Regents Approve Baucus Institute

Max BaucusThe University of Montana and the Blewett School of Law will be home to the new Max S. Baucus Institute, following approval by the Montana Board of Regents. The Regents approved the academic proposal from the School of Law at their meeting in Bozeman last week. The Baucus Institute will create an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas in a setting devoted to problem-solving. Focusing on economic development with a global perspective, the Baucus Institute will give students crucial skills for representing business clients while serving as a resource promoting economic growth for the entire state.

Dean Kirgis lauded the approval. “Montana businesses and Montana’s practicing bar are part of an increasingly interdependent world. Through the Baucus Institute, we will redouble the school’s efforts in transactional practice, enhance our existing summer study program in China, and give our students new public policy study opportunities,” said Kirgis. Professor Sam Panarella has been called upon to direct the Institute.