Faculty Partners

Sam Panarella

Sam Panarella, Director

Professor Sam Panarella teaches Contracts I & II, Business Transactions, Business Organizations, and Renewable Energy Law and serves as the director of the School’s summer program in China. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Panarella was the CEO of Crux Consulting, LLC, a legal process and management consulting firm whose clients include the legal departments of several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Professor Panarella was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading western law firm, where he focused his legal practice on energy law, with a specialty in renewable energy development, and representing public and private companies in large-scale industrial and commercial project development.  View Full Bio

Elaine Gagliardi

Elaine Gagliardi

Professor Gagliardi teaches Business Organizations, Business Transactions, Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts, Taxation of Estates and Gifts, and Tax Exempt Organizations. She also serves as the faculty supervisor for three clinics including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Department of Transportation, and University of Montana General Counsel. Professor Gagliardi is currently the law school’s Dean of Students, and served as Associate Dean from 2007-2010. As of 2012, Professor Gagliardi directs the law school’s Montana Tax Institute held each fall in October. She has been elected as an Academic Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel. Professor Gagliardi is a past chair of the Business, Estates, Trust, Tax and Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Montana.  View Full Bio


Anthony Johnstone

Anthony Johnstone is a Professor at the University of Montana School of Law. He teaches and writes about Federal and State Constitutional Law, Legislation, Election Law, and related subjects. Professor Johnstone has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the Montana Legislature, and spoken at academic, professional, and popular events across Montana and the United States. His legal work has been featured in the state and national press, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal, which named him its Appellate Lawyer of the Week in May 2012. Before joining the School of Law, Professor Johnstone served as the Solicitor for the State of Montana, practiced litigation as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, New York, and clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.  View Full Bio

Cathay Smith

Cathay Smith

Professor Smith joined the Alexander Blewett III School of Law in fall 2015 from the Denver University Sturm College of Law where she served as Whiting Clinical Fellow in the Community Economic Development Clinic. Professor Smith received her MSc. in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and B.S. from Washington and Lee University. Her scholarship focuses on intellectual and cultural property law. After law school, Professor Smith practiced as an intellectual property attorney in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for six years, where she represented clients in consumer products, technology, fashion and apparel, and media industries.  View Full Bio

Monte Mills

Monte Mills

Professor Mills teaches in the field of American Indian law. Prior to joining the faculty at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Monte was the Director of the Legal Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, an in-house counsel department that he helped organize and implement in 2005 following completion of a unique two-year in-house attorney training program. In that position, Monte represented and counseled the Tribe on a broad array of issues, including litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, legislative matters before the Colorado General Assembly and the United States Congress, and internal tribal matters such as contracting, code-drafting, and gaming issues.  View Full Bio

Affiliated Faculty


Jeffrey Greene

Jeffrey Greene is a professor of political science at the University of Montana. His specialized areas are public administration, state, local, and urban politics, and public policy. One specific area of interest is pubic budgeting and finance, and economic policy. His primary research area focuses on privatization at the state and local level. He is the author of several books and a variety of articles on privatization, budgeting and finance. View Full Bio


Sara Rinfret

Sara Rinfret is an associate professor of political science at the University of Montana, Missoula where she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, public administration, and American politics. She is the Director for the Master of Public Administration Program and Co-Directs the Social Science Research Laboratory. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level. To date, her work has been published in Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. She has co-authored three books: The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators (Routledge); U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation (Palgrave) (co-written with Michelle Pautz); and Public Policy: A Concise Introduction (forthcoming, CQ Press, with Michelle Pautz and Denise Scheberle). She is a recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Program in public administration and studied with University of Aarhus (Denmark) in 2016. Her MPA is from Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University.  View Full Bio


Andrea Vernon

Andrea Vernon is the executive director of Montana Campus Compact and director of UM's Civic Engagement office. Andrea has worked in higher education service learning, nonprofit administration and AmeriCorps National Service programs for the past twenty-four years in Montana. Through this work, Andrea is involved in administering programs that engage college students in community-based service and learning experiences, and teaching courses in community engagement and nonprofit administration. Andrea's scholarship and professional outreach focus on building mutually beneficial partnerships between campuses and communities and enhancing professional development of the nonprofit sector. She has served on boards of directors for several local and statewide nonprofit organizations. Andrea holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in sociology and received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana.  View Full Bio