Student Ambassadors

Adam Forslund

Adam ForslundFinding my way to law school a bit later in life was a difficult yet natural choice and progression for me. I grew up outside of Detroit and moved to Montana in 1998 in order to complete my undergraduate degree in Film and Theater at Montana State University graduating in 2000. I worked for 15 years as a cinematographer and photographer on feature films, documentaries, TV ads and photographing major international touring bands. Joining the ABIII class of 2018 has exceeded all expectations. The classes are challenging yet fun while the Professors are demanding and encouraging. After graduation my goal is to help Montanans in rural and underserved areas. I am a member of the Rural Advocacy League and the Federalist Society. When I’m not in school I’m fly fishing, skiing, climbing, hunting, and enjoying life in Missoula.

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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 Alexander 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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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. ABIII certainly fit that bill. Since arriving, I have involved myself in the Phi Alpha Phi society and American Constitution Society.

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