University of Montana School of Law

Barrister eBrief - March 2015

Dan Knudsen

Judge Sidney Thomas to Deliver Browning Lecture

Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will present the annual James R. Browning Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana.

The James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law brings nationally renowned legal minds to Missoula to discuss timely issues in the law. The title of Thomas’ lecture is “Judge James R. Browning: His Legacy for Montana and the Future of the Federal Judiciary.”

Read the Missoulian's article on the Browning Lecture.
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Environmental Moot Court Team Places in Top 3 Nationally

Katelyn Hepburn (3L), Lindsey West (2L) and Hannah Cail (2L) competed against Vermont Law School and the University of Mississippi in the final round of Pace’s 2015 Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in February. The last time the University of Montana competed in the final round was in 2005.

Read the full article on the Environmental Moot Court Team. Additionally, the Missoulian published an article on the team's placement.
Professor Elaine Gagliardi

Mediation Team Finishes Third and Fourth

The University of Montana School of Law sent two teams to the Southeast Regional Representation in Mediation Competition in Gainesville, Florida on February 21 and 22. The competition was hosted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The team pairs placed third and fourth in their respective competitions.

Read the full article on the Mediation Team.

Upcoming Events and CLEs

Be sure to check the events calendar for all upcoming events and continuing legal education opportunities. With law week coming up April 6-10, there will be a number of chances to connect back with UMSL and earn CLEs, even free ones!

Browning Lecture
Thursday March 26  |  7:00 PM  |  University Center North Ballroom
The Montana Law Review presents the 2015 Hon. James R. Browning Symposium featuring guest speaker Hon. Sidney R. Thomas, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and University of Montana School of Law alumnus. This event is free and open to the public.

Law Week with the Library Free CLEs
Mon April 6 - Wed April 8  |  Noon - 1:00 PM each day  |  School of Law Castles Arena
Join Professor Stacey Gordon from the Jameson Law Library during Law Week for a series of brown-bag legal research workshops. Each workshop will cover research topics of interest to both students and practitioners. No pre-registration is required. Each session offers one CLE credit (pending). Monday: Fastcase Training, Tuesday: Indian Law Research with Professor Maylinn Smith, Wednesday: Researching Legislation & Legislative History.

Centennial Barristers' Ball
Thursday April 9  |  8:00 PM  |  DoubleTree Hotel Missoula  |  $30 cash, $34 online
Celebrate 100 years of the University of Montana School of Law Barristers' Ball with students, alumni and the Montana Supreme Court. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Reception from 8 - 9 PM and music featuring Tom Catmull from 9 PM - midnight. Appetizers and two drinks included with each ticket.

Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument
Friday April 10  |  9:30 AM  |  University of Montana Dennison Theatre
The justices of the Supreme Court of Montana hold a hearing on campus each year at the invitation of the School of Law. The hearing is open to students and the public. The case will be introduced by Professor Pippa Browde.

Native American Law Student Association CLE
Thursday April 16  |  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula
7.5 CLE Credits (Pending)  |  Attorney $100, Indian Law Section Member $70, Legal Staff $50
Register and attend NALSA’s 2015 Indian Law Week CLE. This year’s event will focus on the intersection between law, culture and the environment. Experts will lead CLE attendees through informative presentations concerning contemporary issues in Indian Country today.

Faculty in the News

Greg Munro
Interim Dean Greg Munro will speak at the State Bar Family Law CLE in Billings on April 24, 2015 on "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Errors and Omissions Insurance Coverage."

Michelle Bryan
Professor Bryan will speak in an ABA Water Law Webinar titled "Water Law 101" on April 8. The webinar will cover the basic legal doctrines that govern surface water use and groundwater use in the United States. In addition, Professor Bryan was interviewed in an NBC Montana segment recently titled "Missoula aims to rewrite history in upcoming trial."

Jordan Gross
Professor Gross had her article "The Upside Down Mississippi Problem: Addressing Procedural Disparity Between Federal and State Criminal Defendants in Concurrent Jurisdiction Prosecutions" published by the Hamline Law Review. The article is available on their website.

Anthony Johnstone
Professor Johnstone appeared in two articles recently including "Who’s Pulling the Strings?" and "Open Primary Debate Spills Into The Legislature." In addition, Professor Johnstone will be speaking at the Second Annual Equal Pay Summit on Saturday April 11 in Butte, MT.

Sam Panarella
Professor Panarella was quoted in a Missoulian article recently titled "Law firm: Algonquin under investigation for possible class action lawsuit."

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