Student Ambassadors

Kylar Clifton

Kylar CliftonOriginally from Great Falls, Montana, I attended undergraduate school at Montana State University where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with minors in Finance and Political Science. While at MSU, I thoroughly enjoyed being involved and taking on leadership roles within my university and throughout the community. When I started to look at law schools to apply to after graduation, I was struck by the authenticity of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law. I love being able to feel at home while at school and am always impressed by the amount of support I receive from all members of the law school community. When not in class, I am involved in the Criminal Law Group and enjoy playing tennis, hiking, fishing, and visiting the great breweries in Missoula.

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Colton Coffee

Colton CoffeeBeing born and raised in Billings, Montana, I fell in love with the outdoors at a very early age and knew that I could never survive in a place that restricted my need to get outside and explore. It was this aspect that led me to attend Montana State University in Bozeman for my undergraduate degree in marketing. From my time there, I realized that there was so much more that contributed to my success in college than just the outdoors; small class sizes, student organizations, and professors that are student oriented. In looking for my ideal law school, I soon realized that the Blewett School of Law perfectly satisfied each of those needs. Since being here, I have made countless new friends, joined several student groups, including the Rural Advocacy League, and gotten to know my professors on a personal level. Quickly becoming this comfortable, in a new place and with new people, has given me the chance to spend extra time doing the things I love like fishing, camping, and making Missoula my home.

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Erika Colstad

Erika ColstadI was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, and I attended Mills College, the University of Southern Queensland, as well as Montana State University to earn my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I came to the Blewett School of Law because of the community-based atmosphere here at the school. The administration, staff, and professors are all incredibly eager to talk with students and establish personal relationships, which I think is a huge bonus for myself and many others. After my experiences of transitioning from one place to another, I can say with certainty that it’s critical a student love the town they live in, and Missoula has made it easy for myself to call it my home. Upon my admittance into the School of Law, I have been involved with the Women’s Law Caucus and Criminal Law Group, as well as an avid participant in intramural sports. Given all the recreation in Missoula, I’m also constantly exploring new trails, and enjoy live music and dancing of any kind.

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Makenzi Hoffman

Makenzi HoffmanHaving grown up all over Montana, it only seemed logical that I would attend the Blewett School of Law here in our beautiful state. For my undergraduate, I attended the University of Montana and received dual degrees in Business Administration and Marketing and Management with a certificate in Entertainment Management. I chose to continue my higher education at the law school because I was very familiar with the campus, community, and people, and I feel that they empowered me to become the best possible version of myself. Some other motivators for my attendance here include my father (who graduated from the law school in 1984!) and from my experiences working as a legal assistant at Darty Law Office. When I’m not involved in legal studies, I enjoy volunteering at the Humane Society and attending to my own pets, Bailey, Koach, Pilot, and Mario.

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Elliott McGill

Elliott McGillAfter having trekked from Utah to Montana to study at Carroll College in Helena, I developed a love for the state of Montana, and decided to attend the Blewett School of Law. While attending Carroll, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science. I also had the pleasure of working as an intern at Foster, Pepper, PLLC in Seattle, and as an intern for Montana Governor Steve Bullock. I selected the Blewett School of Law because of its respectable reputation in the Environmental Law field, and because of the many opportunities it provides to stay in-state after graduation. Having come from large cities, I find it relaxing to live in a place as open and unique as Missoula, not to mention all the great fly-fishing, hiking, and camping areas all around. When not in class, I’m involved in the Environmental Law Group and Business & IP Club on campus.

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John Miller

John MillerI am from Judith Gap, Montana and attended Montana State University for my undergraduate degree; studying Business Management. Growing up in a rural community in central Montana, instilled in me a great admiration and respect for the Big Sky state. This love for Montana, outdoor recreational actives and desire to practice law, in our state, led me to attend the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana. During my time at law school, I have involved myself in the OUTlaws student organization as well as with the Student Bar Association. Outside of law school, I serve on the board of directors for the Montana 4-H Foundation and am involved as a volunteer for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, advocating for public lands, trails and keeping working farms and ranches working.

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Reema Najjar

Reema NajjarOriginally from the small town of Anaconda, Montana, I attend Montana State University as a first-generation college student where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychological Sciences. Before coming to law school I worked for a year as a Psychometrist at Bozeman Health. My decision to go to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law was not one I came to easily as I wanted to be in a place that would not only prepare and challenge me to become a competent lawyer, but I also wanted to be in an environment that encouraged student comradery, had instructors who were invested in student success, and provided ample opportunities to contribute to the school and community. After many hours of research, I realized that the Blewett School of Law was the place for me. As a student, I’m currently involved in the Women’s Law Caucus and Montana Trial Lawyers Association and American Constitutional Society. Outside of school, I enjoy being out in the Missoula community, hiking, baking, golfing and taking on daily crossword puzzles.

