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Hillary Wandler

Associate Dean of Students and Professor

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Personal Summary

Professor Wandler currently serves as Associate Dean of Students, teaches courses in legal analysis and writing and veterans disability law, and directs the School of Law’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic. Professor Wandler is admitted to practice in Montana state and federal courts and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and she is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Professor Wandler joined the School of Law faculty in 2008 after clerking for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James R. Browning, clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Donald W. Molloy, and practicing law with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson in Missoula, Montana. She continues to represent veterans in disability claims and appeals, collaborating with students in the Veterans Advocacy Clinic. She received her B.A. cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and her J.D. high honors from the University of Montana School of Law. 

Education

The University of Montana School of Law, J.D., with high honors 2004

Concordia College, B.A., cum laude 1999 

Teaching Experience

Professor Wandler has been teaching at the School of Law since 2008.  She began teaching legal writing courses, and she taught Civil Procedure I from 2012 to 2016.  Starting in 2009, Professor Wandler offered Veterans' Law, an elective covering a variety of legal and policy issues for military veterans.  

Research Interests

Professor Wandler researches legal and policy issues for military veterans, as well as policy issues related to rural residents' access to legal services.

Selected Publications

Spreading Justice to Rural Montana: Expanding Local Legal Services in Underserved Rural Communities, 77 Mont. L. Rev. 235 (2016).

Spreading Justice to Rural Montana: Rurality’s Impacts on Supply and Demand of Legal Services in Montana, 76 Mont. L. Rev. 225 (2015).

Extended Exposure:  Advising Veterans of Federal Criminal Jurisdiction over In-Service Conduct, 61 Fed. Lawyer 14 (Nov. 2014).

The Role of Culture in Advocating for Accurate Diagnosis and Rating of Veterans’ Psychological Disabilities, 2 Mental Health Law & Policy J. 1 (2013).

A New Way for Lawyers to Assist Veterans, 34 Mont. Lawyer 8 (June 2009).

Will Montana Breathe Life into its Positive Constitutional Right to Equal Educational Opportunity?, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 343 (2004).

Professional Experience

Professor Wandler clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge James R. Browning, after graduating from law school.  She then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula.  In 2006, Professor Wandler joined the firm of Garlington, Lohn & Robinson in Missoula, where she represented individuals and corporations in civil litigation.  Professor Wandler also began representing veterans in disability compensation cases at that time, and she has continued representing veterans throughout her career, expanding to discharge upgrade applications and other VA-related issues over the past few years.

International Experience

Professor Wandler taught Comparative Civil Practice in the Summer Study Abroad China Program in 2015.