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Montana Women in the Law; Past, Present & Future - Women's Law Section CLE
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When: 10/2/2015
5:00 PM Oct 1 - 4:45 pm Oct 2
Where: Chico Hot Springs
163 Chico Rd
Pray, MT  59065
Presenter: Women's Law Section
Contact: Tawna Meldrum

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Please call Chico Hot Springs for hotel reservations at (406) 333-4933

If you are having difficulty finding lodging, you might try the Yellowstone Valley Lodge, less than 10 miles from Chico-

You will learn Montana has a proud history of women lawyers dating back to territorial days and about the inspiring women who forged the practice and opened doors for women practicing in Montana today.  Current members of the Montana Supreme Court and Montana federal and district courts will share their insights about changes and challenges that impact all practitioners.  During afternoon breakout sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues practicing in your field.  Be sure and stay till the end – because our last two speakers represent the future of women in the law in Montana. 


Who are the speakers?


Justice Beth Baker, Montana Supreme Court

Justice Patricia Cotter, Montana Supreme Court

Justice Laurie McKinnon, Montana Supreme Court

Honorable Carolyn Ostby, U.S. District Court

Honorable Susan Watters, U.S. District Court

Honorable Kathy Bidegaray, 7th Judicial District Court

Honorable Brenda Gilbert, 6th Judicial District Court

Honorable Leslie Halligan, 4th Judicial District Court

Honorable Mary Jane McCalla Knisely, 13th Judicial District Court

Honorable Heidi Ulbricht, 11th Judicial District Court

Jeanne Bender, Holland and Hart, L.L.P., Billings

Jordan Crosby, Ugrin, Alexander, Zadick and Higgins, P.C., Great Falls

Holly Franz, Franz and Driscoll, Helena

Kelly Gallinger, Brown Law Firm, P.C., Billings

Ellie Boldman Hill, House District 90, Missoula

Randi Hood, Office of Public Defender, Helena

Tammy Hinderman, Montana Department of Justice, Helena

Ada Montague, Franz and Driscoll, Helena

Iryna O’Connor, Helena City Attorney’s Office, Helena

Martha Sheehy, Sheehy Law Firm, Billings

Michelle Sullivan, Holland and Hart, L.L.P., Billings





7:30 – 7:55

Registration (Hot Breakfast included)

7:55 – 8:00

Welcoming Remarks

8:00 – 9:00

History of Women in the Law

Justice Beth Baker and Judge Susan Watters

9:00 – 9:30

More History of Women in the Law

Sherry Matteucci

9:30 – 10:15

Preserving the Record for Appeal

Justice Patricia Cotter and Justice Laurie McKinnon

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:15

Judicial Panel – State District Court

Hon. Kathy Bidegaray, Hon. Brenda Gilbert, Hon. Leslie Halligan,

Hon. Mary Jane McCalla Knisely, and Hon. Heidi Ulbricht

12:15 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:45

United States Federal Court and Ninth Circuit Update

Judge Carolyn Ostby and Jordan Crosby, Lawyer Representative to the

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for the District of Montana.

1:45 – 3:15

Break Out Session:

Michelle Sullivan and Jeanne Bender – Civil Litigation

Kelly Gallinger and Martha Sheehy – Insurance Law

Holly Franz and Ada Montague – Integrating a new attorney into your


Randi Hood and Tammy Hinderman – Criminal Law

3:15 – 3:30


3:30 – 4:15

“True Grit and a Growth Mindset – Secrets of Success for

Women Lawyers”

Iryna O’Connor

4:15 – 4:45

Update from the 2015 Legislative Session – Events that directly affect


Representative Ellie Hill