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Montana law student wins pro bono award

On October 18, third year University of Montana law student Emily Lucas received this year’s Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award. The award is a collaboration between Mike Haynes has joined the Law Firm of Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA), the University of Joyce, Johnston & MacDonald. Mike was raised in Montana School of Law, and several community partners. The Butte and graduated from Butte High School. He distinction included a $500 check donated by Crowley Fleck, continued his education at Montana Tech, where PLLP, which was presented to Lucas during Friday’s ceremony he graduated with honors in 2009. Mike went on held at the Missoula County Courthouse. to study at the University of Montana School of Haynes A deserving candidate, Lucas has donated an estimated 200 Law where he received his law degree in May 2013. hours to volunteer legal work outside the classroom over the He is admitted to practice in all state and federal last three years. Her involvement in pro bono has ranged from courts throughout Montana. Mike’s areas of practice include implementing a domestic violence clinic, working with Crime representing injured persons in claims involving automobile Victim’s Advocate Office, DOVES, the YWCA, and Rubin & collisions, workplace accidents, disability and insurance. Mike Ries Law Offices. Her passion when it comes to the law is to looks forward to serving the legal interests of clients throughout work with victims of domestic violence. She says access to legal Montana. services is important in all areas, but when domestic violence is present, civil legal representation can create an avenue for vicPugh joins Tarlow, Stonecipher & Steele tims to leave. According to Lucas, “the ability to leave reduces The law firm of Tarlow, Stonecipher & Steele, PLLC, rethe overall prevalence of violence within a community.” cently welcomed Matt J. Pugh to its practice. Matt was born Although pro bono benefits the community and her clients, and raised in Kalispell. He graduated with honors from the Lucas says she feels just as rewarded about the experience. University of Montana School of Law in 2012. For his under“I think it’s important to remember that providing pro bono graduate education, he attended Montana State University and services is not only beneficial to those who are served, it is perreceived a degree in Business Management and Economics sonally rewarding. It can provide an unparalleled opportunity in 2008, graduating with highest honors. During law school, for career development through direct supervision by practicing Matt served as an editor of the Public Lands & Resources Law attorneys and meaningful client interactions,” she said. Review. He spent the last year working as a law clerk to Justice The award is handed out annually in October to a third year Patricia Cotter at the Montana Supreme Court. Matt is admitlaw student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment ted to practice law in Montana and the U.S. District Court for to public service and pro bono legal work during their law the District of Montana. He will be engaged generally in the school career. firm’s practice, with an emphasis on litigation. Please contact — Elizabeth Weaver MLSA AmeriCorps VISTA Matt at (406) 586-9714 or

Haynes joins Joyce, Johnston & MacDonald

Continuing Legal Education For more information about upcoming State Bar CLE, please call Gino Dunfee at (406) 447-2206. You can also find more info and register at, just click the CLE link in the Member Tools box on the upper-right side of the home page. We do mail out fliers for all multi-credit CLE sessions, but not for 1-hour phone CLE or webinars. The best way to register for all CLE is online.


January, 2014

Nov. 8 - Montana’s New Uniform Trust Code (MT UTC), Substituted Judgment for Conservators and Estate Planning — Crowne Plaza, Billings. Sponsored by the Business, Estates, Trusts, Tax & Real Property (BETTR) Law Section. 6.75 Montana CLE Credits, including 2.00 Ethics credits.

Jan. 17-19 - CLE & SKI — Big Sky. Sponsored by the CLE Institute. Approved for 10.00 CLE credits, including 3.00 Ethics credits. Earn all your Ethics credits for this reporting period. Other areas covered include important information on health care reform, business law update, law office security tips and a Supreme Court update.

Nov. 21 - Noon Webinar: 2013 Legislative Session Update for Nonprofits and Charities. Sponsored by the CLE Institute. 1.00 CLE credit. Pre-Registraton closes 11/18.

February Feb. 14 - Annual Real Estate CLE — Fairmont Hot Springs. Details pending.

December Dec. 6 - Criminal Law Evidence — Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula. CoSponsored by the Criminal Law Section and CLE Institute. Keynote Speaker is Professor Edward J. Imwinkelried, of UC Davis School of Law. 6.00 CLE Credits.

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