ACLU of Montana

Academic Year/Summer

Faculty Supervisor: Adjunct Professor Maylinn Smith

Supervising Attorney: Alex Rate

Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility

Areas of Emphases: Constitutional law; civil rights; anti-discrimination law; identification of legal issues; legal research, analysis, and writing; factual investigation and development; objective and persuasive oral and written communication; client interviewing and counseling; complex civil litigation; pro bono service; access to justice

Sample Projects

  • Draft motion for summary judgment and supporting affidavits
  • Prepare predictive memoranda in voting rights case
  • Draft complaint and other similar civil litigation documents

General Information

The mission of the ACLU of Montana is to protect and defend federal and state constitutional rights. Students identify constitutional issues, perform legal research, interview prospective clients and witnesses, draft demand letters, motions and pleadings, engage in discovery, meet with government officials, and attend and contribute to court hearings.  The ACLU of Montana collaborates often with the ACLU national office.