University of Montana School of Law

Barrister eBrief - February 2015

Dan Knudsen

3L Dan Knudsen Awarded ABA Taxation Fellowship

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation awarded University of Montana School of Law student Daniel Knudsen the prestigious Christine A. Brunswick Fellowship. He is one of two students nationwide to receive a fellowship for 2015-2017 award period. The Brunswick Fellowship program was developed by the Section of Taxation in 2008 “to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.”

Read the full article on Dan Knudsen.
ATA Save the Date Banner

Save the Date: Advanced Trial Advocacy

The 27th Annual Advanced Trial Advocacy Program will be held May 25-29, 2015 at the University of Montana School of Law. The program features intensive hands-on sessions in trial advocacy offering tips and techniques from jury selection to closing arguments. An outstanding group of Montana trial lawyers and judges will demonstrate skills and critique your performance.

Tution and Credits
Tuition for this program is $1,200 and includes approximately 30 CLE credits (including one ethics credit), pending approval. Registration opens mid-March online at
Professor Elaine Gagliardi

Professor Gagliardi Elected as Fellow to ACTC

Professor Elaine Gagliardi was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC) at the College’s 2015 Annual Meeting. This is an honor bestowed on no more than 700 tax lawyers nationwide. Professor Gagliardi is the only elected member currently from Montana.

Read the full article on Professor Gagliardi.
Professor Irma Russell

Professor Russell to Speak at Symposium

Professor and former Dean Irma Russell has been invited to serve as a speaker at the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium at George Washington University Law School, March 26-27, 2015. The symposium will focus on Next Generation Compliance.

Read more about Professor Russell's invitation.
Jake Coolidge Interview

2L Jake Coolidge Interviewed Regarding Montana Jails

2L Jake Coolidge was interviewed in a news segment regarding the ACLU's report on Montana jails titled "Locked in the Past: Montana’s Jails in Crisis" released in February. Jake is the School of Law representative on the ACLU board and contributed to the production of the report, which is receiving much attention across Montana.

Watch Jake's interview from ABC Fox Montana.

Faculty in the News

Interim Dean Greg Munro
Interim Dean Greg Munro will speak at the Yellowstone Area Bar Association on the State of Legal Education in the United States on February 27th. He will also speak on “Insurance and Climate Change” as a panelist at the Public International Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon on March 6th. In addition, Dean Munro presented on “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about E&O Coverage” at the Montana State Bar CLE & SKI in January and will present the same topic for the State Bar in Billings on April 24th.

Anthony Johnstone
Professor Johnstone appeared in two articles recently including "Bill Would Bar Foreign Laws in Montana Courts" and "One-word Debate: Bill to Clarify Constitution Gets Mired in Trapping Dispute."

Jeff Renz
Professor Jeff Renz appeared in a recent article released by the Smithsonian titled "The Year Montana Rounded Up Citizens for Shooting Off Their Mouths." The article focuses on the Montana Sedition Law circa 1918 and how Professor Renz and his law clinic students assisted Journalism Professor Clemens Work in getting pardons issued in May 2006 to those convicted under the Montana Sedition Law.

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