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2018 Bench Bar CLE

The State Bar’s Judicial Relations Committee targets issues pivotal to 2018 judiciary with this CLE:  The essential role of the Federal Courts; insights on effective advocacy from the bench; candid suggestions from retired judiciary;  ethical negotiations and mediations; the responsibilities of Treatment Courts; and justice in an era of reduced budgets, including e-filing.  Key issues, critical knowledge for Montana’s litigators.

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
7:45am -5:00pm
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula
200 S. Pattee St.
Missoula, Montana  59802
United States
Contact: Meagan Gallagher

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2018 Bench & Bar CLE

Approved for 7.5 Montana CLE Credits (Including 1.5 Ethics)


Friday a.m.


Registration (Breakfast Included)


Welcoming Remarks


Ethics in Negotiations & Mediations

Retired Magistrates Carolyn Ostby & Keith Strong





Rex Renk & Lois Schlyer


Roles of Article III Judges & Magistrates

Chief Judge Dana Christensen & Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch

11:45– 12:45

Lunch Provided

Friday p.m.


Effective Trial Advocacy: Highlights from the Advance Trial Advocacy Program

Hon. Rod Souza, Hon. Elizabeth Best & Hon. Leslie Halligan




What Lawyers Can Do to Get Their Cases Resolved in an Era of Reduced Budgets

Justice Beth Baker, Justice Ingrid Gustafson & Beth McLaughlin


Treatment Courts

Hon. Gregory Pinski


Thoughts on Advocacy from Recently Retired Judges

Justice Michael Wheat, Justice Patricia Cotter & Hon. Jeffery Sherlock



·Magistrate Keith Strong (Retired), Bozeman

·Stuart Segrest, Esq., Attorney General’s Office, Helena

·Natasha Prinzing Jones, Esq., Boone Karlberg P.C., Missoula



·Justice Beth Baker, Helena

·Justice Patricia Cotter (Retired), Helena

·Justice Ingrid Gustafson, Helena

·Justice Michael Wheat (Retired), Helena

·Chief Judge Dana Christensen, Missoula

·Hon. Elizabeth Best, Great Falls

·Hon. Leslie Halligan, Missoula

·Hon. Gregory Pinski, Great Falls

·Hon. Jeffery Sherlock (Retired), Helena

·Hon. Rodney Souza, Billings

·Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch, Missoula

·Magistrate Carolyn Ostby (Retired), Bozeman 

·Magistrate Keith Strong (Retired), Bozeman

·Beth McLaughlin, Montana Supreme Court Administrator, Helena

·Rex Renk, Deputy Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, Helena

·Lois Schlyer, Montana Supreme court E-Filing Program Manager, Helena


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 A          Price B

Early Registration Paid by April 2:                 $285            $260

Paid after April 2:                                           $310            $285


Printed Course Book $35

Electronic materials are included in the registration price,
printed course books are an additional $35


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. No refunds will be made on printed course books after April 2, 2018.