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Kristen Gustafson Juras

Kristen Gustafson Juras

Adjunct Faculty / Coach, Jessup Moot Court Team
kristen.juras@umontana.edu

Kristen Juras teaches Property, Business Transactions, Agricultural Law, and other business, tax and commercial classes. She is a coach of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, and faculty advisor for the Christian Legal Society.  Prior to teaching, Professor Juras practiced for more than twenty years in the areas of business transactions, tax, and estate planning. She has served as general counsel for a publicly traded corporation, and has also practiced in the area of international law, including the representation of clients in international tribunal proceedings. She is a prior member of the American College of Tax Counsel, served as a member of the Montana Property Tax Task Force, and is past chair of the legislative committee of the Business, Estates, Trust, Tax and Real Estate Section of the Montana State Bar Association.

Professor Juras received her J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1982 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she participated on the Jessup International Moot Court Team, National Moot Court Team, and Georgia Journal of International Law. She was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. degree in French and German in 1977 from the University of Montana.

Professor Juras frequently prepares and presents materials for tax and business attorneys at state and regional continuing legal education seminars. She consults regularly with the Montana State University Extension Service in the publication of the “MontGuide” educational series in the areas of estate and tax planning. She teaches and prepares written materials for the BarBri bar exam review in several areas of law, including agency, business organizations, wills, and trusts.

Other publications include:

State by State Guide to Commercial Real Estates Leases (Aspen Publishing 2012) (Montana chapter)

Law of the Sea in a Nutshell (West Publishing 2010) (co-author)

Stop the Beach Renourishment Stops Private Beachowners’ Right to Exclude the Public, 12 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 45 (2010) (co-author)

United States Response to Maritime Terrorism, in Maritime Security in the South China Sea: Regional Implications and International Cooperation (Oxford University Press 2009)

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