My name is Christine Brauer, and I am a third year law student (3L). I have greatly enjoyed my years at UMSL and have made many great friends and lasting relationships. I have also tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can, because at this school the opportunities are endless! In my first weeks as a 1L, I tried out for UMSL's ABA Negotiation Competition Team (coached by Klaus Sitte) and made it! My partner Paul Adam and I trained and competed together for three years, traveling to regional competitions in Salem, OR, Calgary, Alberta, and Eugene, OR. Following my 1L year, I interned at Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) in Missoula and worked alongside MLSA attorneys in family law cases involving domestic violence and housing issues. In my 2L year, I became a Student Ambassador in order to provide insight to prospective students and to represent the UMSL student body at school events. I was also elected to represent my class on the Student Bar Association (SBA) as the 2L Representative. I also was appointed as the student representative to two faculty committees, the Competition Teams Committee and the Admissions Committee. My favorite memory from my 2L year was being selected to sing "America the Beautiful" at the UMSL's Centennial Gala, in which hundreds of attorneys, students, and supporters of UMSL from around the state gathered to celebrate 100 years of excellence at UMSL. What an honor! Following my second year, I interned at Brown Law Firm (an insurance defense firm) in Billings, MT, and was given the opportunity to appear in the Yellowstone County District Court under the Student Practice Rule. As a 3L, I was appointed as the student representative to the Competitions Team faculty committee for the second time. I am currently doing my clinic in the Mediation Clinic, which is one of the four in-house clinics offered to 3L students. I am a member of UMSL's ABA Representation in Mediation Competition Team (coached by Professor Eduardo Capulong). We will travel to the University of California, Berkeley, to compete this spring. As evidenced, I have had a strong focus in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) while in law school, and plan to pursue that area in my future career. At the start of my 3L year, I became the Lieutenant Governor of Communications for the ABA's 12th Circuit, which means that I am a member of the governing body of law schools in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. As for life after law school, I will be getting married this summer, taking the Bar Exam, and moving to Billings, MT to clerk for Judge Knisely in the Yellowstone County District Court. I have loved my time at UMSL, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more!
Born and raised in Missoula, MT, I am a fourth generation Missoula native and a graduate from The University of Montana. As an undergrad at UM, I majored in Political Science and received a Minor in Nonprofit Administration. I am an active participant in the world of politics and nonprofits. I have worked extensively on political campaigns and, before starting law school in Fall 2011, I worked at United Way of Missoula County raising money for local and international charities. I enjoy the outdoors, music, hiking, flying, and shooting sports, and I am actively involved in the Missoula church community. I love meeting new people and discovering their passions. Regardless of life’s daily stresses, I like to keep the perspective each day that people matter most.
I am currently a 2L law student and I am from Ontario, Canada. I graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Honors Sociology. I am a first generation Canadian with parents who were refugees from Somalia. I am also interested in playing and coaching soccer and I follow the English Premiership League for soccer. I have volunteered as a newcomer youth mentor back in Canada and I really enjoyed the experience I had as a volunteer at a Legal Aid Clinic in Canada. I am interested in Criminal Law and public interest. I am currently the President of the National Black Law Association at UMSL.
I am a 1993 graduate from Carroll College in Helena, Montana with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Although I was raised in California and lived there briefly after getting married, my husband and I returned to Montana in 2006 to raise our family in a safer environment than where we were living. I have worked in the legal field in some manner (secretary, legal assistant then paralegal) for most of my adult life and chose to come to law school to reach my full professional potential.
I am originally from Indiana and have a lot of family in western Montana. I did 2 years of AmeriCorps before undergrad, then went to Indiana University for my biology degree. I worked as a microbiologist for a few years before law school. I was a “nontraditional” (older) student in both undergrad and in law school. I am the president of American Association for Justice and am planning on being a trial lawyer after law school. I am also extremely active in the Women’s Law Caucus, and I am the treasurer for the Black Law Students’ Association. I am interning at Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner. I have a 7 year old golden retriever named Homie… And I have yet to participate in a law school tradition that wasn’t a total blast – especially the smoker!
I originally chose Montana Law because of the location. My family lives in Montana and I didn't want to stray too far from them. The tuition was definitely a draw too. I was impressed with the practical focus of the curriculum, and, once I visited the school, I was sold. I was honestly surprised by how friendly everyone was - students, staff, and faculty. The students even seemed like they were enjoying the class that I observed (even more impressive considering that it was Civil Procedure.)
What I like about Missoula and UMSL:
Missoula is a really relaxed town and close to the best parts of Montana. Flathead Lake is close enough for a weekend trip, there are at least 5 ski hills nearby, cross country skiing and snowshoeing everywhere, and all kinds of river sports and hiking in the summer. Based on a completely unofficial and unscientific study of people that I know that went to other law schools, UMSL is uncommonly friendly. I am always surprised by how helpful and understanding the faculty is, and I can always find help from a classmate when I need it. We treat each other like colleagues because most of us will be working with each other for the rest of our careers.
