Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to get their glow on during the 8th annual Griz Glow 5K Fun Run at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the UM Golf Course. Participants will receive a race T-shirt, a reflective race number and LED bracelets and necklaces at check-in. Register online at http://bit.ly/2CSWcLp.
UM WorldFest is the new name and re-envisioning of the longstanding, popular UM International Festival. WorldFest is one of the largest intercultural events in Montana and showcases the rich international and cultural diversity on campus and in the community.
WorldFest 2020 will feature cultural performances on the WorldFest Stage, a Global Connections Plaza, international films, and interactive Children’s World and more. New this year: an exciting “Taste of the World” Food Fair featuring recipes from UM’s international community. Admission the WorldFest is free! WorldFest is sponsored by UM Global Engagement, The Mansfield Center and International Student Association.
The annual Browning Symposium will be September 24-25, 2020, at the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law in Missoula, Montana. The topic this biennium is consumer law in the 21st century, and Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former Ohio attorney general, will give the keynote address.
The Montana Law Review is seeking panelists to share their expertise on cutting edge consumer issues during the symposium and to publish papers in a special symposium edition of the Montana Law Review. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, cryptocurrency, social media influencers, challenges to disclosures, student loans, credit card debt, debt collection, healthcare fraud, pharmaceutical litigation and data privacy.
Western Montana in the fall is a beautiful place to consider these important issues, and the Montana Law Review will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for selected participants. Missoula offers unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities, including world-class fishing and hiking, and is located only hours from Glacier National Park.
Interested participants should submit a short abstract for an unpublished paper, along with institutional affiliation and contact information, to symposium editor Kelsey Dayton at email@example.com. The Montana Law Review will select participants on a rolling basis beginning in April.
Find the Zoom link here: http://hs.umt.edu/evst/calendars/lecture-series.php
This University of Montana lecture series and class was created to honor Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. Panel presentations feature local groups working to help the Missoula area move towards a more sustainable society. Optional field trips were offered outside of class.
The first lectures and field trips were open to all. But starting March 26, the lectures will be offered online, to protect public health. Information on how to access those lectures online is here.
Lecture topics and presenters are listed below:
- Jan. 16: “Sustainability at UM” – Panelists are from UM’s Sustainability Office and waste minimization and recycling programs, UM Facilities Services’ green architect and energy efficiency engineers, UM Campus Dining’s sustainability program; and ASUM Transportation.
- Jan. 23: “Sustainability in Local Government” – Panelists are Missoula city and county sustainability coordinators Chase Jones and Diana Maneta.
- Jan. 30: “Sustainable Shelter” – Panelists are from Homeword, Stockman Bank, St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula Bone & Joint, UM FLAT and the UM Sustainable Construction program.
- Feb. 6: “Sustainable Transportation” – Panelists are from Missoula in Motion, the Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation/FreeCycles, Missoula transportation planners and ASUM Transportation.
- Feb. 13: “Sustainable Food” – Panelists are from Garden City Harvest, Western Montana Farmers Cooperative, and the Community Food & Ag Coalition.
- Feb. 20: “Sustaining Water and Air” – Panelists are from the Missoula Health Department, Clark Fork Coalition, Earthworks and the Clark Fork Kootenai Basin Council.
- Feb. 27: “Sustainable Energy and Efficiency” – Panelists are from the Montana Renewable Energy Association, Climate Smart and Sunrise/350’s.
- March 5: “Zero Waste” – Panelists are from Home Resource, the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, Recycling Works and Missoula Compost Collection.
- March 12: “Restoring/Sustaining Ecosystems/Economies” – Panelists are from the Big Hole Watershed Committee, Trout Unlimited, Geum Environmental and the Blackfoot Challenge.
- March 26: “Faith Community Seeks Sustainability” – Panelists are from Faith and Climate Action, Emmaus Campus Ministry, Montana Interfaith Power & Light and Unitarian Fellowship.
- April 2: “Financing a Sustainable Economy” – Panelists are from MoFi, Clearwater Credit Union, Williamsworks and the UM College of Business sustainable business program.
- April 9: “Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Sustainability” – Panelists will include Rosalyn LaPier and Rose Bear Don’t Walk of UM Environmental Studies and Ranalda Tsosie of UM Chemistry.
- April 16: “Family Planning for Sustainability” – Panelists are from UM Women’s Resource Center and Blue Mountain Clinic. Curry Health Center and Planned Parenthood advocates are invited.
Prospective students and their families will be on campus for open houses, called UM Days, are our most popular campus visit program for prospective students to experience campus and Missoula.
UM Days provides a unique opportunity to experience life at the University of Montana. A number of special events are scheduled during UM Days for participants to explore campus with other students. Participants take a guided tour of campus, view rooms in each of our residence halls, visit with faculty in their academic areas of interest, and hear from various student services on campus, including UM Housing, the Curry Health Center, Campus Recreation, Career Services and many more.
UM Days for all majors will be held:
- Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 – Scholars Day
- Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
- Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
- Friday, March 27, 2020
- Friday, April 24, 2020
- Friday, June 5, 2020
In addition to UM Days for all majors we are hosting six brand new programs that will focus on the University of Montana’s Communities of Excellence. These programs will offer more personalized and tailored opportunities for students who are a little more certain which major and/or career paths they plan to pursue in college.
- Friday, Sep. 27, 2019 – Communication and Artistic Expression
- Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 – Business and Entrepreneurship
- Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 – Science and Technology
- Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 – Health and Human Development
- Friday, March 6, 2020 – Justice, Policy and Public Service
- Friday, April 3, 2020 – Environment and Sustainability
Learn more and see a schedule of events for each UM Day at https://admissions.umt.edu/visit/um-days.php.
The Oral Argument is set for Friday, April 3, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., with an introduction to the oral argument beginning at 9:00 a.m. The event will be streamed online by the Montana Supreme Court.
DA 18-0268 – STATE OF MONTANA, Plaintiff and Appellee, v. CHRIS ARTHUR CHRISTENSEN, Defendant and Appellant.
Chris Christensen was a physician who operated a practice in Florence. In 2015, the State charged him with numerous felonies, alleging that he overprescribed some medications to the extent that his actions could not be considered prescribing drugs in the course of a professional practice.
After a jury trial in the Ravalli County District Court, Christensen was convicted of two counts of negligent homicide, nine counts of criminal endangerment, 388 counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, and one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. The court sentenced him to 20 years commitment to the Department of Corrections, with 10 years suspended.
Christensen has appealed these convictions to the Montana Supreme Court. Christensen argues that the State did not present enough evidence to support the convictions. He also argues a properly licensed physician is exempt from criminal liability for distribution of dangerous drugs for the act of prescribing medication and that the criminal endangerment statute is unconstitutionally vague when applied to prescribing medication. Christensen also alleges the District Court used improper jury instructions, incorrectly allowed the State to introduce some evidence, and did not allow Christensen to elicit certain testimony in his defense.
The State disagrees with Christensen’s arguments and argues that the Montana Supreme Court should uphold the convictions.
The majority of cases before the Montana Supreme Court are decided based upon the written briefs submitted by the parties. However, the Court may decide that a case requires further discussion, in addition to what the parties have argued in their written briefs. In such cases, oral arguments are scheduled in open session before the Court. Approximately 15 cases a year are scheduled for oral argument.
Oral arguments are tightly structured and timed. The counsel for each party is allowed limited time to make an argument. The times typically range from 20 to 40 minutes and are set forth by the Court in the order setting oral argument.
While this format allows the counsel brief opportunity to further develop their arguments, it also gives the Court an opportunity to ask questions of the attorneys on points which the Court needs clarification.