Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
Barrister eBrief

Barrister eBrief - September 2016

Students on Graduation Day

Homecoming Surprise! Law School Receives $2.5 Million Bequest for Scholarships

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana has received its largest-ever planned gift and the second largest gift in the history of the school; an anonymous $2.5 million bequest that will ultimately be used for merit scholarships. "This is tremendous news for future generations of law students," said Dean Paul Kirgis. "Scholarships are essential to attract the best and most diverse student body and that translates into outstanding lawyers practicing in Montana and around the country. We are truly humbled by this gift and by the donor’s belief in what we are doing at the school."
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Blewett Scholarship Matching Challenge Raises Over $400,000 in First 15 Months

The $1.5 Million scholarship matching challenge included in the Blewett naming gift has raised over $400,000 in just the first fifteen months, putting it well on pace to meet the match. "The response to the scholarship challenge has been very strong and I fully anticipate we will meet the ambitious goal set by Zander and Andy Blewett," said Dean Paul Kirgis.
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Law Alumni Reunion Weekend

Law Alumni Reunion Weekend is Here

Law Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016 starts this Friday! Events kickoff with the Montana Law Review's Browning Symposium. Please visit the reunion weekend webpage to check on the latest events for your class.
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Join the School of Law for the Reunion Weekend Tailgate

The School of Law's first tailgate of the season will be held Saturday October 1, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., prior to the University of Montana and Southern Utah University football game. All alumni, members of the legal community and family are invited to attend.
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Montana Innocence Project Plans Week of Events Highlighting the Work of the Project

The Montana Innocence Project (MTIP), a statewide non-profit dedicated to exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions, has put together a slate of exciting programs and activities for their first-ever Montana Innocence Project Week. These events, taking place October 1-7, 2016, are designed to highlight the work and mission of the Montana Innocence Project. Featured events include a free CLE session at noon on Tuesday, October 4 and MTIP's Annual Open House from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7 featuring special guest, defense attorney Dean Strang from the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer."
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Denver, CO

Denver Alumni Event Set for October 14th

A Denver area alumni reception is set for Friday, October 14th at 4:30 at the office of Bryan Cave. Dean Paul Kirgis and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, John Mudd, will be in attendance. We look forward to seeing our Colorado friends for a hosted end-of-week happy hour.

Alumni Lead Front Range Offices

Meanwhile, law graduates continue to make their presence known in the Denver area. James E. Dallner '05, was recently named managing partner of the Denver office of Lathrop & Gage, a 320 lawyer firm based in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Dallner is a civil trial attorney specializing in large, complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trials and appeals. His practice is concentrated in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, as well as subrogation matters and construction disputes.

Dallner joins Paul Lopach, a 1997 graduate, who presently serves as the managing partner at Bryan Cave's Denver office. The firm has approximately 1,000 lawyers. Lopach is a litigator who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, product liability and negligence cases, natural resource litigation, banking, and intellectual property litigation.
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Alexander Blewett III School of Law
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812

(406) 243-4311