University of Montana School of Law

Barrister eBrief - April 2015

Students on spring break energy field trip

Energy Field Trip Provides Alternative Spring Break

Over spring break a group of UM School of Law students accompanied by Interim Dean Greg Munro took a 1,400-mile, five-day bus tour across Montana to see firsthand the various forms of energy development in the state. The Energy Facilities Field Trip is a course designed to provide law students an on-the-ground experience of the energy developments about which they study. At each energy location and during transit on the bus, lawyers who specialize in each form of energy instructed the students in the laws that govern the permitting, development, siting and operation of facilities involved.

Mike Pasque, a 2L student at the UM School of Law, blogged the entire trip across Montana. View all posts and photos of the energy law field trip starting with day one.
Montana Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court Hears Case at UM

The Montana Supreme Court made their annual visit to campus Friday April 10, 2015 to hear DA 14-0260, DOR v. Priceline. The question before the Montana Supreme Court is whether Montana travel taxes properly apply to the activities of online travel companies like Priceline.com. The case was introduced by Professor Pippa Browde who teaches tax law at the UM School of Law.

The Missoulian posted a short summary of the case on their website.
Professor Johnstone receives award

UMSL Recognized for Civic Education

Professor Anthony Johnstone and the School of Law have been recognized as exemplary partners by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for assisting in the development of the Civic Education and the Law Institute. In this institute, high school students, in-service social studies teachers, and teacher candidates experience oral arguments before the Montana Supreme Court and have the opportunity to discuss the case, the workings of the judiciary, and related legal topics with University of Montana School of Law students, legal scholars, practicing attorneys, and teachers.

Read the full article on the Civic Education and the Law Institute.
ATA Program attendees in class

Advanced Trial Advocacy Program Less Than a Month Away

The 27th Annual Advanced Trial Advocacy Program will run Monday May 25 through Friday May 29, 2015. This intensive program has limited seats available. Those interested are encouraged to register early to avoid being placed on a waiting list.

View details about the program including the schedule, case summary, and registration information on the Advanced Trial Advocacy 2015 Program webpage.
Reunion postcard cover

Don't Miss Reunion Weekend

Join fellow classmates and other law school alumni from class years ending in a 0 or 5 on September 25 & 26, 2015. Activities planned for Reunion Weekend include CLE opportunities, class dinners, the Annual Scholarship Brunch, a tailgate and GRIZ football.

Stay tuned to the UM School of Law website for more information on the 2015 Reunion Weekend as the event gets closer.

Faculty in the News

Interim Dean Greg Munro
Interim Dean Greg Munro was interviewed recently by NBC Montana and appeared in a story titled "Bench trial leaves decision in judge's hands."

Pippa Browde
Professor Pippa Browde was quoted by the Missoulian from her introduction of the Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument heard at UM. The article "Montana Supreme Court hears state's, online travel companies' arguments at UM" can be found on the Missoulian's website.

Cynthia Ford
Professor Cynthia Ford was interview and appeared in an April 15 story from ABC Fox Montana titled "Still No Verdict in Adam Hatfield Murder Trial."

Maylinn Smith
Professor Maylinn Smith appeared in a recent article published by The Hill titled "Tribes say no to Keystone."

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