James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law

Hosted by the Montana Law Review, the 78th Annual James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law was held at 5:00 p.m. at the Blewett School of Law. The 2019 lecture featured Judge Richard C. Tallman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

Welcome and introductions were made by Professors Hillary Wandler and Cynthia Ford, followed by Judge Tallman's lecture, "Holding the Delicate Balance Steady and True": The History of FISA’s Grand Bargain.

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Lecture: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blewett School of Law - Missoula, MT

This presentation was recorded by Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the law school by MCAT. The Browning Lecture will air on MCAT's Channel 189 on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m., and will also be available for viewing on MCAT's Video on Demand after the original air date. 


The Honorable James R. Browning

The Browning Symposium series honors Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Browning, who was reared in Belt, Montana, graduated from The University of Montana School of Law in 1941. He was a member of the first editorial board of the Montana Law Review and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

In September of 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Browning to the Ninth Circuit. His forty year tenure on the Court is the longest of any federal judge in the country. Prior to joining the court, Judge Browning was Clerk of the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Browning served with distinction as Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit from 1976 to 1988. As Chief Judge, Judge Browning was credited with reorganizing and modernizing the administration of the Ninth Circuit. Thanks to his political savvy and remarkable leadership skills, Judge Browning was successful in keeping the Ninth Circuit intact despite persistent efforts to divide the circuit.

In 1991, Judge Browning received the coveted Edward J. Devitt Award for Distinguished Service to Justice, an award presented annually to a federal judge. In September of 2001, the State Bar of Montana bestowed on Judge Browning the Bar’s highest honor, the William J. Jameson Award. In 2005, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco was renamed the James R. Browning United States Courthouse.

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