Apr
1
Wed
Call to Submit Papers for Browning Symposium @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law Tickets
Apr 1 all-day
Call to Submit Papers for Browning Symposium @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law

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Interested participants should submit a short abstract for an unpublished paper, along with institutional affiliation and contact information, to symposium editor Kelsey Dayton at kelsey1.dayton@umontana.edu. The Montana Law Review will select participants on a rolling basis beginning in April.

Apr
2
Thu
Online: Seeking Sustainability Lecture Series @ University of Montana Tickets
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online: Seeking Sustainability Lecture Series @ University of Montana

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.
Apr
3
Fri
Livestream Event: Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument Tickets
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Livestream Event: Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument

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.

Apr
8
Wed
CANCELED: Spring Citation Workshop @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law Tickets
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CANCELED:  Spring Citation Workshop @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Blewett School of Law students are invited to participate in the Spring Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. in room 174 on Wednesday, April 8. This workshop will cover:

• Citation refresher: Statutes, regulations, cases, law review articles, treatises
• Citing websites
• Formatting footnotes and the use of id. and supra

This workshop is designed for students writing footnoted papers such as the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) or a seminar paper. It will not cover the in-text citation used in briefs and memos. The workshop will cover formats in the ALWD 6th edition. Bring your ALWD Manual and citation questions. Prof. Gordon will answer questions about citing specific sources as time allows.

CANCELED: ‘Beyond the Headlines: Conflict and Displacement in Myanmar’ @ Liberal Arts Building Room 304 Tickets
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
CANCELED: 'Beyond the Headlines: Conflict and Displacement in Myanmar' @ Liberal Arts Building Room 304

Join UM’s Department of Sociology for a guest lecture by Chris Hyslop, executive director of the Montana World Affairs Council and former UN worker in Myanmar.

Apr
9
Thu
CANCELED: Browning Lecture: The Honorable Morgan Christen @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law - Room 101 Tickets
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CANCELED:  Browning Lecture:  The Honorable Morgan Christen @ Alexander Blewett III School of Law - Room 101

Hosted by the Montana Law Review, the 79th Annual James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law will feature the Honorable Morgan Christen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 5-6 p.m. in room 101 at the Blewett School of Law. A reception will follow the lecture. This lecture will be worth one CLE credit.

This presentation is being recorded by Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). Live streaming will be available during the event via MCAT’s Local Live page at www.mcat.org/local-live.

The Browning Symposium series honors Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Browning, who was raised 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.

CANCELED: Lecture: Tribal Monitoring and Management of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Across the Landscape @ Forestry Building Room 305 Tickets
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CANCELED: Lecture: Tribal Monitoring and Management of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Across the Landscape @ Forestry Building Room 305

Join the American Fisheries Society for a guest lecture. Craig Barfoot, CSKT fisheries biologist, presents ‘Tribal Monitoring and Management of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Across the Landscape.’ This student club meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Forestry 305.

Online: Seeking Sustainability Lecture Series @ University of Montana Tickets
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online: Seeking Sustainability Lecture Series @ University of Montana

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.
Apr
10
Fri
CANCELED: Davidson Honors College Weekly Reception @ Davidson Honors College Lounge Tickets
Apr 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CANCELED: Davidson Honors College Weekly Reception @ Davidson Honors College Lounge

While DHC canceled remaining spring receptions, departments and offices are invited to sign up to co-sponsor dates for the fall 2020. For more information, email victoria.bigelow@mso.umt.edu.

CANCELED: Law Student v. Law Staff Basketball Game @ Dahlberg Arena Tickets
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CANCELED: Law Student v. Law Staff Basketball Game @ Dahlberg Arena

I would like to make clear that the position of the Criminal Law Group is 100% anti-Coronavirus. We neither support nor condone Coronavirus, and would like to be on record as officially disavowing Coronavirus in the strongest terms.

That being said, in the interest of being proactive, we have decided to cancel the Student/Staff basketball game this year. With the uncertainty of events beyond our control, cancellation is the safest step at this time.

-CLG

 

The Criminal Law Group is hosting yet another Student-Staff Basketball Game. Join us on Friday, April 10 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Dahlberg Arena.

Admission will be $5, and all proceeds go to the Montana Innocence Project.