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Stacey Gordon Sterling



Personal Summary

Professor Gordon Sterling is the Director of the Jameson Law Library. She teaches several courses: Legal ResearchAdvanced Legal ResearchEnvironmental Law Research, Indian Law Research and Animal Law.  Professor Gordon Sterling is a frequent CLE presenter on legal research and animal law topics. She writes in the area of animal law and is the advisor of the law school’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is also the Director of the First-Year Law Firm Program.

Professor Gordon Sterling is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, the University of Washington School of Library and Information Science, and The University of Montana School of Law, where she was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and served as business editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review. Before coming the University of Montana, she was the Library Director at Salish Kootenai College.

In addition to her work in the law school, Professor Gordon served as the Secretary of the Board of the Humane Society of Western Montana, and Chair of the HSWM Legislative and Advocacy Committee. She is also the Chair of the American Association of Law Libraries Animal Law Caucus Education Committee, and a member of the American Association of Law Schools Animal Law Section Executive Committee. Her pro bono and volunteer work focuses on consulting on animal law issues. She is also a HOPE foster parent for the Humane Society of Western Montana and always has a house full of animals in need of permanent homes. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Humane Society of Western Montana Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award.


B.S., Eastern Washington University, 1988

M. Libr., University of Washington, 1991

J.D., University of Montana, 2000


Books & Chapters
The Legal Rights of All Living Things: How Animal Law Can Extend the Environmental Movement’s Quest for Legal Standing for Non-Human Lives in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law (Randall S. Abate, ed. 2015). Recognized as the Best Work Published by ELI Press in 2015 and republished at 33 Envtl. F. 44 (2016),
Online Legal Research: A Guide to Legal Research Services and Other Internet Tools (2003).       
Regarding Humanity: How a Punitive Damages Statute Reflects Humanity's View of Animal Cruelty, 8 J. Animal & Evnt'l L. 1 (2017).
Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Goes Down and Other States May Be Next, Law360 (Aug. 24, 2015).
A Solution in Search of a Problem: The Difficulty with State Constitutional “Right to Hunt” Amendments, 35 Pub. Land & Resources L. Rev. 1 (2014).       
Lost Legislative Intent: What Will Montanans Do When the Meaning Isn’t Plain? 70 Mont. L. Rev. 1 (2009) (with Helia Jazayeri).
Update: What’s New on Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline and Loislaw, Leg. Info. Alert  (2000-2009). Annual article.
Specialized Legal Research: My Experience in Developing Courses, 26 Leg. Info. Alert 1 (Apr. 2007).
A Better Tradition: Why Law Reviews Should Adopt a New Citation Format, 68 Mont. L. Rev. 175 (2007).
Travels with Scarlet: Continuing Education Montana Style, 24 Leg. Info. Alert 1  (Apr. 2005).
Football and CLE, 23 Leg. Info. Alert 1 (Oct. 2004).
CALR Update: Catching Up with the Big Four, 23 Research Advisor 1 (Apr. 2003).
Legal Citation in Montana, 28 Mont. Law. 7 (Sept. 2002).   
Book Reviews
Jill J. Ramsfield, Culture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing (2005) in 25 Leg. Info. Alert 12 (Sept. 2006).
The Other Side of the Dam Story: A Review of Coyote Warrior, 26 Pub. Lands & Resources L. Rev. 163 (2005).
Paul VanDevelder, Coyote Warrior (2004) in 30 Mont. Law. 30 (Oct. 2004).
International Law and Indigenous Peoples (S. James Anaya, ed., Ashgate 2003) in 22 Leg. Info. Alert 13 (June 2003).
Stephen L. Carter, Emporer of Ocean Park (Alfred A. Knopf 2002) in 28 Mont. Law.30 (Mar. 2003).
Larry Elison & Fritz Snyder, The Montana State Constitution: A Reference Guide (2001) in 28 Mont. Law. 30 (Jan. 2003).