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About us

The Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Montana provides public information and education on the importance of the rule of law in a civilized society, the legal rights and responsibilities of an individual, and the workings of the legal system.
 
The committee created and maintains the Law-Related Education Center to:
 
  • Coordinate law-related education events such as Law Day.
  • Produce original educational materials to inform Montanans about the legal system.
  • Make law-related education curriculum materials and other teaching resources available to educators.
  • Facilitate educational outreach by legal professionals who wish to improve Montanans’ understanding of the rule of law, the role of attorneys and the judiciary.
  • Distribute educational materials and disseminate information about law-related education activities and opportunities through the State Bar.
  • Appear, when possible, at state and local education association meetings and conventions to promote the concept of law-related education.
  • Support youth programs and other civil/legal education activities.
  • Foster statewide cooperation among all those involved in law-related education.
 

Publications

The Law-Related Education Center has produced a few of its own materials for distribution:

  • The Montana Student’s Guide to Turning 18 - The Guide to Turning 18 discusses the legal aspects of different subjects that could be approached by a person after they turn 18. Some subjects the book provides insight on are: Getting Arrested and the Criminal Court, Consumer Protection, Taxes, Housing, Driving Under the Influence, Tribal Laws, and Voting, just to name a few.
  • The Montana Citizen’s Guide to the Courts - The Guide to the Courts provides insight into the Judicial system, from the local courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, including tribal courts, water courts, bankruptcy courts, and information on attorneys, judges, and Montana’s Self-Help Law Program.
 
All of our publications can be sent to you in paper or CD-ROM format for a nominal cost. They can also be downloaded in .pdf format for free using the links above.

Veterans Resource Library

The State Bar of Montana, in coordination with the Law Related Education Committee, has compiled this resource library to assist Veterans in better understanding and accessing the benefits for which they are entitled to, and finding valuable resources in their communities.

Law Day

Law Day is held on May 1 every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The ABA promotes Annual Law Day programming, and that association designates a new theme for each year’s events, with activities that vary from year to year.

Law Day 2017 Theme

The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

In Montana, local bar associations hold Law Day events, which the LREC helps promote. Interested in putting on your own Law Day events? Look to the ABA's 2017 Law Day Planning Guide for inspiration.

Download the 2017 Law Day Planning Guide

Packed with useful information for planning Law Day activities that incorporate the theme The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, the 2017 Law Day Planning Guide is a great resource for Law Day planners and organizers.

Click here for a version of the Planning Guide
that contains an interactive timeline on page 5-6.

Find out more about ABA's Law Day 2017 activities and materials.

MSU Extension MontGuides

Montana State University Extension produces dozens of guides to help guide Montanans through decisions on a wide variety of topics. MontGuides are broken down into three categories: Family Financial Topics; Personal and Social Well-Being; and Family and Parenting. Many are available online, but some are hard-copy only. See the full list of MSU Extension MontGuides.

Contact the committee:

Brenda Wahler, chair
montanabw@mt.net

Joe Menden, communications
jmenden@montanabar.org
406-447-2200