Student Ambassadors

Chance Carter

Carter,-Chance.jpgOriginally from Iowa, I came to the University of Montana to earn my BFA in Theatre Practice and Performance. I spent three years working in education outreach for a theatre company and traveling North America. Before that, I was a production manager for a professional dance company in Boston, MA. At one point in time, I was on the fence about attending law school. Now that I am here at the Blewett School of Law, I know that it was absolutely the right choice for me. Law is a very diverse field and the skills that law students gain apply to so many different paths in life. What stood out to me most about ABIII was the importance that the school places on having a diverse group of people in the classroom and the pride it places on location. Montana is a unique place to learn law, and it really sets our education apart from many other places in America. I am involved in Outlaws, National Lawyers Guild, and the American Constitution Society. I became a Student Ambassador because I am passionate about the University and I feel so lucky to be studying here. As a prospective student, I had a lot of insecurities, and having those insecurities addressed by students was really an impactful part of my decision to attend law school.

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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.


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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Molly Davis

Davis,-Molly.jpgI attended undergraduate school in my home state at the University of Florida. There, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment. After graduating from U of F, I loaded up whatever would fit in my Subaru and headed west. I stopped in Missoula, for what supposed to be a two-week visit, and absolutely fell in love with the community. I’ve now been here for 7 years. For the past two years I’ve been a stay at home mom working part-time at a brewery. In Florida, I served as the Assistant Land Conservation Director for a land trust in Gainesville. I chose to attend the Alexander Blewett III School of Law because Missoula is my home! I own a home here, have a family, and thoroughly enjoy all that Missoula has to offer. I also love the small class size, the affordability, and the hands-on approach to legal education, which I feel will prepare me for my legal career. As a 1L, I’m excited about joining the Women’s Law Caucus and possible the ELG. I’d love to be one of the first people that prospective students come in contact with and share what makes Missoula and ABIII so wonderful!

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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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Seamus McCulloch

McCulloch,-Seamus.jpgI was born and raised in Billings, Montana, did a brief stint in Bozeman for freshman year of undergrad, and finally settled in Missoula where I’ve lived for the past decade. During my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Montana, I worked for DSS as a research assistant. After graduating, I worked as a restaurant manager at Buffalo Wild Wings, a therapeutic care worker for troubled teens at Youth Homes, a bartender at Lolo Peak Brewery, a trivia announcer at Meagher Bar, and finally as a legal assistant at Paoli Law. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, playing board games with friends, hiking, and participating in the annual Missoula Marathon/Half Marathon. I came to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law because I love Missoula, specifically, the people and the views. I joined the Student Ambassadors because one of my goals is to become more involved in the Missoula and the University community. My experience as an older student is potentially valuable to those thinking about making the same leap back into school that I did. I’ve been part of the service industry for a decade and am attending law school because I genuinely enjoy helping people and being a Student Ambassador seems like a great way to facilitate that.

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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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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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Austin Wallis

Austin WallisPrior to my residence in Missoula, I lived in Nevada, my home state, where I attended the University of Nevada-Reno and earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Spanish. Upon completion, I headed north to Bozeman where I worked as the manager of catering operations at the Emerson Grill. I loved my work in Bozeman until the 2016 elections, which inspired me to take my career and activism to the next level and attend the Blewett School of Law in Missoula. On campus, I am involved with the OUTlaw Student Group, the Women’s Law Caucus and am on the Blewett School of Law Negotiations Team. When I’m not busy with school, you can find me frolicking in the mountains or enjoying Missoula’s vibrant music scene.

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Megan Wampler

Wampler,-Megan.jpgMy hometown is Helena, Montana, but I attended undergraduate school at the University of Michigan. I think my biology background has set me up nicely for law given the necessity for fact-driven and knowledge-based research. I’m grateful to be back in my home state, studying at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, because I believe that studying in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is the absolute best way to prepare for a career in environmental law and policy. What’s more, I love all of the awesome social and cultural opportunities in the Missoula area—from all of the musical venues to the widespread accessibility to the outdoors. My hobbies include trail running with my dog and working on my house plant blog with more than 10,000 followers and counting! I spent all four years of my undergrad as a tour guide, which proved to be one of the most fulfilling and fun services that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

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