State Bar of Montana's
Justice Initiatives Committee
Montana Supreme Court appoints Access to Justice Commission
Creation Documents: ORDER Petition Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C
Would you like to boost your income while serving low and moderate income Montanans?
Modest Means is a reduced fee civil representation program. When Montana Legal Services is unable to serve a client due to a conflict of interest, lack of available assistance or client income is slightly above Montana Legal Services Association guidelines, they refer that person to the State Bar.
What are the benefits of joining Modest Means?
You are covered by the Montana Legal Services malpractice insurance, will receive recognition in the Montana Lawyer and, when you spend 50 hours on Modest Means and/or Pro Bono work, notify us to receive a free CLE certificate entitling you to attend any State Bar sponsored CLE. State Bar Bookstore Law Manuals are available to you at a discount and attorney mentors can be provided.
Want to apply for Modest Means? Have any questions?
Contact Kathie Lynch at (406) 447-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in Modest Means? Download the attorney application here.
Family law mentoring survey
Pro Bono Presentation
Pro Bono Tool Kit
Order ATJC Pro Bono Admittee
Next Meeting- February 26, 2014. At the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center, Bozeman MT from 10-3.
October 21, 2013
September 18, 2013 in person
August 28, 2013
May 22, 2013
April 24, 2013
March 27, 2013
February 27, 2013
January 29, 2013
December 18, 2012
November 22, 2011
September 14, 2011
June 7, 2011
February 2, 2011
November 15, 2010
June 3, 2010
March 9, 2010
January 12, 2009
August 7, 2009
May 7, 2009
September 18, 2008 (Joint Meeting)
May 1, 2008
February 6, 2008
January 10, 2008
Abigail St. Lawrence
Ed Bartlett, Billings
Jennifer Brandon, Bozeman
Ann Davey, Columbus
Tammie Fagan, Brady
Patty Fain, Billings
Jessica Fehr, Billings
Anna Felton, Libby
Susan Gobbs, Helena
Burt Hurwitz, Billings
Marijo MacDonald, Butte
Hon. Laurie McKinnon, Helena
Jock Michelotti, Billings
Brian Muldoon, Whitefish
Charles Munson, Helena
Pamela Poon, Bozeman
Peggy Probasco, Butte
Brandi Ries, Missoula
Klaus Sitte, Missoula
Nancy Sweeney, Helena
Steve Williams, Helena
Board of Trustees Liaison
Luke Berger, Helena
Janice Doggett, State Bar of Montana
Excellent PowerPoint explaining pro bono
Other great information:
Court Help Information
Model Pro Bono Policy
Pro bono policy draft Toolkit
Pro Bono FAQs
Emeritus status FAQ
Sign up for the Appellate Pro Bono Program here
2011 Pro Bono Report and Summary (read here)
See the Program featured in the January 2011 issue of the Montana Lawyer magazine
Encourage programs which increase attorney awareness of the need for pro bono legal services and Rules 6.1 and 6.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Continue cooperation with the Equal Justice Task Force, the Commission on Self-Represented Litigants, judges, and local bar associations to expand civil legal services to low-income people.
Develop an annual plan and accompanying budget for approval by the Board of Trustees.
Need court help information? Check it out here.
Don't miss the program update either-- check it out!
Veterans Survey Documents
Survey assessment, executive summary
DRAFT Legal Guide
2013 Award Winners
The winner of the Neil Haight pro bono is Tom Lynaugh from Billings.
The winner of the Karla M. Gray Equal Justice Award winner is Justice Beth Baker
The criteria for the Neil Haight pro bono award can be found here.
The Karla M. Gray Equal Justice Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Montana September 18-20.. The annual award honors a judge who has demonstrated dedication to improving access to Montana courts by:
- Personally accomplishing noteworthy work improving access for all people, regardless of income, to the Montana court system.
- Taking part in local accesss-to-justice efforts, including program development, cooperative efforts between programs, and support for community outreach efforts to improve understanding of access to the courts.
- Actively supporting citizen involvement in the judicial system.
- Actively committing to increasing involvement of volunteer attorneys in representing the indigent and those of limited means.
- Making other significant efforts that exhibit a long-term commitment to improving access to the judicial system.
The winner of the award will be selected by the State Bar Executive Committee after receiving recommendations from the State Bar Access to Justice Committee, the Supreme Court Equal Justice Task Force and the Supreme Court Commission on Self-Represented Litigants.
Montana Access to Justice 2011 Report to the Montana Supreme Court