Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Huff

Adjunct Professor in Law / Professor of Philosophy, Emertius Philosophy, Emeritus


  • Office: Law 150
  • Phone: (406) 243-2268
  • Fax: (406) 243-5313
  • Email:
  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-10:45 and 12:30-1:00:00

Personal Summary

Professor Huff teaches the Law School’s seminar in the Philosophy of Law with United States District Judge Donald Molloy and Staff Attorney for the District Court Melissa Hartigan. During his more than 35 years teaching law students, Professor Huff team taught Constitutional Law for more than 25 years with Professors Elison and Kende, and he has frequently taught Jurisprudence as a supplement to first-year Property, Contracts, and Torts classes. Despite his retirement in 2005, Huff has also continued to teach political philosophy and to direct the work of graduate students in the Philosophy Department.

Professor Huff won the University of Montana’s Outstanding Teacher Award twice in 1971 and 1992. He also won the university’s Outstanding Academic Adviser Award (1988) for his work advising undergraduate pre-law students.

Huff served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Law School under a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship during the 1979-80 academic year, and he was the recipient of a Mina Shaughnessy Scholarship from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, Department of Education, for his innovative jurisprudence program at the Law School, 1984-86.

Professor Huff served as Chair of the Philosophy Department, 1971-1975, and 1980-1985. Huff also served the Rhodes Scholarship Program as the University’s Campus Adviser, 1972-1986, and as State Secretary, 1987-2003.

Huff has served on the boards of the Montana Committee for the Humanities, the Missoula Food Bank, the Rock Creek Advisory Committee, the Citizen’s Advisory Council of the Missoula Air Pollution Control Board, and the Citizen’s Committee on Residential Woodburning.


Ph.D., Rice University

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Philosophy of Law