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AMBER HENNING
(Class of 2013)

amyabendrothAmy Abendroth
amy1.abendroth@umontana.edu   

I have been a resident of Montana since the age of 12. I moved to Missoula in 2000 and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in Sociology  with an emphasis in Criminology. I have held a variety of professional positions, including Correctional Unit Manager for a community corrections program, Chief    Misdemeanor Probation Officer, and City Police Officer. I am embarking on a new career and am thrilled to be attending the University Of Montana School Of Law. As a 2L,  I am involved in the Women’s Law Caucus, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association and serve as the President of the Criminal Law Group as well as the Vice-Magister of Phi Delta Phi.

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Brant Beaudry
brant.beaudry@umontana.edu 

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.

Dave.BellDave Bell
david2.bell@umontana.edu

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.

caitlinbolandCaitie Boland
caitlin.boland@umontana.edu    

I grew up in Great Falls, Montana. I majored in Government at Georgetown University and received a Master's degree in International Political Theory from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After working at a large litigation firm in Washington, D.C., I moved back to Montana to attend law school. At the University Of Montana School Of Law I am the teaching assistant for the first-year Contracts class and I was elected to be the next Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review. I also intern for the Hon. Judge Donald W. Molloy. I am glad to be in law school at UMSL because Flathead Lake, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and my family are never far away.

sarahgraySarah Gray
sarah.gray@umontana.edu     

My home state is Alaska. I have worked as a legal assistant, but spent the majority of the past five years as a barista. I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks for my undergrad, and graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communication. While at the UAF I served as both Secretary and Vice President for the Prelaw Society on campus. Here, at the University Of Montana School Of Law, I am involved in several different exciting clubs! I am President of the Rural Advocacy League, a club that is interested with legal issues to specific rural communities in Montana. I am also the secretary for the Criminal Law Group and also secretary for the Women's Law Caucus. Upon graduation,  I would love to pursue a career involving criminal law with special interest in juvenile justice. My hobbies include hiking, biking, swimming, and PADDLE BOARDING! I also enjoy reading a great book and tending to my miniature garden.

ryanhennenRyan Hennen
ryan.hennen@umontana.edu    

 I grew up in Whitefish, MT and earned a degree in Information Systems from the University of Montana. After school I spent 3 years working for a Fortune 500 company in both Montana and Chicago, IL. My previous experience with a fast paced work environment led me to my current pursuits in Criminal law. I spent my 1L summer as a clerk for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which operates in the largest criminal court system in the United States. While I enjoyed urban life, I decided to return to Montana and was accepted as a transfer student at the University Of Montana School Of Law. I enjoy sports, reading, and movies and concocting various schemes in order to fit these things into a hectic law school schedule. 

Kari.JensenKari Jensen
kari.jensen@umontana.edu

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.

Matt.MitchellMatt Mitchell
matthew1.mitchell@umontana.edu

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.

robpadmosRobert Padmos
Robert.padmos@umontana.edu    

 I come to the University of Montana from Helena, MT. I graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Sociology. Before coming to law school, I worked at the State Bar of Montana as the Director of the Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection. I also, am a member of the Montana Air National Guard.  Currently I am a member of the school’s Rural Advocacy League, The Criminal Law Group and the Trial Lawyers Association. I look forward to being able to give insight into the wonderful world of UM Law, and impart at least some of the enthusiasm I have because I chose to attend UM. 

 

Shea.SammonsShea Sammons
shea.sammons@umontana.edu

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.