Faculty at the School of Law
Montana Constitutional Law
Assistant Professor Anthony Johnstone
Adjunct Professor Hon. Jim Nelson
The Montana Constitution is a living document which has spawned, and continues to spawn, a rich jurisprudence on the fundamental nature of government and the definition of individual freedoms. This course begins with a broad overview of the adoption of the Montana Constitution in 1972 and its relationship to the U.S. Constitution. It then looks at the structure of government as set out in the Constitution, and especially the important role of local governments under the Constitution. It discusses Montana's unique provision on the right to human dignity and how it relates to the other individual rights in the Constitution. It covers the individual rights enumerated in the Montana Constitution, as well as the right to a clean and healthful environment and the right to a basic quality education. It is a course rich in modern jurisprudence and provides an in depth understanding for litigating constitutional issues.