Prof. Hillary Wandler
Becky Garner, ex officio
Erin Lunde Keenan, ex officio

 

Clerkship

 

Charge: Provide guidance and support for students applying for judicial clerkships.
Prof. Pippa Browde
Prof. Jordan Gross
Prof. Anthony Johnstone
Prof. Hillary Wandler
Lori Freeman 

 

Curriculum

(5 appointed faculty members and 1 student voting member.)
Charge: Coordinate completion of skills outcomes assessment and formulate plan for assessment of professional values. Evaluate litigation skills sequence in first and second years and, if appropriate, present faculty with options for modifying curriculum. Finalize proposed revisions to Intro Program, considering relationship to Academic Success, and make recommendations to faculty. Adopt a list of pre-approved cross-campus courses for law school credit. Consider and report to faculty on options for changing the low grade in credit/no-credit courses to avoid an “F” on a student’s transcript. Consider and report to faculty on grading for Preparing for the Bar Exam.
Prof. Anthony Johnstone, Chair
Prof. Eduardo Capulong
Prof. Craig Cowie
Prof. Jordan Gross
Prof. Cathay Smith
Craig McCormack, student voting member

 

Faculty Development & Mentoring

Charge: Complete review of faculty workload policy and recommend changes for faculty consideration. Assess viability of committee-based faculty development and mentoring plan and report to faculty with any recommended changes. Coordinate faculty workshops on effective teaching and other topics.
Prof. Michelle Bryan, Chair
Prof. Bari Burke
Prof. Elaine Gagliardi
Prof. Anthony Johnstone
Prof. Monte Mills
Rebekah Gryder, student non-voting member

 

Library, Technology, & Facilities

(4 appointed faculty members; 1 student voting member.)
Charge: Develop IT strategic plan outlining school of law IT needs, prioritizing those needs for budgetary purposes, and proposing timelines for completion.
Prof. Stacey Sterling, Chair
Prof. Bari Burke
Prof. Cynthia Ford
Prof. Cathay Smith
Becky Garner, ex officio
Austin Wallis, student voting member

 

Student Affairs

(4 appointed faculty members; 3 student voting members for Honor Code issues only.)
Charge: Address honor code, disqualification, readmission, grade appeals, and matters related to faculty-student relations, retention, and student mentoring. Recommend changes to student course evaluation system to increase participation. Review honors policy, including considering switch to Latin terminology, adding summa cum laude, and modifying criteria. Consider possible revisions to Honor Code, including whether to include professionalism. Revise student handbook to match Montana State Bar language regarding exclusion.
Prof. Hillary Wandler, Chair
Prof. Jordan Gross
Prof. Larry Howell
Prof. Sandi Zellmer
Maria Mangold, ex officio
TBD, student voting member