School of Law and DPAP Alumni and Former Faculty Elected to State Office

Congratulations to the public servants affiliated with the Blewett School of Law and the Max S. Baucus Institute's Department of Public Administration and Policy who won in the statewide election this November:

  • Kristen Juras was elected Lieutenant Governor of Montana. She is a former faculty member (2000-2020) in the School of Law, who taught courses in property, business law and international law. She also helped create the School of Law’s successful Bar preparation program.
  • Austin Knudsen (’08) is the Attorney General-elect of Montana. Knudsen is a former Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 34 from 2011 to 2019. Knudsen served as speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019. He previously served as speaker pro tempore.
  • Justice Jim Shea (’91) is a judge of the Montana Supreme Court. He assumed office in 2014 and was retained for another term.
  • Christi Jacobsen (’00) won the election for Secretary of State. With nearly two decades of experience in leadership for state government, she is currently the Deputy Secretary of State. She holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Montana.