Highlighting a time of transitions at the State Bar of Montana
Friday, February 2, 2018
By John Mudd
Transitions. We each make them. From youth to adult. From law student to lawyer. And for some, from lawyer to judge or justice.
This month’s Montana Lawyer highlights transitions.
In our cover story, we focus on the appointment of District Judge Ingrid Gustafson to the Montana Supreme Court. Justice Gustafson will bring perspective from her years of service in Montana’s busy 13th Judicial District to her seat on the state’s highest court.
In this month’s column, District Judge Leslie Halligan, President of the State Bar of Montana, shares her own perspectives on Montana’s juvenile justice system, where Montana Youth Courts have been receiving nearly 6,000 referred cases per year. And Lars Phillips delves deeper into Montana Supreme Court’s recent decision in Steilman v. Michael, addressing the constitutionality of life sentences for juvenile offenders (see page 24).
Toni Tease helps us shift gears, asking us to think about brands, of the livestock variety. Her column is a reminder of this year’s return of the Bucking Horse CLE in Miles City this May. The CLE is a member favorite and we hope to see many of you there.
Speaking of you, our valued members, a word about this publication. As you know, we recently undertook a comprehensive membership survey, including seeking your input on the Montana Lawyer magazine. You’ve told us that you value and read both the traditional print and the new digital version, but still far more print than digital. And many of you commented that you would appreciate a better look for the print version, including the paper and ink. We’ve listened carefully. In the coming months, we will be examining how we can improve the print version of the Montana Lawyer in a cost-effective way, while continuing to adapt our communications to an increasingly digital world. More to come.
Finally, as I begin my own transition into the role of Executive Director, I want to thank Chris Manos for his many years of service and the countless hours he spent working to support our members. It is now my great privilege to lead the staff of this important organization, serving all of you as we work together to advance our justice system.
I look forward to seeing you in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have a thought, comment or concern, always feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All my best,