University of Montana Legal Counsel's Office

Field Placement
Academic Year/Summer

Faculty Supervisor

Professor Elaine Gagliardi

Supervising Attorney

Lucy France


Professional Responsibility

Areas of Emphasis

The intersection of Higher Education Law and substantive areas of law, including affirmative action, diversity and equal opportunity issues, federal research compliance, contracts, tort cases and counseling various UM groups on legal issues; Problem solving, legal research, written and oral communication, handling litigation and administrative agency proceedings, draft contracts, legislation and policies, develop interpersonal skills, client counseling, and identify/resolve ethical issues.

Sample Projects

  • Research on federal and state regulatory matters
  • Investigate discrimination cases
  • Evaluate likely and potential impact on UM of proposed activities
  • Participate in student and employee disciplinary cases
  • Draft UM policies
  • Provide legal analysis and support to University administrators and committees

General Information

The University of Montana General Counsel’s Office (UMGC) does general legal work involving The University of Montana’s campuses in Missoula, Butte, Dillon, and Helena.  This work may include assisting with legal representation of the University in litigation and administrative agency proceedings; researching topics relating to current higher education issues; drafting legislation; developing University policies; handling grant administration, and federal and state compliance issues; patent-related matters; dealing with a variety of affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity issues; and working with University administrators and committees. The UMGC also provides legal support for the Montana Board of Regents and Commissioner of Higher Education.