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Tori Nickol

Tori NickolI was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and I attended Carroll College, where I earned a B.A. in Political Science. I competed for the Carroll track team in the 400 meter hurdles and I loved every minute of it. I also had the opportunity to work for a private Ob/Gyn practice, a law firm specializing in estate planning, and as a grant-writer for several nonprofits. All of these experiences prompted me to pursue a career in law and so far I have not been disappointed. Until I attended the Admitted Student’s Day I was fairly committed to attending a law school out of state; however, my experiences talking with the faculty and current students at the Blewett School of Law made me reconsider my decision (and I’m so glad I did!). The environment here encourages students to challenge one another but still emphasizes the importance of comradery and professionalism. I love the community of Missoula and all it has to offer and I am excited to be a part of the University of Montana.

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Jennifer Shannon

Jennifer ShannonI grew up in the small town of Stevensville, Montana in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley. I received my undergraduate degree in History from the University of Montana and came to law school right after graduation. Having spent my entire life in the western part of Montana, I feel comfortable talking to anyone about what an amazing state we live in and giving advice about the best way to spend an afternoon in Missoula. I knew immediately that the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana was the law school for me; I love the small community, dedicated staff and practice-based curriculum. There has not been a dull moment since I started. In my spare time, I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and at various leadership programs for young women across the state. I am involved in Women’s Law Caucus and also enjoy kayaking, camping, knitting, and cats.

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Holly Suek

Holly SuekHailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I came out west looking for something different than what Minnesota had to offer. I attended North Dakota State University prior to coming to the Blewett School of Law, getting my Bachelor of Science in Management Communication with Minors in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology. When I was considering law schools I was looking for a community to call home and a school that would challenge me intellectually. The Blewett School of Law caught my attention, and has since met my expectations on every level. Everyone is extremely supportive and the professors genuinely want to get to know you and watch you succeed. On campus, I am involved in Kappa Alpha Theta as the Vice President of the Missoula Alumnae Chapter, the Women’s Law Caucus as well as the Criminal Law Student Group. Outside of class, I enjoy hiking, running, camping, hunting, snowshoeing, floating, softball, and reading.

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Calder Thingvold

Calder ThingvoldHailing from Forysth, Montana, I began my westward adventures at Montana State University. As an undergrad, I studied history but made great use of student organizations to create a “home away from home” for myself. My experiences in university provided me with the courage to expand my horizons further than I ever thought possible. My favorite adventure to-date has been my study abroad trip to New Zealand for a semester. Traveling taught me to treasure the communities one can find in Montana and to bring that feeling with you wherever you go. When I began applying for law schools, I searched for one that could both challenge me yet make me feel at home. The Blewett School of Law certainly fit that bill. Since arriving, I have involved myself in the Phi Alpha Phi society and American Constitution Society.

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Austin Wallis

Austin WallisPrior to my residence in Missoula, I lived in Nevada, my home state, where I attended the University of Nevada-Reno where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Spanish. Upon completion, I headed north up to Bozeman where I worked as a manager of catering operations at Emerson Grill. I was content with this until the 2016 elections, which inspired me to become more involved in my community and take my career and voice up to the next level and attend the Blewett School of Law here in Missoula. My interests have led me to pursue a Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate to help me make a difference in the world. Being in Missoula empowers me to be the best version of myself, and constantly being surrounded by natural beauty compels me to work my hardest every day. Around campus, I am involved with the Outlaw Student Group and the Women’s Law Caucus, as well as being involved with the Bike Walk Bitterroot Organization. When I’m not busy, I can be seen hiking all around Missoula or enjoying the vibrant music scene.

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Oliver Wood

Oliver WoodOriginating from the Evergreen State of Washington, I attended undergraduate school at Whitman College in Walla Walla, and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Humanities. When I was considering law schools, I turned to the Blewett School of Law because of its stellar reputation on environmental studies, and its holistic tackling of natural resource disputes. Upon arrival, I’ve felt drawn to the community of Missoula where something is always going on, whether it be socially, culturally, or academically. The unique combination of work and play in Missoula falls perfectly in-line with my aspirations, and provides many opportunities, making this a real great place to live. Outside of class, I head into the mountains with friends frequently, and enjoy baking and working in my garden.

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