Montana Law Week
Montana Law Week 2019 took place April 1-5.
Wednesday, April 3
At 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law returned for 2019, sponsored by the Montana Law Review. This year's lecture speaker was Judge Richard C. Tallman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. For more information, visit the Browning Lecture event page.
This presentation was recorded by Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the law school by MCAT. The Browning Lecture will air on MCAT's Channel 189 on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m., and will also be available for viewing on MCAT's Video on Demand after the original air date.
Friday, April 5
The Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument took place at 9:00 a.m. at the Dennison Theatre. The case being heard was CITY OF KALISPELL, Plaintiff and Appellee, v. THOMAS SALSGIVER, Defendant and Appellant.
Summary: Thomas Salsgiver was arrested and charged with Partner Family Member Assault. He was ordered to personally appear for all court proceedings, with boilerplate language warning that failure to appear would result in a waiver of his right to trial by jury.
Mr. Salsgiver did not appear for his omnibus hearing, although his attorney did. Defense counsel filed a motion for jury trial, arguing that he did not voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently waive his right to a jury trial.
The Montana Constitution includes a provision noting that cases may be tried without jury if a person defaults on their appearance. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains no such provision. Appellant contends that Salsgiver’s Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury was violated, and that the municipal court erred by relying on case law referencing the Montana court’s jury trial provisions.
This presentation was being recorded by Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the law school by MCAT. This Supreme Court Oral Argument will air on MCAT's Channel 189 on Friday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 p.m., and will also be available for viewing on MCAT's Video on Demand after the original air date.
Scenes from the Blewett School of Law's 2018 Law Week, held April 3-6, 2018:
Photography by Todd Goodrich