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2016-2017 Bar Leadership

Executive Committee

President
Bruce M. Spencer, Helena

President-Elect
Leslie Halligan, Missoula

Secretary-Treasurer
Jason T. Holden, Helena

Immediate Past President
Matthew B. Thiel, Missoula

Chair of the Board
Luke Berger, Helena

Board of Trustees

Area A
Jessica Polan, Kalispell

Area B
Beth Brennan, Missoula
Brian C. Smith, Missoula
David Steele, Missoula

Area C
Kaylan Minor, Dillon

Area D
Channing Hartelius, Great Falls
Paul Haffeman, Great Falls

Area E
Kent Sipe, Lewistown

Area F
Luke Berger, Helena
Kate Ellis, Helena
Stuart Segrest, Helena

Area G
Christopher Gray, Bozeman
Lynda White, Bozeman

Area H
Ross McLinden, Billings
Eric Nord, Billings
Juli Pierce, Billings

Delegates to the American Bar Association

Damon Gannett, Billings
Shane A. Vannatta, Missoula

 

History & Purpose

The purposes of the State Bar of Montana are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain and require on the part of those engaged in the practice of law high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service, and conduct: to safeguard a forum for the discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the bar to the public; to provide for the continuing legal education of members of the bar; and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. [Constitution of the State Bar of Montana, Article III, Purposes]

The voluntary Montana Bar Association, established on January 8, 1885, had by 1889, the year Montana's first constitution was adopted, a standing committee on legal education and admission to the Bar. The State Bar of Montana was created by order of the Montana Supreme Court in January, 1974. In it's Order, the Court provided that all persons practicing law in the state were obliged to be members of the State Bar. The purposes of the State Bar are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster, maintain and require on the part of attorneys high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service and conduct; to safeguard proper professional interests of the local bar associations; to provide a forum for discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the Bar to the public; to provide for continuing legal education of members of the Bar and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. [Organization Chart]