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State Bar News for November 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Hennen selected as State Bar trustee for Area A

The State Bar’s Board of Trustees has selected Ryan Hennen to serve as the board’s new trustee for Area A, Flathead and Lake Counties.

Hennen, a 2015 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, currently works for the Office of the Public Defender’s Region 1 office in Kalispell. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam E. Haddon, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, and served as a special deputy county attorney for the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office in 2014.

Hennen, who is also running for election to the Whitefish City Council, said public service has always been meaningful to him and he is excited for the opportunity to increase his involvement in the bar.

Hennen takes over the term of Jessica Polan, who resigned her position when she recently moved out of Area A. The term ends in September 2018.

All November, take the bar’s Pro Bono Connect Challenge

The State Bar of Montana thanks all attorneys who give back to their community through the provision of pro bono services. There remain many low-income Montanans in need of legal assistance with nowhere to turn. You may be the only help. During the month of November the State Bar is running a special challenge to help meet these legal needs.

The Montana Pro Bono Connect phone advice project is a program through the Montana Legal Services Association that allows you to provide phone advice at your convenience on a variety of legal issues including family law, consumer law, bankruptcy, landlord tenant, and wills and estates. Through Montana Pro Bono Connect you can provide bite-size pro bono with one or two hours of pro bono service. It’s a great way to put your legal skills to work for the public good, with the added bonus of malpractice coverage through MLSA.

For each phone advice appointment taken with Montana legal services you will be entered into a drawing for free CLE certificates! To sign up for a shift, simply use this form to choose a day, time, and subject area. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Angie Wagenhals at or by calling 406-442-9830 ext. 148.

Volunteer internships available at US Department of Justice

Do you know any law students interested in a volunteer legal internship at U.S. Department of Justice?

Every year, over 3,000 volunteer legal interns serve in U.S. Department of Justice components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country. Any law student enrolled at least half-time and who has completed at least one semester of law school is eligible to apply for a volunteer legal internship.

DOJ offices recruit for legal interns through vacancy announcements posted on the DOJ Legal Careers web page at Each announcement lists the applicable deadlines and requirements and students interested in volunteer internships at DOJ for spring and summer 2016 should apply now. Students apply directly to each office in which they have an interest.