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Are the Rules Different when the Government is a Party? CLE
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This CLE brings together attorneys who sue government entities and attorneys who represent government entities to discuss emerging tends in § 1983 law, balancing the right to know and the right to privacy, the public duty doctrine, and attorney’s fees. A panel of judges will address the issues of civility in the courtroom—with an emphasis on cases involving self -represented litigants.

5/6/2016
When: May 6, 2016
7:45a - 4:45p
Where: Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd.
Helena, Montana  59601
United States
Contact: Meagan Caprara
(406) 447-2206


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Are the Rules Different when the Government is a Party?

A Perspective from Judges and Lawyers who Represent Both Sides

 -Approved for 7.0 (including 1.5 Ethics) Live Montana CLE Credits 


Schedule

a.m.

7:45

Registration (Continental Breakfast Included)

8:05-8:15

Welcome and Introductions

8:15-9:45

Professional Ethics and Dealing with Self—Represented Litigants

Justice Jim Shea, Hon. Sam Haddon,

Hon. DeeAnn Cooney & Hon. David M. Ortley

9:45-10:15

5 Point Test for Vexatious Litigation

Maggie Sampsel

10:15-10:30

Break

10:30-Noon

Balancing the Right to Know and the Right to Privacy Under the Montana Constitution

Anthony Johnstone, Mike Manion & Mike Meloy

12:00 Lunch Provided

p.m.

1:00-2:30

A Whirlwind Tour of § 1983

Michelle Badaruddin, Ron Waterman &

Sarah Clerget

2:30-3:15

Public Duty Doctrine—Still Alive and Well in Montana?

Mark Higgins

3:15-3:30

Break

3:30-4:45

Attorney’s Fees—Is the “American Rule” Still the Rule in Montana—Even When Seeking Fees Against a Government Entity?

Justice Beth Baker, Ben Alke & Mark Higgins

Who are the speakers?

Faculty:

· Justice Beth Baker, Montana Supreme Court

· Justice Jim Shea, Montana Supreme Court

· Honorable Judge DeeAnn Cooney,1st Judicial District

· Honorable Judge Sam Haddon,United State District Court for the District of Montana (Helena Division)

· Honorable Judge David M. Ortley, Eleventh Judicial District

· Ben Alke, Esq. Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes,Bozeman

· Michelle Badaruddin, Esq. Pro se law clerk, United States District Court, Missoula

· Sarah Clerget, Esq. Agency Legal Services, Montana Department of Justice

· Mark Higgins, Esq. Ugrin, Alexander, Zadick & Higgins, PC, Great Falls

· Anthony Johnstone, Esq. Alexander Blewett III, School of Law

· Mike Manion, Esq. Chief Legal Counsel, State of Montana, Dep’t of Administration

· Mike Meloy, Freedom of Information Hotline, Helena

· Margaret Sampsel, Law Clerk, Eleventh Judicial District Court

· Ron Waterman, Gough Shanahan Johnson & Waterman, PLLP, Helena

Moderators:

· Rebekah French, Esq. Risk Management & Tort Defense Division, State of Montana

· Susan Gobbs, Esq. Executive Director, Peoples Law Center

 

Where is it?

The seminar is at the Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd. Helena, MT 59601.  A very limited number of rooms have been blocked; please make your RESERVATIONS BEFORE April 5, 2016 to get the discount price of $141 + tax. You may call the hotel at 1-(406)-457-5500 and reference State Bar of Montana.  

 

Registration and Pricing

PRICE A         for attorneys practicing five years or more and all

                          other non-attorney registrants.

PRICE B         for attorneys practicing under five years and

                          members of the State Bar Paralegal Section.

PRICE C         for attorneys practicing in the public sector,

                          government or non-profit


                                       Price A      Price B     Price C

Paid before April 13:            $275       $250       $250

Paid after April 13:              $300       $275       $275

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are 75% if cancellation is 7 days or more before the seminar. Refunds are 50% if cancellation is less than 7 days. No refunds for cancellations on or after the date of the seminar. Cancellations or substitutions may be made by calling 406-447-2206.