University of Montana School of Law

Barrister eBrief - January 2015

Judge Charles Erdmann

Erdmann (’75) to Become Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Judge Charles "Chip" Erdmann, a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, will become the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. on August 1, 2015. Erdmann has been a member of the Court since his appointment by President George W. Bush in 2002. He will succeed the Honorable Jamie Baker, former counsel to the National Security Agency under President Clinton before taking the bench.

Read the full article about Judge Erdmann on the UM School of Law website.
Save the Date

Save the Date: Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015

Attention 0's & 5's! The date for the 2015 Alumni Reunion Weekend has been set. Join fellow classmates and other law school alumni from class years ending in a 0 or 5 on September 25 & 26, 2015. This year's activities will feature CLE opportunities, class dinners, the Annual Scholarship Brunch, tailgate and GRIZ football.

Consider Becoming a Class Captain
Class Captains assist in organizing events for Reunion Weekend and spreading the word to fellow classmates. If you are interested in being a Class Captain, please contact John Mudd (’00), Director of Development and Alumni Relations at or (406) 243-4319.
Professor Martha Williams

Professor Williams to Speak at ELR Symposium

Professor Martha Williams has been invited to speak at the 2015 Fordham University Environmental Law Review Symposium. The 2015 symposium, β€œThe Call of the Wild: the Legal Response to Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century,” will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 in New York City. In addition, Professor Williams will have an article published in the Fordham Law Review 2015 Symposium Edition.

Read the full article on Professor Williams.
Professor Maylinn Smith

Professor Smith Receives Casey Award

Professor Maylinn Smith received the Casey Excellence for Children Award for a Child Welfare Leadership Team at the annual Casey Family Programs meeting in Seattle, WA on January 13, 2015. Professor Smith's recognition comes from her work with Indian children and families in Montana and with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes social service department regarding specific training relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Read more about Professor Smith's Casey Award.
Environmental Forum Cover

Professor Russell Co-authors Restating Environmental Law

Professor Irma Russell joins co-authors Tracy Hester, Robert Percival, Victor Flatt, and Joel Mintz in the article entitled Restating Environmental Law. The full version is set to be published in the Spring issue of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. A synopsis of the article appears as the cover story in the January/February issue of The Environmental Forum, a publication of the Environmental Law Institute.

The group of five co-authors, all elected members of the American Law Institute, head an initiative and work group seeking to encourage the ALI to undertake an environmental law restatement or project to address compelling social concerns relating to environmental law.

Read more about Professor Russell's article.

Faculty in the News

Anthony Johnstone
Professor Johnstone appeared in a number of news stories recently including "Changes afoot to tighten campaign finance reporting laws in Montana", "Ninth Circuit Court Meets in Montana" and "Religious activities in Capitol a daily occurrence during session."

Andrew King-Ries
Associate Dean Andrew King-Ries was interviewed in December regarding the Castle Doctrine and appeared in an "Around the Nation" segment on National Public Radio. Listen to the segment Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine' on the NPR website.

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