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Andrew King-Ries



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Professor King-Ries teaches Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Race and Racism, Juvenile Justice, Evidence, and Law and Literature.  He also supervises the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Prosecution Clinics.  He has written numerous articles dealing with race, racism, and professional identity, in addition to articles about prosecution of domestic violence offenses.  He is a frequent presenter on domestic violence, criminal law, criminal procedure, and race and racism.

Before coming to Montana, he was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit; and, for eight years, a prosecutor, specializing in domestic violence cases, for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle, Washington. Professor King-Ries is married to a writer and lawyer and they have an eighteen-year-old science and soccer fanatic.

Professor King-Ries graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a degree in History. He received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Order of the Coif and an editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly. 

He currently serves as a member of the Just Response Sexual Assualt Resource Center Advisory Board.  In addition, he is a member of the Montana Supreme Court Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.  For a number of years, King-Ries was the chair of the University of Montana's Discrimination Grievance Committee.

Professor King-Ries is the chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.  For more information on the Commission, please click here.

Professor King-Ries was recently appointed by American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez to the ABA Coronovirus Task Force.  For more information on the ABA Coronovirus Task Force and to access resources, please visit this link.  For information on resources related to Coronovirus and Domestic Violence, please click here.

Pronouns:  he, him, his.


Antiracism, Reflection, and Professional Identity, 18 Hastings Race & Poverty L. J. 3 (2020) (with Eduardo R.C. Capulong & Monte Mills).

‘Race, Racism and American Law’: A Seminar from the Indigenous, Black, and Immigrant Legal Perspectives, 21 Scholar: St. Mary's L. Rev. Race Soc. Just. 1, 20 (with Eduardo R.C. Capulong, & Monte Mills, 2019).

Arbitrary and Godlike Determinations:  Insanity, Neuroscience, and Social Control in Montana, 76 Mont. L. Rev. 281 (2015)

Teens, Technology, and Cyberstalking:  The Domestic Violence Wave of the Future?, 20 Texas J. Women & L. 131 (2011)

A Fall from Grace:  United States v. W.R. Grace and the Need for Criminal Discovery Reform, 20 Cornell J. L. & Pol. 313 (2010) (co-authored with Beth Brennan)

A Response to The Sound of Silence, 87 Texas L. Rev. See Also 85 (2009).

Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Need for Cross-Cultural Education in Law Schools, 5 Tenn. J. L. & Pol. 27 (2009).

An Argument for Original Intent: Restoring Rule 801(d)(1)(A) to Protect Domestic Violence Victims in a Post-Crawford World, 27 Pace L. Rev. 199 (2007).

Forfeiture by Wrongdoing: A Panacea for Victimless Domestic Violence Prosecutions, 39 Creighton L. Rev. 441 (2006).

State v. Mizenko: The Montana Supreme Court Wades into the Post-Crawford Waters, 67 Mont. L. Rev. 275 (2006).

Crawford v. Washington: The End of Victimless Prosecutions?, 28 Seattle U. L. Rev. 301 (2005).

True to Character: Honoring the Intellectual Foundations of the Character Evidence Rule in Domestic Violence Prosecutions, 23 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 313 (2004).

Extraterritoriality of Restrictive State Abortion Laws:  States Can Abort Plans to Abort at Home But Not Abroad, 70 Wash. U. L.Q. 1205 (1992)


  • "Race, Racism, and the Language of Law School:  Power of Words in Shaping Professional Identity,"  American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Janurary 2021 (moderator with Eduardo Capulong and Monte Mills).
  • "Developing Anti-Racist Professional Identities:  Infusing Reflective Practice with Critical Race Consciousness," Northwest Clinician Law Conference, November 2020 (presenter with Eduardo Capulong and Monte Mills).
  • "Power of Pro Bono for Domestic Violence Survivors During the COVID-19 Pandemic," US District Court POWER Act CLE, Missoula, MT, September 2020.
  • "Race and Class in the US:  The Legal Academy's and Profession's Role in Pacification and Social Change," American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 2019 (moderator with Eduardo Capulong and Monte Mills).
  • "Rising Together:  Radically Reimagining Race, Racism, and American Law through Indigenous, African-American, and immigrant Narratives,"  Race and Pedagogy Conference, University of Puget Sound, September 2018 (presenter with Eduardo Capulong and Monte Mills).
  • "A Conversation with Dean Strang," University of Montana, Missoula, MT, October 7, 2016.
  • "Due Process, Freedom of Speech, and Campus Sexual Assault," Montana Law Review Symposium, Missoula, MT, September 30, 2016 (moderator).
  • Criminal Procedure, Montana Justice Institute, Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Judges School, Missoula, MT, June 2016.
  • "The Castle Doctrine," Montana State Bar Association Annual Meeting CLE, September 10, 2015
  • "Cell Phones, DNA, and Search Incident to Arrest," Yellowstone County Bar Association CLE, Billings, MT, February 27, 2015
  • Panelist, Mediation and Domestic Violence, Montana Mediation Association Conference, Missoula, MT, April 27, 2012
  • “Technology and the 4th Amendment,” Montana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 15, 2012
  • Panelist at “Libby, The Next Conversation” presented by UM Environmental Justice Students, Environmental Studies Program, UM History Department, UM Environmental Law Group, SESJ, and The Institute for Medicine and the Humanities, 2009
  • Panelist, “Key Enforcement and Regulatory Developments in U.S. EPA Region 8,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources CLE, Denver, CO, November 5-6, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Interdisciplinary Instruction in the Millenial Age: A Live Trial Blog as a Three-Layered Platform for Legal Education,” Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, June 23, 2009
  • "The Need for Cross-Cultural Skills Education in Law Schools," 2008 International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA February 20-23, 2008
  • “Honoring the Intellectual Foundations of the Character Evidence Rule in Domestic Violence Prosecutions,” Domestic Violence and the Law:  Theory, Policy, and Practice, St. Louis University Public Law Review Symposium, St. Louis, MO, October 3, 2003