Adjunct Faculty

Jeff Renz

Clinical Professor (Retired)


Personal Summary

Jeff Renz is the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic. He brings over twenty years of practice experience in which he emphasized criminal, civil rights, and environmental law to his position. From 1991-1993 he served as a Special Judge for the Crow Tribal Appellate Court in Montana.

In January of 2001, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Murphy v. Shaw, 532 U.S. 223 (2001) (punishment of inmate for sending legal advice to another inmate).

Renz has been a moderator or panelist on the following:

Rule of Law in Emerging Democracies: Lessons from American History, in Georgia-U.S.A. Relations: A Dialogue Between Georgian and American Scholars in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (June 1, 2004).

Legal Education in the Kyrgyz Republic (Oct. 15, 2003).

Rule of Law, presented to U.S. Telecommunications Training Initiative—Central Asia Telecommunications Training Initiative (Sept. 15, 2003).

Renz received both his B.A. (1971) and J.D. (1979) degrees from The University of Montana.


Stare Decisis in Montana, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 41 (2004).

Restoring Private to Privacy, 64 Mont. L. Rev. 385 (2003).

What Spending Clause? (Or the President's Paramour): An Examination of the Views of Hamilton, Madison, and Story on Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, 33 Marshall L. Rev. 81 (1999).

Post-Conviction Relief in Montana, 55 Mont. L. Rev. 321 (1994).

The Coming of Age of State Environmental Policy Acts, 5 Pub. Land L. Rev. (1984) (excerpted in Rosenberg & Schoenbaum, Environmental Policy Law (2d ed. 1996)).

Federal Water Pollution Control Legislation, 43 Mont. L. Rev. 197 (1982).