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

Barrister eBrief - June 2017

Clerk of Court Tyler Gilman, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Hursh, and Dean Paul Kirgis

School of Law and U.S. District Court Join Forces to Renovate Pope Room

Thanks to funding provided through the District of Montana’s Attorney Admission Fund, a $30,000 gift will provide upgrades to the Pope Room. Chief Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Hursh presented the check to School of Law Dean Paul F. Kirgis. “The Pope Room was initially conceived to honor Judge Pope’s service as a professor and member of the federal judiciary by providing a unique meeting space where the paths of law students, faculty and members of the judiciary would intersect,” said Judge Hursh.
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Promoting the Profession: My Best Reporting Job Ever

Professor Greg Munro and Missoula court reporter Melody Jeffries Peters join forces to give law students experience with deposition practice, as discussed in this Journal of Court Reporting article written by Melody Jeffries Peters.
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Law Alumni Reunion Weekend Planning is Underway

Law Alumni Reunion Weekend is October 13 - 14, 2017. This year's featured classes are 7s and 2s! Activities include class dinners organized by class members, the PLRLR biennial conference, the School of Law tailgate, and GRIZ football.
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Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era

Join us during Homecoming and Law Alumni Reunion Weekend for our 37th Biennial Public Land Law Conference, which seeks to answer the question: How do we bridge divides and find common vision to manage our energy and environmental resources in an evolving political climate? Energy development, indigenous involvement, and environmental interests offer seemingly competing visions for the stewardship of our natural resources. The conference will bring together voices of local communities, federal and state actors, tribal nations, and private and nonprofit interests, to work toward a common vision of the law and policy of energy and the environment.
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In Memoriam: Neil Ashley '50 and Barry Hjort '73

Neil Ashley (left), a 1950 graduate of the School of Law, passed away May 7, 2017. He served as a Sergeant in the 746th Tank Battalion, which saw action in the European Theater of Operations, landing on Utah Beach on D-day, and fighting in the Hurtgen Forest, the Ardennes, Remagen, the Rhineland, and elsewhere. Neil attended law school on the GI Bill and worked in the insurance industry, rising to the top of his field.

Barry Hjort (right), a 1973 graduate of the School of Law, passed away June 19, 2017. He was the "Notes and Comments" editor of the Montana Law Review; worked for the Department of Justice in D.C.; served as the attorney for Montana’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education; and was admitted to the bar associations of Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.
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