I am a Montana resident, having grown up in Charlo, MT. I have worked at a variety of jobs in the employment spectrum including snowboard instructor, wild land firefighter, general contractor, and store clerk. I attended the University of Montana-Western for undergrad and double majored in Modern History/Global Politics. While in undergrad I served as an officer in the UMW Ski and Snowboard club and I was a member of the Honors Club. During my short time at UMSL I have joined the Environmental Law Group and the Criminal Law Student Group. I am an outdoors nut and love to hunt, fish, snowboard and hike. I have traveled around the world quite a bit and have had amazing experiences through these travels. I feel that I am a fairly ordinary guy and have many relatable experiences whether through school, job, or life experiences.
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended the University of Utah for my undergraduate degree. Soon after college, I moved to Montana, which has now been my residence for more than a decade. My work life since college includes a unique array of experiences from working for environmental groups to owning a small construction contracting business. Prior to attending UM Law School I worked as a legal assistant in a plaintiff’s firm here in Missoula. In addition to studying and working toward my J.D. Degree, I have a young family that keeps me busy at home. With any remaining spare time, I enjoy backcountry skiing, trail running, and spending time outdoors with my wife and one year old son. I am proud of the Law School and the positive impact it has on our community. I believe I have a unique perspective of the Law School as a parent and person who is starting a new career.
I graduated from MSU with a degree in Mathematics. In law school, I have focused on environmental law and civil litigation. I am the president of the Outdoor Recreation Law Group and a member of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review. When I am not in class, I like to rock climb, ski, and ride my horse.
I was born in Montana and grew up on a farm just over the state line in North Dakota. After graduating from NDSU in Fargo with a degree in English, I taught English and French at the secondary level for twenty-eight years, mostly in northeastern Montana. My husband of thirty-two years and I have two grown children and one granddaughter. Living and teaching in a small community has given me the privilege of many leadership roles. I was president of the local MEA/AFT teachers’ union, served as its negotiator, and was an active member of the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee, which filed grievances and defended members. I coached a summer league swim team for many years, was a member of my church’s council and one of its Synod Assembly delegates, and am still on my hometown’s Park Board. As a 1L, I have joined the Women’s Law Caucus and intend to volunteer at CASA. My hobbies and interests include flower gardening, running, motorcycling, cooking, writing, and politics.
I was born and raised in Missoula, MT and have loved every second of living here. So much so, after leaving Missoula for my first year of undergraduate studies, I decided to transfer to the University of Montana and continue my education here. In 2008, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and went to work in the mental health field, primarily counseling severely emotionally disturbed children. After feeling frustrated my lack of power to affect change in these children's lives, I decided to look into going to law school.
My family has a rich history with this law school; my grandfather, father and uncles all attended this law school, and I felt a privilege in carrying on that legacy. I am also happy to have the chance to continue living in the Missoula community, which has so much to offer students. Within Missoula there is a wonderful feeling of connectedness to the place we live and to the others who live here. There are numerous community organizations to become involved in; I myself have been on committees and volunteered for non-profit groups, am active in Missoula Downtown Association events, and participate in the Run Wild Missoula running club. Whatever you may be interested in, it's not hard to find someone else in Missoula who shares those interests.
I grew up in Tri-Cities Washington, but I have spent most of my time after high school living in Montana (Helena and Polson). I graduated from Carroll College and studied Political Science and Psychology. After graduating from Carroll I decided to take some time to work and pursue my hobbies (skiing, fishing, and hiking) before returning to school. During that time I worked in various trades. I have been a commercial flooring installer in Seattle, WA, a Counselor at Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena, MT, a “fish-pusher” for a salmon cannery in Nanek, AK, and even a ski bum in Sun Valley, ID. The diversity of work and experiences I had after graduation allowed me to grow a lot as a person and see how the law can impact any type of work, which made me excited to pursue a legal education. Much of my interest in law stems from my work experience as a counselor, where I hope to work with families, foster children, and on mental health policy related to the law.
Everyone fears the first semester of law school, but the supportive teachers, staff, and students at the Montana School of Law got us through. Now, we are preparing to help and counsel live clients in only our second semester!
Montana has given me many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Now, with the Clark Fork River just a stone's throw from campus, I can take study breaks to do some fly fishing.
I grew up in Ashland, Oregon and attended the University of Montana for my undergraduate degree. I achieved a BA in Philosophy and have minors in Native American Studies and Wilderness Studies. In my first year of law school I participated in the Client Counseling Competition and loved learning about the subtleties of attorney-client relationships. The summer after my 1L year I was an intern for the Montana American Civil Liberties Union and I now serve as the law school representative on the ACLU State Board. My academic career is an extension of my commitment to social justice. In my personal life I enjoy practicing yoga and cooking.
I feel when you love something you should share it with others. Since first setting foot in Montana I knew I loved this place and ever since I have encouraged others to visit and even attend the University. I can proudly say I have encouraged at least five students from my home town to attend U of M. At times people have joked that the University should hire me as a recruiter. My enthusiasm for the University of Montana has only increased since attending UM School of Law. This school provides students with incredible Professors who are committed to their work and to the community.